Gemstone skulls have a history full of mystery and intrigue. While we sell only the most beautiful skulls carved by artists around the world, modern carving practices, especially the carving of skulls, is done in homage to the mysteries of the past.
The art of carving crystal skulls is a nod to tradition. There are perhaps a dozen rare crystal skulls discovered throughout the mid 19th century that have fueled intense interest and controversy among archaeologists, scientists, spiritualists, and museum officials for more than a century. Many believe these skulls were carved tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization because of the prominent use of skulls in ancient artwork, particularly among the Aztec. Several Aztec gods were represented by skulls, so crystal skulls likely invoked these gods as a symbol of regeneration. However, recent electron microscope analyses of skulls by the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution revealed markings that could only have been made with modern carving implements. Both museums estimate that their skulls date to sometime in the mid to late 1800s, a time when public interest in ancient cultures was high and museums were eager for pieces to display.
There is passion on both sides, and the fact remains that no one knows for sure who made these skulls and when, and since there is currently no way to accurately determine the age of such inorganic objects, the mystery will likely continue.
This Honey Onyx skull is a product of modern-day artists from around the world. It was carved by hand, utilizing as much raw stone material as possible. Often the artist will incorporate unique attributes of the stone into the carving process to create entirely unique skulls.
Honey Onyx has many names, including "orange calcite" and "travertine." It is a crystalline form of limestone and is often found in caves, sometimes near hot springs. Honey Onyx may have a honey-like colour that makes it an ideal stone for carvers; this honey colour is responsible for travertine being nicknamed honey-onyx. This stone is a favourite of carvers, due to the lace pattern that it boasts, which lends a stunning pattern to any carving. Whatever it is made into, it almost always retains it warm looking glow. Some have compared it in looks to selenite or moonstone, as this gold glow sometimes will have a slight flash to it.
Some believe honey onyx may help a person to lead a happy life, as it can dispel negativity. Whatever your beliefs, may you enjoy your carved honey onyx skull.
- Dimensions: 63 mm X 88 mm X 33 mm
- Weight: 419 grams
- Genuine stone.
- This item includes an information card about the stone.
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
- This stone requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.