Opal derives its name from the Latin opalus and Sanskrit upala meaning precious stone. There are three different types of Opal defined as Precious/Rainbow Opals – rarest displaying flashes of iridescent colour, Common/Potch Opals – found in many places displays opalescent pearly lustre and Fire Opals – mostly found in Mexico translucent red or orange sometimes with flashes of green. They all have different healing properties, some of the varieties include: Boulder Opal – Releases stress and worry, Fire Opal/Firmament Stone- Creativity and passion, Andean Opal (both Pink – Emotional healing and Blue – calming the mind), White Opal – Purification and Black Opal – Emotional protection. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia which produces 97% of the world’s supply. Opal was revered in ancient times as a gem stone of good luck and happiness because it was thought that in its multitude of colours it carried the properties of many other precious stones. Called the “eye stone” by the ancient Romans they believed it had the power to heal eye diseases, a belief which was held into the Middle Ages when it was still called ophthalmos or ophthalmius.
Opal Geological Description:
Opal is a hydrated silica mineraloid with a hardness of 5.5 – 6.5, it is made up of microscopic silica spheres bonded together by water. When these spheres are packed together in a regular formation they cause light to diffract creating the play of rainbow colours known as “fire” in the stone.
Affirmation: I consciously choose my emotional state and the focus of my intention, manifesting my highest good in the physical world.