Introduction to Opal

What is Opal?

Opal is a semi-precious gem that has a significant water content in its structure. The gem is divided into two principle categories: common and precious. The play of colours within the gem is what determines its classification and therefore its value.
What is the history of this gem and where is it found?
Like many gems, opal's history is noteworthy. In Ancient Rome, for example, it was a symbol of affection and deep love. Indeed, its latin name was: Opalus or 'precious stone'. The Ancient Greeks went a step further and believed it helped in the prevention of disease whilst the Arabs believed it was a gift from the heavens with spots of lightening trapped inside it.

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What is its symbolism?

  • Healing stone thought to once cute eye disease;
  • Brought to be a stone that brings good fortune, especially wealth;
  • Used in some cultures to help with preventing one from suffering from the evil-eye.
Opal has many colours and forms and therefore is thought to be associated with each chakra.
It's the birthstone for the month of October.

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