Onyx stone is the only semi-precious stone that is used for both jewelry and home interiors (i.e. countertops, vanities, etc..) That’s an accomplishment! The beauty of onyx draws many people in.

But is onyx right for you? Ask yourself the following questions to see if onyx could be a good fit in your home.

Can you afford it?

There is no way around it – onyx will cost you lots of money. Onyx is typically at least double the cost of granite (on a square footage basis.) On top of that, it will cost more to install due to its fragile nature. And you have to use expensive sealers and cleaners to keep it in good condition.

At the end of the day, even a small onyx project has a high price tag.

kitchen with black onyx countertop

Exquisite countertops command a high price tag!

Do you lust for something rare and unique?

If you want something rare and unique, it’s hard to beat onyx. Not only is it cost-prohibitive for most people, making it rare, every onyx project is unique.

Due to the way onyx is formed via dripping limestone that then re-forms into new stone, every single slab of onyx will have a unique pattern to it. It comes in a variety of colors, each with different styles and swirls of accent colors (generally called “veining”).

But if all you want is something practical and durable that looks nice, granite and marble are better options.

Do you have a suitable location for it?

A good place to use onyx is somewhere it can be admired but not worn out. Most people use onyx for:

  • bathroom vanities
  • fireplace surrounds
  • backsplashes in the kitchen area

Countertops are probably the worst place to use onyx (assuming you ruled out an onyx floor), but they’re also the best way to show off! A backlit onyx countertop is an incredible sight, normally only found in very upscale casinos, hotels, and restaurants.

Do you have the discipline to keep it clean?

You need discipline to keep onyx sealed and clean as necessary. Caring for onyx surfaces is a never-ending job. If you install an onyx countertop, you should attempt to keep it clean at all times, and be absolutely sure to clean up spills immediately.

So, if you really want onyx in your home and can afford to install and maintain it, it is a wonderful choice. If you’re ready to get started, the next step is to find a good stone supplier or contractor.