Opal - The Crystal of Change
Opal is said to be one of the most beautiful crystals. Its colors have a glow that surpasses that of the Diamond.
Some of the chemical processes involved in opal formation are not yet well understood. Its formation begins when the water is filtered through siliceous rocks and some of the silicon dioxides are dissolved. The water passes through a rock cavity, and silicon dioxide forms a film on the wall of the cavity.
In short, Opal is a combination of silicon and water or, more simply, a silicon gel with different percentages of water. It is found in nature as a filler or in the form of granules. The water content is generally between 3 and 10% but can reach up to 20%.
Opal comes in a wide range of colors: colorless, white, yellow, gray, red, green, blue, brown, black; the variants of white and green are common, the appearance being transparent or translucent.
Generally, Opal forms in cracks of any type of rock, at low temperatures and near thermal springs. The most common types of rocks that are formed are Linolite, Sandstone, Rhyolite, Marne, and Bazalt. Some say the Opal is formed within millions of years, but this is questioned.
This crystal is found on all continents, but 97% of the opal stones in the market come from southern Australia.
The name comes from the Sanskrit language, where "upala" means "precious, valuable stone" and probably the root of the Greek word "opallios" which means "color change". The ancient Greeks called it "the heavenly arch in the stone." In the Roman era, opal was called "opalus", meaning "color game" or "stone of several elements".
In Greek mythology, Iris, daughter of Okeanos, had the task of throwing away every evening the sky covering the stars, and during the day she extended her wings in the sky, forming a heavenly arc. At the point where the arch reached the ground, opals were formed, that is, "the heavenly arch in the stone."
The Romans called him "Cupid Paederos", a source of hope, purity, and longevity, and considered his behavior to guard against illnesses.
In Indian mythology, the Goddess of the Rainbow was transformed into an Opal by Mother Goddess to protect her from the pretenders who fled her. An old legend says that the Storm God, jealous of the Goddess of the Rainbow, destroyed it, but the pieces fallen on the earth turned into Opal.
In the Middle Ages it was considered that if Opal was wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and kept in hand, it offered the invisibility to the person.
In antiquity, the Assyrians and the Babylonians used it to rid the evil spirits and misfortune. The ancient ancient Greeks used it in the predictions and thought they had the power to protect children and make them invisible in the face of danger. Both Greeks and Romans claimed that wearing opal has a therapeutic effect in treating eye diseases.
The Arabs thought the Opal fell from Heaven in lightning and that it intensifies the hues in the presence of a true friend and pales in front of an enemy.
Some specialists consider Opal as the stone of October. Opal is the stone recommended for all chakras, but it is generally associated with the sacral chakra, with the role of balancing people who suffer from addiction.
It is the right stone for Libra (Opal Black and White), Gemini, Cancer (Opal White), Virgo (Opal White), Scorpio (Opal Black), Aries, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. But, if you feel an attraction to Opal, use it with confidence!
Opal resonates well with those born under the influence of numbers 8 and 9. A gift can be offered at 14 years of marriage anniversary (Opal Black) and 18 years of birth or marriage.
Opal is recognized as beneficial to those who do not find their "place", meaning stability and identity. It is a stone that removes inhibitions, acting as an emotional stabilizer.
Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. Puts the individual in touch with his or her true, strengthens the consciousness of its own value, favors the full understanding of the potential. This crystal is beneficial for:
Physical health - reduces fever, infections; purify blood and kidneys; beneficial in treating eye pain; ease birth; Improves exhaustion; regulates insulin levels; relieves symptoms of premenstrual syndrome; beneficial for the digestive, renal and bloodstream system, spleen and thymus; improves memory.
Mental health - associated with love, passion, and eroticism, Opal brings an intensification of emotions and eliminates inhibitions; encourages the expression of positive emotions; gives loyalty, fidelity, and spontaneity.