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This pic was taken in an onyx workshop in Bergama, İzmir. The man behind the machine is making an onyx egg and you can see the white egg on the mouth of machine and watching people from the mirror :)

Onyx is a translucent, predominantly white or off-white, compact calcite and/or aragonite speleothem material, commonly exhibiting nearly opaque yellowish, tan, brown or gray banding. It is very similar to marble except being transparent. If you look at it in front of light, you can see the other side of the rock, which is very unexpected! It is widely used in jewelry, especially pendants and brooches; also bookends, paperweights, etc. and carvings, including chess sets. Turkey has a great onyx reserve. Since the reserve is not much around the world, onyx is an expensive rock.

By the way, the blue round thing hanging on the wall next to the mirror is called blue bead (“nazar boncuğu” in Turkish) and it is used to ward off the devil eye. It is a traditional concept. It is also worn against causing oneself misfortune.

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