Opal known by ancient Romans as "The Queen of Gems". Opal is nature's gemstone kaleidoscope. Its myriad light-refracting prisms are formed as countless silica particles settled in fissures in host rock. Over the eons this silica lattice has gelled and hardened into an amorphous structure we call "opal." As an opal moved even slightly light waves refracted and transmitted from countless prisms reveal the multi-colored hues that characterize "fire-bearing" varieties. This display of gem opal's dancing hues is known as "play of color."
Opal occurs in many forms. Some opals like Peruvian Pink opal, or Peruvian Blue opal, exhibit no "play of color." White, "Crystal," Semi-Black, Black and Boulder are the main groupings of "color-play" opal.
Mexican Opal (commonly known as Mexican "Fire Opal.") is most often seen in its translucent orange, orange-red, or yellow-orange hues, with no "play of color." Brazil, Indonesia, the USA and most recently Ethiopia, also produce varieties of gem opal. However, the largest and most reliably consistent supply of gem opal comes from the mine regions of Australia. Consult your jeweler for the best cleaning methods. Treat it with the same care you would a fine emerald or tanzanite.
Opal is the October birthstone. It is an emotional stone and reflects the mood of the wearer. It intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions. Encourages both freedom and independence. Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. It stimulates originality and creativity.
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