Gemstone Spotlight: Opals
There are many different types of opals and it is the most varied gemstone on earth: Mexican Fire Opal, Boulder Opal, Common Opal, Ethiopian Opal, Pink Peruvian Opal, Blue Peruvian Opal & more!
Opals are known for their impressive array of flashing colors. Meaning “stone of value” in Sanskrit, the word opal is derived from the same root as the Greek “opallios” or “color change”. While there are many different kinds of opals from all over the world, opals are commonly mined in Australia.
An Australian aboriginal legend tells that The Creator came down to earth on a rainbow to deliver a message of peace to all humans. On the exact spot where he landed, the rocks became alive with all the colors of the rainbow and opals were born.
Opal acts as a prism within the aura, bringing a full spectrum of Light energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of one’s earthly existence. It promotes optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.
Uniquely, opals always contain water- usually between 2% and 6%. Therefore, opal jewelry should be worn as much as possible to assure that the gemstone receives enough moisture from the environment. Without it, the opal’s color will pale. Opal is the birthstone for October.