Opal is a form of silica that is hydrated and amorphous.
There are several theories about the etymology of opal, such as the Sanskrit word for jewel “upala” and the Greek word for eye “opthalmus”.
The Japanese name protein stone is named because the white common opal resembles the white of a boiled egg (protein = white).
What is Opal:
Opal is a stone that exhibits a playful color effect. Since the color changes, it seems that it was used as a fortune-telling tool and was thought to be a stone that has the effects of various gems.
Due to the various colors and brilliance of the stones, it was also prized as a “stone of hope” that brings light and a “stone of happiness” that brings happiness. In ancient Rome, it was the second most expensive jewel after emeralds.
The ground color of the individual stones is also very diverse.
Those with a white or translucent background color are called white opals, and those with a blackish background color are called black opals. The latter is popular with the Japanese, and this type of stone is produced in Australia in good quality.
Many Mexican stones have bright colors such as orange, red, and yellow. Especially, dark orange stones are also called “fire opals” and are also popular.
In addition to this, those with star-shaped streaks of light are called star opals, and various names are given depending on the color, composition, and origin.
These pleochroism and color change factors are the major factors that define opal as a gemstone.
In a nutshell, it’s all about “change luck.”
How does Opal Look:
The biggest feature is the “Play of Color”, which has become synonymous with opal. The play-of-color effect is a phenomenon in which various colors appear on a stone like a rainbow and change depending on the viewing angle.
The reason why this magic of color is born is due to the diffraction of light that occurs inside the stone, which is the same mechanism as the aurora. Both opals and aurora have been revered in awe because of their miraculous beauty (see “Mineral Data & Others” for the mechanism of color development).
However, not all opals have these colors, and stones that have a playful color effect are roughly classified as precious opal, and stones that do not have such a color effect are roughly classified as common opal.
Benefits of Opal
Following are the benefits of Opal:
- love romance,
Healing effects of Opal:
In terms of healing, there are many talks about eye disease treatment.
Also, in Tibet, where stones were used as medicines, opal, turquoise, and pearl are considered to be the three major medical stones, and opal in particular has many shades, so it seems to be effective against all diseases.
However, these effects have not been proven in modern medicine.
Magical effects of Opal:
Opal is thought to have the power to change things. There will be good changes and bad changes, but it’s perfect for people who have issues related to change or movement, such as wanting to change the status quo or want to move.
Looking at the change from a different perspective, this stone has the effect of amplifying the focus of the owner’s consciousness. If a person with opal feels happy, he may amplify his happiness, and if he is scared, he may amplify it. Therefore, if you consciously imagine a good change, that change may be more likely to occur.
The ability to change and disperse things is useful for those who are stubborn, inapplicable, and prone to crap. It may also bring about change and inspiration in daily life and when the relationship with a lover becomes unsatisfactory due to rut.
However, it is not suitable for people who are naturally distracted, fickle, or nervous. Also, children are generally sensitive and susceptible to the external environment, so it is safer not to have them.
Opal is also regarded as an artist’s stone that stimulates human creativity and brings out inner beauty. Therefore, having a creative person will be useful for work.
Another major feature is the suggestion of receiving “choai”. Love means being loved and loved like a princess or a prince.
Little cute kids and innocent and capricious young kids are full of dangerous charm on their own. Involuntarily, you will want to chase, protect, and pour out love. Opal gives the owner that charm.
Therefore, it seems that holding this stone tends to lead to the “mote period” when it is chased by the opposite sex, and especially to be loved by older people. It may be good for those who want to enjoy love romance or when they want to be liked by older people.
In mysterious folklore, opals are said to open their third eye and help connect with cosmic and premortal consciousness, and are sometimes used as amulets for out-of-body experiences.
How to Cleanse Opal:
Prolonged sunbathing and salt purification can result in the loss of trace amounts of water inside the opal, so it is best not to do so.
Opal has long been soaked in water to enjoy its color change, but it may change color when soaked in water, or it may deteriorate after being absorbed and dried.
We recommend purification with crystals and purification with the sound of a crystal tuner.
Opal corresponds to which chakra:
It depends on the color.
Properties of Opal:
|Mineral name||Protein stone|
|Main production areas||Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru|
|Chemical composition||SiO 2 · nH 2 O Compound of water molecule, oxygen, silicon|
|Crystal habit (shape)||Kidney-like to grape-like aggregates|
|Main shades||White, gray, blue, green, orange|
|Refractive index||1.40 to 1.46|
|Similar stone non-made||—|
Like quartz, silicon is the main component, but unlike many minerals, it is not crystalline and is amorphous.
Until recently, the structure was a mystery, with a special structure in which silicate spheres (silica balls) at a level that can only be seen with an optical microscope are stacked in jelly-like silicon that contains water.
Light is reflected by the stacked silicic acid spheres and their gaps, and by diffracting the dispersed light, it exhibits a play color like a fine mosaic pattern.
In order for light to diffract, the silicate spheres must be aligned and neatly arranged, and those with different sizes do not show play color.
However, opal without play color is also popular because of the beauty of the color of the stone itself.
Opal is originally produced as a mineral, but some fossil components of shellfish and trees have been replaced by opal over a long period of time. The opalized version of ammonite is called “Ammolite”, and the opalized version of fossil trees is called “Wood Opal”.