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Onyx is a black mineral often used for decoration in the known world.


Altars in septs can be inlaid with onyx, mother-of-pearl, and lapis lazuli.[1] Within the Great Sept of Baelor, a chamber has carvings of the Seven with eyes of onyx, jade, malachite, and yellow moonstone.[2]

The massive chairs of the Pureborn of Qarth are decorated with goldwork and studded with amber, onyx, lapis, and jade.[3] Carved onyx is available at the port of Qarth.[4]

Cyvasse pieces can be carved of ivory and onyx.[5]

Illyrio Mopatis has onyx among his various rings.[6]

The scarlet armor of Lord Tytos Blackwood depicts a flock of ravens with onyx.[7]

People with dark eyes can often be considered as having onyx eyes.[8][9][10]


The Onyx Emperor was a ruler of the Great Empire of the Dawn.[11]

The helm of Ser Lucas Inchfield was decorated with an onyx spider to represent House Webber.[12] While disguised as Egg, Prince Aegon Targarye kept hidden a gold and onyx signet depicting the arms of his father, Prince Maekar Targaryen.[12]

When King Robert I Baratheon wed Cersei Lannister, the cloak draped upon Cersei's back was decorated with the Baratheon stag in beads of onyx.[13]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The Tourmaline Brotherhood gives Daenerys Targaryen a dragon crown with three heads carved from ivory, jade, and onyx.[3] Xaro Xhoan Daxos gives her a thousand miniature knights carved of amber, amethyst, beryl, jade, onyx, opal, and tourmaline, with armor of silver and gold.[3]

A Storm of Swords

The seven-sided golden chalice given by Lord Mace Tyrell to King Joffrey I Baratheon has an onyx stag to represent House Baratheon.[14] During his wedding feast, Joffrey wears a doublet with onyx studs.[15]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Balon Swann clasps his Kingsguard cloak with a silver brooch with battling ivory and onyx swans.[16]