Opal is the October Birthstone and the 8th wedding anniversary gemstone.
Opal colors: Colorless, white, yellow, red, orange, green, brown, black, blue, pink. Opal's shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors is unlike any other gem.
Opal is considered the most magical gemstone because of its kaleidoscopic colors that no other gemstone can match.
Opal is a Guardian Gem for you:
Born in October
Celebrating 8 years of marriage
Year of the Snake
The Fire Destiny and the Wood Destiny are compatible
Zodiac Libra / Libra.
Opal is a captivating gemstone with its unique optical characteristics. When viewed from different directions, Opal often presents a different spectrum of colors: "You'll see Ruby's vital fire, Amethyst's glorious purple, Emerald green, Topaz's yellow, aqua blue. Sapphire's sea, all sparkling together in a wonderful light scheme".
Writers have compared opal to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers have come up with unusually poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and The Empress.
In ancient Rome, Opal symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that is synonymous with "gemstone."
In the Middle Ages, Opal was cherished as ophthalmios, or gem of the eye, due to a popular belief that it would benefit eyesight. Some even think Opal can make the wearer invisible.
The Romans thought that Opal was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believe that Opal was created by lightning strikes and fell from the sky during storms.
Many cultures have assumed that Opal has supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legend says it fell from the sky in a flash. The ancient Greeks believed that Opals gave their owners the gifts of prophecy and protected them from disease. Europeans have long considered this gem a symbol of hope, purity and truth.
Throughout history, Opal has been considered the luckiest and most magical of all gemstones because it has a kaleidoscopic range of colors that no other gemstone has.
Australia began commercial production of Opal in the 1890s and quickly became the world's main source of supply.
In mineralogy, Opal belongs to Hydrated Silica group with chemical composition SiO2•nH2O, hardness 5-6.5.
Opal is found in Australia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and America.
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