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October - Opal (more information)

History of Opal

The name opal is derived from the Sanskrit word "upala," as well as the Latin "opalus," meaning "precious stone." This was probably also the root for the Greek term “opallios”, which translates as “colour change”.

To ancient Romans, the opal was a symbol of love and hope an appropriate attribute for a gem with a rainbow locked within it. Orientals called it the "anchor of hope." Arabs say opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, thus acquiring their fiery colors.

Napoleon gave Josephine a beautiful opal with brilliant red flashes called "The Burning of Troy," making her his Helen.

During the Medieval period, a change in color intensity of an opal was believed to indicated if its wearer was ill or in good health.

In Elizabethan England, the opal was treasured for its beauty. Shakespeare wrote of it in the Twelfth Night as the "queen of gems." Queen Victoria presented her children with opal jewelry, thus making the stone very popular.

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Legends and Gemstone "Healing Properties"

In ancient times, the opal was supposed to maintain a strong heart, prevent fainting and protect against infection.

The stone, as in ancient times, is still regarded as a symbol of hope.

Opal is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love.

 

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Sources
The principal source of opals is Australia, famous for its black opals.
Fire opals are mostly mined in Mexico, and in Nevada. Other sources of opal are Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Japan and Ireland.
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