The opal is a form of the silica mineral (silicon dioxide). Unlike usual mineral crystals, it lacks a proper crystalline structure, yet it has clearly defined properties. The word comes from the Sanskrit word upala. Throughout history, this enigmatic stone has been associated with superstitious powers and widely exaggerated beliefs of invisibility and clairvoyance. A unique property that adds to its sense of mystery and fascination is definitely the stone's brilliant property of scattering light a phenomenon which can make it create every possible colour in the visible spectrum when exposed to light at particular angles. This is caused by the diffraction of light on the opal's surface.
Opals Gemstones are generally milky in appearance, or have a woody yellowish colour to them. The play of colors that an opal can display, has also led to numerous theories about its healing effects. The majority of opals have been unearthed in Australia, and the country produces most of the opal stones in the world. In fact, it is Australia's national gemstone. The beautiful Andamooka Opal Gemstones was displayed to Queen Elizabeth II in South Australia, and it's one of the most famousopals Gemstones of all time. Interestingly, Opal stones have also been discovered on Mars!
Synthetic opals Gems have slightly distinct properties, lesser densities and lesser spectrums of reflection than the naturally found ones. Also, the internal structure is more regular and has more structured water content. Black opals Gemstones are considered to be incredibly fascinating as well.
Effects and properties of Opal Gemstones:
The Opal Gemstones has long been known for its effects of love and lusciousness. It's a very sensual Gemstone, and is supposed to be a stone that attracts lovers. It's associated with the attributes of beauty, intellect and good fortune. People connected to travel, tourism, media and other businesses are also supposed to highly benefit from it. Opal stones are worn as jewellery, most popularly as rings and as bracelets, It might be worn irrespective of a person's horoscope or birthdate. It's also highly beneficial for the nervous and immune systems of the body. It works on the Sahasrara chakra which is your connection with Universal consciousness. Wearing the opal as a ring or stone imparts the wearing luck and power and high status in society.