Rich color and captivating artistic detail bring an enchanting touch to your look. Crafted in polished sterling silver, this intriguing pendant features the striking image of a dragon in one oval shaped carved 54x42mm red cinnabar or dyed black onyx in an adhesive setting. You will also discover one round 6mm red cinnabar or dyed black onyx in an adhesive setting between the enhancer bail and the pendant.
The pendant measures 3-1/4"L x 1-5/8"W. Includes a jewelry pouch.
Part of the Far East Market™ Collection. Do not use jewelry cleaners to clean stones, use warm water. Put jewelry on last after hair products, make up and perfume. Do not hit cinnabar or onyx on hard surfaces as it may crack. All weights pertaining to diamond weights are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.
Onyx is a variety of chalcedony quartz that features a fine texture with a smooth black color. Some onyx can display white bands or ribbons against black or brown backgrounds. The bands that move through the stone run parallel and onyx is therefore sometimes known as zebra agate. Mined in Brazil, India, California and Uruguay, most onyx today is color-enhanced to increase its depth of color. It ranks a 6.5 on the Mohs Scale and is an ideal stone for carving. In fact, it is a favorite material of lapidary artists.
Onyx was very popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. The name comes from the Greek word "onux" which means fingernail. Legend says that one day frisky Cupid cut the divine fingernails of Venus with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of her heavenly body would ever perish. In Greek times, almost all colors of chalcedony were called onyx. Later, the Romans narrowed the term to refer to only the black and dark brown colors, while the reddish brown and white onyx became known as sardonyx. Highly valued in Rome, sardonyx was especially used for seals because it was said to never stick to the wax. Roman General Publius Cornelius Scipio was famous for wearing sardonyx.
Worn during mourning in the Victorian age, onyx is now traditionally given as a 7th wedding anniversary gift. It is thought to increase happiness, self-control, courage, intuition and instincts. The stone is also believed to cool the yearnings of love and decrease sexual desire.
Cinnabar is a mineral found throughout the world in shades of red that range from bright scarlet to brick. Sometimes known as cinnabarite, it is a substance associated with volcanic activity and in its natural state contains a substantial amount of mercury. In Mayan culture, the stone was displayed to deter vandals and criminals due to its widely known poisonous nature. In today's modern jewelry, the undesirable substances are removed carefully and replaced by a resin-based polymer, making the stone beautiful to wear and enjoy.