Some people are into gold, platinum, but some just adore the gems and for the right reason they can be really adorable. Their appealing charm comes from their unique colors, clearness and brilliance. Since the beginning of time gemstones have been a symbol of beauty and extravagance.
What has been fascinating people for ages was the opal known for its diversity in shapes, colors and uniqueness. It does not have a defined crystalline structure, but the rarity and the beauty have been always the light-motive of many writers and artists.
The origin of the word “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word “upala” meaning precious stone. The Greeks call it “opallios” having the meaning of “to perceive a change of color” which is related to its ability to alter its color under the influence of light.
This precious gemstone is mainly found in Lightning Ridge, Coober Pedy, Mintabie, and Andamooka, Australia. However, its price is not low and according to the size, quality and type of the gemstone the price gets determined and in most cases it is very high. The most expensive opals are the darker opals since they are rare in nature than the white ones.
The opal is a combination of silicon dioxide and water. The silica is being carried down into rock crevices by heavy rains, and once the water evaporates, the silica gel hardens and it gets deposited in the form of tiny spheres.
Opal makes colors play as kaleidoscopic resembling the galaxy, northern lights, fireworks, or a magical underwater world, and that makes this gemstone special. The most precious opals reveal a multi-dimensional color display recognized as “play of color”. Each opal gem is one of kind and there aren’t two exactly the same in nature. The stones that show the most intense and diverse play of color are the most expensive. As we said the darker the opal the higher the price, but the most valued one is for sure the black opal reaching a price of over AUD 15,000 a carat.
Boulder Opal – the ‘Rainbow Tree”
This gem was highly valued even in Roman times considered to be the most powerful and precious of all gems. The reason for that was the wide display of all available colors. However, the one that rises from all of them is for sure the Boulder Opal, or popularly referred as to the ‘Rainbow Tree”. This precious gem can be found in Queensland, Australia and it is the only opal that can display the entire rainbow within one stone. The jewelry created with this opal is one of a kind and makes it very attractive and valuable.
The benefits of opal are numerous in terms of the well-being of the person and because of that the crystals are often used in natural therapies. Their use helps in restoring harmony and balance in the energy systems and meridians. People say that it can help in improving sleeping patterns, fever, infections, PMS symptoms, and labor. Others use it to enhance their self-esteem, self-expression, and creativity.
Australia is known for its abundance in opal and this country has started producing opals commercially in the 1890s, and thus became the main source for this October birthstone in the world.
The beauty of the opal is overwhelming and this gem is highly worth it to have and added to your collection of precious stones.