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Pictures of Black Gemstones

Stones in a Variety of Black Shades and Mixed Colors

Think of a black gem stone and, like most people, you probably think first of black onyx, but there are many other gemstones in various shades of black, grey, charcoal, ebony, and slate.

Shown below are pictures of some common and uncommon black/grey stones including agates, pearls, psilomelaine, Chinese writing stone, Picasso marble, ammonites, palm wood, hematite (sometimes called Alaska's black diamond), sapphire, obsidian, jet and spinel.

Shown below are pictures of some common and uncommon black stones. The links below provide more information about a specific gemstone, pictures of jewelry made with the stone, or its corresponding birthstone facts. This page will show you pictures of all the black birthstones.


Birthstone months and signs
- Jewelry with Onyx



Birthstone months and signs
- Jewelry with Agate


Chinese Writing Stone
Chinese Writing Stone
- Jewelry with Chinese Writing Stone


- Jewelry with Drusy



Picasso Marble
Picasso Marble
- Jewelry with Picasso Marble


Birthstone months and signs
- Jewelry with Agate


Palm Wood
Palm Wood
- Jewelry with Palmwood



Moroccan Ammonite
- Jewelry with Ammonite


- Jewelry with Hematite

Snowflake Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian
- Jewelry with Snowflake Obsidian



Star Sapphire
Birthstone months and signs


Black Spinel
Black Spinel

Black Pearl
Birthstone months and signs



rainbow obsidian
Rainbow Obsidian



mahogany obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian
- Jewelry with Mahogany Obsidian


orthoceras (cephalopod)

Orthoceras (Cephalopod)
- Jewelry with Orthoceras



Black is associated with mystery and the great unknown. It is believed that wearing black or grey stones in jewelry, or clothing, suppresses and protects the emotions while portraying the wearer as mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated.

Black banishes and absorbs negativity, it is symbolic of outer space and the universe. Black is the absence of all color. In some cultures black represented fertility, in others it represented wisdom. It is often linked with evil and in many cultures, black is the color of mourning.


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Birthstone Months and Signs
Pictures of Black Birthstones

  • Agate Birthstone
    Ayurvedic Birthstone - May
    Hebrew Birthstone - May
    Roman Birthstone - May
    Arabic Birthstone - June
    Mystical Birthstone - September
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Aquarius
    Zodiac Birthstone - Gemini
    Talismanic Birthstone - Libra
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Capricorn

  • Onyx Birthstone
    Hebrew Birthstone - July
    Roman Birthstone - July
    Mystical Birthstone - December
    Zodiac Birthstone - Leo
    Talismanic Stone - Capricorn
  • Pearl Birthstone
    Modern Birthstone - June
    Ayurvedic Birthstone - June
    Hindu Birthstone - June
    Mystical Birthstone - November
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Gemini
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Cancer

  • Sapphire Birthstone
    Arabic Birthstone - April
    Hebrew Birthstone - April
    Roman Birthstone - April
    Mystical Birthstone - May
    Hindu Birthstone - July
    Ayurvedic Birthstone - August
    Modern Birthstone - September
    Traditional Birthstone - September
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Pisces
    Zodiac Birthstone - Taurus
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Taurus
    Talismanic Stone - Cancer
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Virgo
    Planetary Sign - Libra
    Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Sagittarius


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