Onyx is a dramatic stone with a translucent beauty unlike other natural stones. Most often it is used as a decorative design element rather than for countertops in high use areas. Softer and more brittle than granite or other stones, careful consideration should be taken of its use. Mild acids and everyday products can etch and scratch Onyx. Take advantage of the unique properties of Onyx to create a visual accent such as a backlit wall or backsplash. A backlit Onyx wall can certainly make a design statement!