Opal

Opal

Opal is hardened silica gel. It does not crystallise, and usually contains 5-10% water. Most opals are opaque varieties  known as “potch”, which do not possess the play of light associated with precious opal.

The name derives from the Roman opalus, which is a Latinised version of the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone’. In Elizabethan times it was known as ophthalmos (eye). Opal’s unfortunate association with bad luck did not occur until the 19th century, and probably derives from Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Anne of Geierstein. Prior to that, opal was traditionally believed to be lucky, as it was deemed to possess as many virtues as hues and colours. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat diseases of the eye, and purported to render the wearer invisible.

Chemical Formular: SiO2.nH2O

Primary Birthstone for Libra (23rd September - 22nd October), Secondary Birthstone for Virgo (all opals), Pisces, Sagittarius, Leo, Cancer (Fire Opal)
Chakra alignment depends on colour

Properties: Opal occurs in a wide variety of types and colours, each with its own attributes. In general, opal energises, balances, and lifts the spirits, bestowing optimism and a general love of life and all that it holds. It stimulates creativity and psychic development, and encourages self-reflection, allowing old issues to come to the surface and be magnified and cleared, helping us to let go of the past, including old past-life issues that have come through to this lifetime. It is still used to improve vision, and in the treatment of eye diseases.


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Blue Andean Opal Tumble Stone

Blue Andean Opal Tumble Stone

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£3.50

Blue Andean Opal, rough

Blue Andean Opal, rough

1.5 - 2 cm ..

£4.00

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Butte Opal

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£3.00

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Ethiopian Welo Opal

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£34.00

Fire Opal

Fire Opal

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£9.00

Rose Opal (Pink Andean Opal) Tumble Stone
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Yellow Opal Thumb Stone

Yellow Opal Thumb Stone

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