Onyx is a form of quartz stone. It can vary in colors from white to yellow, green, red and purple. When used as a thin 3-5mm veneer it can be used in many applications with a light to form a glowing natural surface. The translucency of this product even when not lit can convey a very strong depth making any surface it is applied to more interactive and interesting. Onyx is easily dyed so take caution when purchasing slabs or tiles in an “unnatural” color. Most of this illuminated stone comes from Mexico, Arizona and Algeria. amber onyx is a much richer red stone mined in Utah.
This stone can be used for floors, walls, counter tops, water features, light fixtures and sculptures. It can be used in slabs, tiles or mosaics.
Installations range from contemporary to traditional, back lit and non-lit. Onyx has been very effective in highlighting lobby’s, bars and bathrooms and works well for reception desks and sinks.
Be aware in backlit applications of what fasteners you are using as they may telegraph through the stone when lit. consider framing edges or using very minimal fasteners at the edges of the material.