Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that was synonymous with “precious stone.”
Known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color, there are two general classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal displays play-of-color, common opal does not.
Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth. Throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors.Opal is the birthstone for October.
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Focus, Glad Acceptance, Creativity
"I quiet the restless mind, and I open myself to purification and spiritual upliftment."