Opal



All Chakras & Aura Essence Stone
... The Opal crystal meaning includes healing powers of purifying, acceptance and allowing
≈ Spiritual and metaphysical aspects of the Opal amplifies the power of the spoken word ≈≈ Magical energies of the Opal gemstone invoke the messages through oracle cards, and to recall past lives

Opal is regarded as a stone strongly associated with the emotions, including love and passion. It is also thought to promote spontaneity, imagination, dreams and healing. Varieties of opal include black opal, common opal, white opal, chocolate opal, opal-in-matrix, Australian boulder opal, opal doublet, opal triplet and fire opal.

The name of this iridescent stone most likely comes from the Sanskrit úpala. It arrived in Europe in the last centuries BCE with the Romans buying the stones from traders who were being supplied from as far away as India.
Many Early European descriptions of the opal are probably of some iridescent quartz since the main source of opal for Europeans, in Cernowitz, Hungary were not operational until the early Middle Ages.
During the Middle Ages, they were worn to attract happiness, love, and good fortune – all the usual things that people desire from bene cial elements. This was due to them containing all the colours of other gems in the one. Talismans of opal were said to turn grey to presage a forthcoming minor illness for their wearer.
Elizabethans admired the unusual and variegated colours of the opal and it wasn’t until the 19th century in Europe that it gained its reputation for being unlucky. There are two theories for how this happens.
One theory is that it all began with the popularity of a novel. George Frederick Kunz can nd no other reference to this idea other than its mention as an enchanted talisman warn by Lady Hermione in a Walter Scott novel Anne of Geierstein – the stone changed colour according to her moods, and when holy water was used to quench its supernatural radiance the lady herself was reduced to ashes along with the opal, this breaking the enchantment.
Interestingly this story re ects a physical quality of the opal – their brilliant colour fades over time as they lose the water that has fossilised within them. This may take a century or a matter of years, depending on the stone and its source.
The pragmatic-market-forces theory of how the opal became unlucky suggests that the notion may have been encouraged by jewellers and gem-cutters for whom opal cutting can be a bit of a headache due to their delicacy, brittleness and tendency to crack and lose their colour. It could be that the jewellers used the popularity of the novel to push the notion to their clients.
The spell of enchantment against the opal was nally broken when the black opal was discovered in 1900 in White Cliff, NSW. Samples of this beautiful gem with its ashes of extraordinary colour were sent back to England where they were presented to Queen Victoria. She had pieces of jewellery designed and given to members of her court, who, afraid of offending her, had to wear the apparently unlucky stone openly. It soon lost its unlucky standing. If this anecdote were true it would all have happened very quickly since Queen Vic was dead by January 1901. Again economics may be at play here, because the quantities of this rare gem discovered in the colonies made it viable to revive and re-popularise the opal.
Australia supplies more than 90% of the world’s opals, and it is mined from South Australia up to Queensland in a vast swathe of territory that used to be an inland sea millions of years ago. In Queensland where the boulder opal (veins of opal threaded through ironstone matrix) is found, local legend tells that wherever you nd the Manarichie tree – a tough local hardwood – there you will nd opal. Therefore it behoves the opal miner to recognise this tree... I can nd naught about what it looks like on Google!
Interestingly the opal’s ‘unluckiness’ may have some echoes in the folklore that it is not a stone for the impure of heart. It helps develop our conscious connection with nature spirits (interesting considering its association with the Manarichie tree), and resonates with all chakras because it carries the spectrum of colours.
Edgar Cayce said that an opal worn with good intent helped control temper and handle anger. But they could also be unlucky if used for sel sh or evil intent.
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As a stimulant for the pineal and pituitary glands the opal aids psychic vision and helps to open the third eye. On the physical level, corresponding to the metaphysical, it was considered to restore dim vision and eye disorders generally. Because its colour encompasses qualities of all gems it was known as a general cure.
Here’s an old trick to try at home: if you are feeling a little bit like someone might be giving you the Evil Eye, wrap the opal in bay leaf to cloud the eyesight of your enemies.
Opal is the stone for those born in October.
At 5-6 on the Mohs scale opal are relatively soft and should only be set in bezel-style settings when worn as rings. The surface of the opal can fracture and ake if struck against a hard surface.
The geology:
Opal is not, strictly speaking, a crystal, but an amorphous ‘mineraloid’ of hydrous silicon oxide. Unlike other stones it does not occur as crystals but as small veins, globules and crusts, commonly ‘precipitated’ from silica-rich solutions. It can also replace the skeletons of many marine organisms and plants, thus you van get opalised shell and wood.
It owes its fragility to the loss of water when it is exposed to air. The surface becomes crazed with tiny conchoidal fractures. The characteristic play of colours in many opals results from the way that light is dispersed according to the angle of incidence (the angle in which the light strikes the surface).
Fire opal, which comes from Mexico, is reddish although not necessarily iridescent.
Most black precious opal is found in Australia, although precious opal is also found in Transylvania (Romania), Nevada, Idaho and Oregon in the USA, and in Hungary.
Wood opal occurs when the bres in fossilised wood are replaced with 48
opal, without destroying texture or detail. It is most frequently found in the petri ed forests of Yellowstone National Park (USA), Egypt and Lake Omodeo in Sardinia.