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  • 8/30/2017 6:00 AM


For those of you that have been following our blog then you know that over the past several weeks we have been covering the different surface materials to use in your home or business. This can be a tricky and daunting process since there are so many options to choose from, but can also be rewarding when you find the perfect material for your home or office. At the end of the day, it’s not about what is the prettiest option, but the option that is best suited for your home or business. So the question remains, which surfacing material is right for you? To help you out in discovering the answer to this plaguing question, we have been exploring different surfacing materials each week explaining what they are, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as where they work best in your home or business. So far, we’ve covered Dekton, Radianz, Silestone, Travertine, Caesarstone, Limestone, Slate, Quartzite, Granite, Serpentine, and Soapstone, in hopes that one will stand out among the crowd. This week we will continue in this same fashion in covering Onyx! We will again explain what it is, its advantages, explain where we believe it to work best, and generally why we believe Onyx could be a good fit for you and your home or business. We hope that in doing so we help you get that much closer to discovering the surfacing material of your dreams. Read below to find out all about Onyx!

Onyx - What Is It?

According to an article by, “Onyx is a calcareous stone, formed by dissolving limestone and redeposited as a new kind of stone.” The properties of onyx are what make it such a soft material and why it has to be transported with fiberglass sheeting to protect the stone. Onyx’s mineral composition usually gives it a pastel color and swirling patterns.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Onyx?


Onyx isn’t the most durable stone on the market. Onyx is fragile and soft which is why it requires extra care when transporting. The softness of onyx allows it to be easily carved. Since onyx is such a soft material, it does scratch easily. There isn’t a treatment to prevent these scratches, but sealing the stone might cut down on the amount of scratches on the surface.

Cost Effectiveness

A slab of onyx itself plus the maintenance can put a little bit of a hole in your wallet, but could be a good investment if there is an area in your home that you want to stand out.

Easy To Clean

Onyx can be easy to clean if it is properly sealed and is used with the right cleaners and if you are willing to pay the extra money to maintain these countertops, which can sometimes be quite expensive. Things like lemon juice, wine, and vinegar can stain and etch the countertops if not properly sealed.


Onyx is a beautiful stone and can come in a wide variety of colors. Since onyx is so rare and is rarely used for countertops which makes it the perfect material for making your home or business stand apart from the crowd. Onyx is a translucent material so light transmits through it.

Where Is Onyx Best Used?

When you talk about onyx in terms of being used in a home, it is usually being used for tabletops, fireplaces, and small kitchen islands but can also be used for a wide variety of things outside the home. To see how Onyx might look in your kitchen, check out our materials visualizer and select "onyx" in the materials drop down box.

In this article, we’ve tackled the surfacing material onyx. We’ve explained what it is, its associated benefits, dug into where we think it works best, and overall why we think it would be a good surfacing option for your home or business. We hope that in doing so we’ve helped to narrow down the search!

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Don’t think onyx is the right fit for you? No worries. Head over to our blog to explore many of the other stone options available to you, and be sure to be on the lookout next week’s blog as we’ll be covering another material that you **may** want to consider for your next renovation project!

G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured. For more information, contact us today.

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