Place: Australia, Mexico, Peru, South America, Great Britain, Canada, Honduras, Slovakia
Colour variations: White, Pink, Black, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Violet and other tones
Birthstone of: Not associated with specific sign of zodiac.
Brief history and geological characteristics: Opals come in three natural varieties: the opalescent precious opal, the fire opal (yellow to red-orange), and the generally opaque common opal. A French manufacturer, Gilson, created the first “opalescent” imitation opal in 1973. The natural opals are non-crystalline gemstones that can contain up to 30% of water. They are actually made of hardened silica gel and so they can dry out and crack. Therefore, Opals are relatively soft and fragile gemstones. The name comes from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning precious stone. In Indian mythology, the Mother Goddess turned the Virgin Goddess of the Rainbow into an Opal because suitors Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were chasing her. During Roman times, the Latin word opalus came into use.
Spiritual and healing energy: For the spectral delight it offers, Opal is called the “Eye Stone”. Like lightning in a rainbow, it flashes its brilliance with even the slightest movement and calls for attention by all who witness its phenomenal “fire”. It is a stone so dedicated to the eye, so pleasing to the sight, that it inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness. In the ancient world, it was considered to be the most bewitching and mysterious of gems. It has been worn for its virtues of soothing and strengthening the sight, healing eyes diseases, and its capability to provide good luck, as it possessed all the virtues of the gemstones whose colours reside within it. Moreover, it was believed to have the power to make one invisible. On the energetic level, Opal holds the ability of soothing and clearing the emotional body, boosting the will to live and the joy of the earthly existence. It enkindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, releases inhibitions and inspires love and passion.