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OPAL

OPAL

  • Opal is a hydrated silica material with a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5. It is composed of submicroscopic silica spheres that are bonded together with water and additional silica. Sometimes the water in Opal can evaporate, creating cracks in the stone. Some, but not all Opals exhibit the play of colors known as ‘fire.’ This is caused by the Opal’s minute silica spheres being packed in a formation regular enough to cause light diffraction.
  • The name Opal is derived from the Latin opalus and the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone.’ Precious Opals were mined in the former Czechoslovakia at least as long ago as the fourteenth century. Mexican Fire Opal was used by the Aztecs and was brought to Europe by the conquistadors. In nineteenth-century Europe, Opal’s popularity declined because of an association with bad luck, but it rebounded in the twentieth century and it remains one of the most popular gems.
  • In Roman civilization, Opal was linked with good luck and hope. The belief in France that Opal could render its wearer invisible, allowing him or her to steal without being caught, may have been the beginning of Opal’s negative associations. An Australian legend reports that a gigantic Opal governs the stars, human love and the gold within the mines.
  • Current metaphysical thinking views the various types of Opal as having different energetic properties, so we will discuss each one separately.
  • Common Opal may be any of several different colors, but it is generally opaque and does not show any of the ‘fire’ exhibited by precious Opal. Common Opal is found in many locations, but good white and brown/black stones come from Oregon and the best Pink and Blue specimens are found in Peru.
  • Common Opal vibrates at a lower frequency and gentler intensity than the transparent Opals and/or fiery Opals, and this enhances its calming and soothing effects on the emotional body. Common Opal in all of its colors is a stone of gentle energies. It is well suited for sensitive people who are easily overwhelmed by more powerful stones, or for those who are overburdened with stress and need stones that will help them relax. Each color, of course, offers a somewhat different emphasis.
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Opal is a hydrated silica material with a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5. It is composed of submicroscopic silica spheres that are bonded together with water and additional silica. Sometimes the water in Opal can evaporate, creating cracks in the stone. Some, but not all Opals exhibit the play of colors known as ‘fire.’ This is caused by the Opal’s minute silica spheres being packed in a formation regular enough to cause light diffraction.

The name Opal is derived from the Latin opalus and the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone.’ Precious Opals were mined in the former Czechoslovakia at least as long ago as the fourteenth century. Mexican Fire Opal was used by the Aztecs and was brought to Europe by the conquistadors. In nineteenth-century Europe, Opal’s popularity declined because of an association with bad luck, but it rebounded in the twentieth century and it remains one of the most popular gems.

In Roman civilization, Opal was linked with good luck and hope. The belief in France that Opal could render its wearer invisible, allowing him or her to steal without being caught, may have been the beginning of Opal’s negative associations. An Australian legend reports that a gigantic Opal governs the stars, human love and the gold within the mines.

Current metaphysical thinking views the various types of Opal as having different energetic properties, so we will discuss each one separately.

Common Opal may be any of several different colors, but it is generally opaque and does not show any of the ‘fire’ exhibited by precious Opal. Common Opal is found in many locations, but good white and brown/black stones come from Oregon and the best Pink and Blue specimens are found in Peru.

Common Opal vibrates at a lower frequency and gentler intensity than the transparent Opals and/or fiery Opals, and this enhances its calming and soothing effects on the emotional body. Common Opal in all of its colors is a stone of gentle energies. It is well suited for sensitive people who are easily overwhelmed by more powerful stones, or for those who are overburdened with stress and need stones that will help them relax. Each color, of course, offers a somewhat different emphasis.

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