Shop for Beads, Virtually – Sard + Onyx = Sardonyx

What is the hardest thing about shopping for beads online?  For me, it would have to be the fact that you can’t run the beads through your hands to feel the weight, to roll them around in your fingers to see how they sparkle in the light!

I’m doing an experiment this week to see if I can share that experience with you…virtually.

This week, I posted new sardonyx beads and red-orange banded agate (red line agate). In the video, I’ll manipulate the strands and tell you a little bit about each one.  I hope that the video will help you to glean a little more info, that je ne sais quoi, that you can’t get from a still photograph.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Sardonyx is classified as a microcystalline quartz or chalcedony, similar to agate. It is a natural combination of sard and onyx.  Sard is a red-brown variety of this material. While onyx is a black/brown variety with straight white bands. Sardonyx combines the best of these two. The red-brown color of sard and the straight white bands of onyx.
  • Three different beads are shown in the video.  Really beautiful sardonyx rondelles/wheels with great banding, and a lighter coloring.  A darker bead, likely heat treated, and a little less banding.  And, a third stone, that I call red line agate. I suspect it is agate dyed to resemble sardonyx, but still very beautiful in its own right.

I had fun selecting these beads for you. I hope you enjoy them!



Your turn ~What is your experience with sardonyx?

 Copyright 2012 Beads and Honey – All text and images.  


  1. Please also include, as you do on some of your beads, the interior (or hole) diameter). There are t hose of us out there who crochet or knit with beads and if they are not large enough to get onto the thread (or yarn), then they won’t work with that specific item.
    Your beads are beautiful., Thanks

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