Opal is one of those curious crystal forms. Its made up of colloidal Silica and Water – so even though it shares quartz’s chemical composition of Si02 once we add the water init loses its crystalline structure and becomes known as a mineraloid. Australian opals are formed in dry conditions so dont need ‘a drink’ of water like other countries who have opals; you might that opals need to be kept in water about the place… this depends on where they come from.
This is what allows the light play and color refraction that we all know opal for to take place.
Opal is Australias national stone, seeing as we at one stage were believed to produce the majority of the worlds opals, but in recent times with the discovery of Ethiopian, Mexican, Brazilian and Nevada opals the percentages have lowered, though Australia is still the main supplier.
Opal is the alternative birthstone for October.
It has superstition around it – some believe it brings bad luck. I love them and they are not my birthstone, which many believe means they work well for you. They definitely stir the emotional pot, so to speak… and if you have stuff that is not being said, old trauma or anything you are holding back Opals bring that up for release. Which is a good thing! ‘Better out than in Shrek always says’.
Metaphysical Properties Of Opal
Opal is a crystal of the New Age, assisting you in adapting to Earth changes and allowing inner balance to take place. It lightens your aura so that dramatic Earth changes can be accepted and integrated without causing undue physical or emotional stress. Opals instill acceptance of anything which cannot be seen, connecting you to your Higher Self and opening you to the wisdom of ancient cultures. Because Opal is watery and translucent it works with your emotions, bringing up deep emotional states to be faced and loved free. If you are able to control your mind and focus your attention, Opal will develop this aspect of your mind. Opal can be unsettling for wearers, as it attracts to you anything you carry in your heart and mind, positive or negative! Always wear it consciously and when you carry a positive attitude with you.
Chakras: Crown, Earth Star, Frontal, Heart, Link, Soul Star, Thymus
Astrological sign: Cancer, Aquarius