Good evening, dear readers! Today we will traditionally talk about one of the most beautiful stones. Opal stone is a gem, colored as a space, rainbow and it truly resembles something especially magical … Intrigued? Let’s start!
Opal stone doesn’t have any crystal structure that usual minerals inherent. It has a low rate of hardness, but it is really impossible to ignore the beautiful color effect that is called opalescence. Rainbow modulations, changing at the slightest rotation of the opal stone are caused by the refraction of light, in order to submicroscopic particles of silica. Those opals, that are experiencing such effect, are called noble and belong to the category of precious stones.
Classification of opals in terms of structure allocates more than forty varieties. It includes, among others, following opals:
1. Matrix: noble black opal with small twinkling other colors areas.
2. Harlequin: colored areas create a mosaic in the form of polygons.
3. Fiery: opalescent areas have flame-orange hue.
4. Neutral opal: opaque stone with diverse coloring.
Connoisseurs of gems and stones and also practicing magicians unanimously assert that opal stone – is one of the strongest stones in nature: all opals have amazing sparkle and luminescence. White opals luminesce with pleasant blue, reddish and greenish shades. Fiery opals – with a greenish-brown one. Black – with all colors of the rainbow!
”Besides the gemstone varieties that show a play of color, the other kinds of common opal include the milk opal, milky bluish to greenish (which can sometimes be of gemstone quality); resin opal, which is honey-yellow with a resinous luster; wood opal, which is caused by the replacement of the organic material in wood with opal; menilite, which is brown or grey; hyalite, a colorless glass-clear opal sometimes called Muller’s glass; geyserite, also called siliceous sinter, deposited around hot springs or geysers; and diatomiteor diatomaceous earth, the accumulations of diatom shells or tests”.
Opal is called the “stone of false hopes.” It is believed that it supports both good and bad talents of its owners. It helps some people to keep from vile passions and whims and, on the contrary, it pushes for forbidden pleasures.
This beautiful gem was first mentioned by Roman historian Pliny. Click To Tweet
In medieval medicine works opal stone medicinal properties indicates that opal stone calms nerves, helps with heart diseases, melancholy, fainting spells, retains from the stormy passions, irritation and restores visual acuity.
Until recently, the most ancient opal stone deposits were considered mines in Czechoslovakia. Previously, these mines belonged to Hungary, so opals recovered from that area, were called Hungarian. But in the nineteenth century in New South Wales (America) was discovered richest deposit of opals. These mines constitute worthy competition for the Czechoslovak.
”The town of Coober Pedy in South Australia is a major source of opal. The world’s largest and most valuable gem opal “Olympic Australis” was found in August 1956 at the “Eight Mile” opal field in Coober Pedy”.
Australian Aborigines created a lot of legends about this amazing mineral. One of them says that when the world was dominated by the time of dreams, The Creator came to world. The place, where his foot touched the ground, formed a priceless deposit of shimmering opals.
To Europe opals were imported for the first time from India and it immediately conquered hearts of high society representatives, as well as hearts of magicians and healers. It happened just at the beginning of the 19th century. And previously rare opal stone was considered a precious stone for which European aristocracy was willing to pay really crazy money.
”Following the publication of SirWalter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein in 1829, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation. In Scott’s novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott’s novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death. Within a year of the publishing of Scott’s novel in April 1829, the sale of opals in Europe dropped by 50%, and remained low for the next 20 years or so”.
Creative people wearing opal can feel the development of their abilities thanks to this stone.
White (milky), orange-red and dark blue opals are usually used for jewelry creation and gold rings with black opal has always been considered a talisman of magicians, which gives them a gift of foresight.
As advice you shouldn’t give opal stone as a gift for someone, even to the closest people. It is better to buy them individually and only for yourself.