On a visit to Priene, there was an onyx shop at which our little group made a stop. Part of me was annoyed to lose valuable time that could have been spent exploring Priene
(which I loved) further in depth but the other part of me shrugged. I knew nothing about onyx so maybe I would actually learn something at this shop. For example, I didn’t know that the stone can come in many colours. The colours include brown, red, yellow, green, grey, white, black, and pink. The colours normally aren’t ‘perfect’ as they tend to have striations running through them but to me, that’s what makes the stone interesting. Each piece is unique in its colouring even if several pieces have been fashioned into the same shape. Apparently, while black onyx is the most famous, it isn’t as commonly found as the other colours. I didn’t see any at that particular shop but I did find black onyx (or what was advertised as such – apparently making fake black onyx isn’t complicated) while in Mexico – so no, onyx isn’t unique to Turkey.