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Onyx is a calcareous stone, formed by dissolving limestone and redeposited as a new kind of stone. In caves, drip water forms onyx as stalactites and stalagmites. It is a soft, brittle stone and should be carefully evaluated for its intended use.
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ONYX COUNTERTOP PROS & CONS
Onyx adds a glamorous and sophisticated element to your home. With its translucent appearance, wide array of colors and rich patterns to choose from, onyx is a natural choice for those wanting a dramatic impact.
If you’re looking for something beautiful, rare, and unique, onyx could be right for you. Some people are now turning to onyx countertops for an extra special touch. But there is a lot of know about onyx before adding onyx countertops into your home.
Onyx is considered as an opulent stone for various reasons. Although onyx kitchen islands look extremely beautiful, they are not that practical as granite countertops. Onyx require more care and should be sealed to prevent from stains.
Onyx is versatile and beautiful allowing it to look absolutely brilliant and striking almost anywhere. It is more delicate that any other natural stones and this delicacy sometimes has its own drawbacks and benefits. The sheer beauty of the stone makes onyx looks expensive, intrigue and rich.
STRIKING, EXOTIC BEAUTY WHEN STONE IS BACKLIT
The translucent quality of onyx delivers an exotic view of the countertops in dim light. This lavish feature of the onyx allows being easily backlit. The even light scattering on the stone enhances the color of the stone.
With the backlighting feature, onyx is widely used as countertops in bars, as a front desk and other public places including casinos. The light hits and shine, for more alluring appearance use, backlit onyx which gives a striking glow that you can't afford from any other stone.
Unlike other stones like granite and marble, Onyx is extremely lightweight and can easily be installed in different applications. Onyx is quarried into small slabs making it easy to handle. It can be cut into manageable sizes and sections according to the grid patterns making it suitable for different interior and exterior applications. Homeowners always prefer light weight stone to be installed in their kitchen, so if you are looking for something new try onyx this time.
ONYX IDEAL FOR FIREPLACES, STATUES, SINKS
Onyx comes available in wide range of patterns and texture. It is usually found in different green, gold and cream tones. The hues may vary from bright white to deep red with healthy movement. Onyx is ideally meant for products including sinks, statues, and fireplaces.
A lot of people think all stones are “rock hard” and completely solid, but that’s simply not the case. Onyx is the perfect example of a stone that requires extra care. Onyx countertops typically include a fiberglass backing compound to strengthen the slab and keep it together.
What this means is that onyx slabs are not able to be extracted from the ground as well as other stones, so the slabs are much smaller in size than something like granite (a very hard stone).
SOFT stone – if not sealed properly CAN STAIN, ETCH & DULL
The biggest problem with onyx is that it is very soft. It does not hold up well with regular use. If you move pots and pans around or chop vegetables on it, you’re going to scratch up the surface. Anything hard or sharp will have no trouble scraping your counter top.
Another danger is any acidic liquid – think vinegar or lemon juice. If you spill any of this stuff on onyx, it could “etch” and dull the surface. Red wine will do the trick, too!
THE MOST EXPENSIVE & RAREST COUNTERTOP NATURAL STONE
The onyx itself, plus all the maintenance, means onyx doesn’t come cheap! Onyx is the most expensive countertop material you can get.
ONYX MAINTENANCE & CARE IS SERIOUS ISSUE
You can’t just install onyx countertops and be done with it. Onyx needs to be sealed properly and then cleaned with special stone cleaner at frequent intervals to make it less-prone to scratching and staining.
If your countertops see normal daily use, plan for the expense of having them refinished periodically.