More than any other gem, each opal is distinctly an individual. No other stone has as rich and varied a folklore. Opals are also the most delicate gems commonly worn. They require special care to ensure their health and longevity.
Opal is relatively soft, with a rating of 5.5-6.5 on Mohs scale.
Opal meanings and Mythology, Metaphysical and Crystal Healing
The name opal was probably derived from Sanskrit “Upala”, meaning “valuable stone” or from the Greek word “phallus” which means to see a change in colour. Later, the Latin word “opus” evolved, meaning precious stone.
For ages, people have believed in the healing power of opal. It is reported to be able to solve depression and to help its wearer find true and real love. Opal is also said to stimulate originality and creativity. Opal is porous and because of this, it is quite absorbent. Due to its ability to absorb, it is thought that it can pick up the thoughts and feelings of people and amplify emotions. Opals were once considered to be unlucky, but this is, in fact, a myth and the Opals are a very lucky gemstone to have in your collection.
Opal is a birthstone for those who are born in October.