“There are worlds in an Opal” – Terri Guillemets
Opal is the *birthstone for people born in JANUARY. It is truly the “Queen of Gems” and the Eve of the Gods. A stone of hopes, positive actions and achievements. It has always been one of the most popular and esteemed gems, known to absorb, carry and pass enormous amounts of energy.
Opal was formed many millions of years ago, when a combination of silica and water flowed into cracks and spaces in the ground. This then gradually hardened and solidified to become opal. Opals contain water, which makes them very sensitive to heat. They are soft and can be cracked or chipped easily. Opals should be stored in moist absorbent cotton.
The opal is said to be many things including the most powerful of healing stones, the stone of hope, the stone of great achievement and even the “stone of the Gods”. Ancient Romans associated opal with hope and good luck. A mysterious gem, as each one appears different in its delicate beauty. They prized Opal above all other precious stones and believed the holder to be charmed with good fortune.
Occurrence – USA, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia. Australia produces approximately 95% of the world’s precious opal.
Colour – White, Black, Soft Yellow, Pink, Blue, Red or Fire Opal and Brown also known as Ethiopian Opal
Hardness – 2 – 2.5 (it is less than 7 in the Moh’s scale of hardness therefore not too pricy)
Sign of Opal – Aquarius, Libra, and Scorpio
Birthstone – November, October, January
*Birthstones and Sign stones are gem stones which in some culture are believed to “have more vibration power at certain times of the year. The month of a stone’s power time determines your birthstone. These gem stones have more vibration power for you because they are associated with the time of your birth.” – Gemlore
Some stones can be found under several months and Zodiac signs. Feel free to accept the ones you want.
*Photos from Google. Excerpts taken from Emily Gems and Find Your Fate.