OCTOBER IS OPAL MONTH
Opals are so unique and are unlike other gemstones, due to their variety, rainbow colors and lively, fire energy. Their interaction with light is called opalescence. While most opals originate in Australia, in the last decade discoveries were made in Ethiopia, creating a new source of abundance and challenging Australia’s dominance of the market. Opals are the national gemstone of Australia.
Opals also are sourced from Sudan, Hungary, Honduras, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States (Nevada, Oregon, California, Idaho).
Opals are formed from rain. How this phenomenon actually occurred has long been a subject of debate, but many believe it is formed when water from rain seeps through crevasses in rock. Once evaporated, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into what is known as a precious opal. Opals are not only found of Earth, they are also found on Mars.
Opals have ancient ties. They appeared throughout Greek mythology, and were believed to have prophetic powers. Some ancients believed they were formed from the “tears of joy” by Zeus after he defeated the Titans. Ancient Romans also saw opals as a sign of good fortune and hope, as they were mesmerized by the kaleidoscope effects that opals generated.
Perhaps the popularity of opals is due to the variety of colors: white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, purple and black, which is the rarest type of opal.
Opal is a 14th Anniversary gemstone and is the birthstone for October. It is also assigned astrologically with zodiac signs Cancer, Libra, Scorpio and Pisces. This makes sense, since opals carry the element of water, they illuminate emotions and are considered good stones for balancing.
Opals have many metaphysical attributes, as they are an emotional stone, and will often reflect the mood of the wearer. Opals can intensify moods and can also release inhibitions. In the same manner that opals absorb and reflect light, they also pick up on emotions, whether positive or negative and act as an amplifier.. Perhaps this is the reason for the long held belief that opals are unlucky, which is not true. The release of negative emotions can be very liberating. Opal also illuminates the positive actions and emotions of the one’s self, enhancing the good and true, and fostering one’s highest potential. It is a karmic stone with a reminder that what one sends out will return. Opals are stones of hope, encouragement, creativity, originality, interest in the arts and loyalty.
With so many positive benefits, it’s no wonder that many artists gravitate toward opals and why they remain so popular as a preferred and desired gemstone.
Numerous types of opal exist, this is a summary of the opals that we currently carry :
Ethiopian Opal - New discoveries of mines in the last decade are opals that have proven to be very stable. They are excellent in utilizing water energy, stillness purification and quiet strength. Metaphysical healers use opals as ancient wisdom has indicated the fire energy of the stones burn off karmic connections to the past. Opals from Ethiopia carry this fire, dragon energy - which is highly positive, uniting all chakras and creating balanced equilibrium.
Boulder Opal - These opals, mostly from mines in Australia , are formed in ironstone or sandstone as their host rocks. They carry a warm earth energy, and also the illumination of the fire energy. Boulder Opals are good for balance, bringing clarity and grounding for those who have difficulty establishing roots.
The Jewelry Showcase offers a wide variety of opal designs from our artists. Whether bold Boulder or elegant Ethiopian, you are sure to find an opal ring, earring or pendant that will illuminate your inner being !