The name of the black onyx originates from the Greek word onyx, which means nail of a finger or claw. Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping Eros Cupid cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone, which later became known as the onyx. With its jet-black color and own feel, the black onyx has long been recognized as a chic and modern gemstone and has become highly popular jewelry. It has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays white bands or ribbons against a black or brown background. Worn alone or next to a watch and/or other bracelets, the onyx does not fail to stand out. Today onyx is mined in Brazil, India, California and Uruguay.