Sardonyx has been popular for centuries, dating back
more than 4,000 years ago to the Second Dynasty of Egypt.
Ancient Greeks and Romans went to battle wearing
sardonyx talismans engraved with images of heroes
and gods like Hercules and Mars. They believed the
stone could harness the bravery of those figures,
granting them courage, victory and protection on the
Sardonyx was a popular stone for Roman seals and
signet rings that were used to imprint wax emblems
on official documents—due to the fact that hot wax
doesn’t stick to this gemstone.
During Renaissance times, sardonyx was associated
with eloquence. Public speakers and orators wore it
to aid clear thinking and communication.
Unlike rare gemstones that were historically limited
to wealthy royals, sardonyx has been popular with
elite and regular folk alike. Relatively common and
inexpensive, sardonyx is a beautiful gemstone that’s
affordable enough to join any collection.