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1. Opal generates the strongest most sensual emotions as various as the colors it flashes.

   A single stone can flash every color of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that can surpass the \"fire\" of diamond.  


Opal carries the richest of colors from all other gemstones; the emerald, topaz, sapphire, ruby, and amethyst. The ancient Romans considered the opal to symbolize hope and good fortune.


Opal has always been associated with love and passion, as well as desire.  It's a seductive stone that amplifies emotional states and releases inhibitions.


 Royalty also loves opals, and have throughout history. Queen Victoria was famous for her jewelry and fell in love with the intoxicating colors of the opal. 

  

It has also been regarded as the most beautiful and exciting of all gemstones by many. The reason for this is the mysterious play-of-color that is displayed as the stone moves. Add to this the brilliance and variety of the different colors contained within this phenomenon and you have a remarkable gem.

  

Opalescent, the word just rolls off the tongue. A beautiful word with a beautiful meaning - brightness, brilliance, shimmer, sparkle, glitter, sheen, iridescent, the list continues. How did the word come about? There was no other way of describing the dazzling play-of-color displayed by opals, a flaming red leaping from a milky background, a metallic blue dancing in the dark, neon greens waving to and fro, nothing else like it exists.

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2. Health Benefits

Opals have been said to be extremely beneficial in many physical realms as well, such as treating infections and fevers. It is said to help strengthen the memory. In addition, it purifies blood and kidneys, regulates insulin, and alleviates PMS for females. They are very beneficial to the eyes. Overall, the stone is said to be the most useful in preventing bad health. It strengthens the immune system and helps the body be resilient to infection. 


 Among the ancients, opal was a symbol of fidelity and assurance, and later became associated with religious prayer. It was believed to have strong therapeutic value for diseases of the eye, and when worn as an amulet, it would make the wearer immune from disease as well as increase powers of the eyes and mind. 

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3. Wearing an opal is said to bring about one's true self.

 Opal amplifies traits, and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It enhances self-worth, confidence and self-esteem, and helps you understand your full potential. It also brings lightness and spontaneity. The stone helps stimulate originality and dynamic creativity. It aids in accessing one’s true self. 


Because the stone is absorbent and reflective, it helps you to pick up thoughts and feelings, amplify them, and return them to the source. It is a karmic stone, it encourages putting out positive emotions and teaches that what you put out comes back to you. The opal also represents justice and harmony.


  

- Opal is a Lucky gemstone. Many civilizations see opal as the lucky gemstone, and throughout history opal has been considered a lucky gemstone. 


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4. Play of Color

  

The play of color you see in Opal is due to millions of tiny silica spheres of different sizes. These spheres refract light and cause the beautiful spectral colors you see in an opal. The spheres have to be just the right size and of a uniform nature to create enough color for our eyes to see.



Fun Facts

It takes 5-6 million years to make a 1 cm opal mature. Opals age anywhere from 65 – 115 million years old. Yes, million!!!

  

  • The play of color you see in Opal is due to millions of tiny silica spheres of different sizes. These spheres refract light and cause the beautiful spectral colors you see in an opal. The spheres have to be just the right size and of a uniform nature to create enough color for our eyes to see.
  •  Opals come from rainfall. They are formed when water from rain seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal.   
  •  The word Opal is derived from the word Opallios, which is the Greek word meaning, “To see change of color,” and they thought opals were Zeus’ tears of joy after defeating the titans and thought the opal bestowed prophetic powers. 
  •  Unlike ordinary opals, black opals have carbon and iron oxide trace elements present, which cause the unusual darkness of the stone. Because of their dark body tone, the rainbow colors in a black opal stand out much better than lighter opals. This vibrancy of color makes black opal the most valuable form of all opals. 

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