Opal Last updated : November 20, 2018 6:05 AM

Opals seem to encompass all the splendour of the nature in themselves. They look so attractive and beautiful due to the rainbow-like colour, fire and lightening element, and all the serenity of the far seas that they exhibit. Opal is the form of mineral silica, and it contains 3% to 21% of water in itself.

Opal is the gemstone of Australia, and almost 97% of the Opals in the world comes from Australia. There are other variants of Opal as well, like Matrix Opal, DentriteOpal and Boulder Opal, which are somewhat different in design and texture from the authentic Australian Opal.

Where is Opal found?

97% of the supreme quality Opal comes from Australia. Other sources, where Opal is not found in much abundance, but is mined, are Brazil, Peru, USA, Mexico, and some parts of Africa.

Healing Properties

Benefits of Opal

  • Healing Properties

Opal stone, especially the black one, is considered to be a felicitous stone to ward-off the evil eye and protects the wearer while travelling. If a person comes to any trouble while sleeping due to scary dreams, Opal is recommended to them by experts.

Opal is also believed to be a stone that can bolster energy and reinforces a person with positivity and confidence.

  • Cures diseases

Different variants of Opal cures different ailments, like Black Opal, is helpful in curing pancreas, reproductive organs, and spleen. It cleans red corpuscles & aids in augmentation of white corpuscles. Fire Opal is valuable for treating depression, lethargy, apathy, and red corpuscle & blood disorders, depression, apathy, lethargy while white Opal is a great treatment for any sort of deformities in left or the right hemisphere of brain.

  • Other benefits

Opal is also helpful in instilling faith, trust, and confidence. It brings fortune to the wearer, improves creative skills, and assist in finding out true love.

Opal Facts

Some facts aboutOpal

  • The planet Mars is also said to be the home of this amazing stone as announced by NASA, in 2008.
  • Black Opal is the luckiest among all the other variants of Opal.
  • The Opal is the birthstone of the people who are born in the month of October, and who are largely born under the astrological sign Libra.
  • Opal mainly symbolizes purity, innocence, and hope.

Types of Opals

There is a vast variety in which Opals are present in the market. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Black Opal

Not exactly black, but somewhat with a dark tone, Black Opal is mined in New South Wales. It is one of the most famous and beautiful looking stones. Black Opal comes with shades and hues of other colors as well, which includes Black/Dark BlueOpal, Black-Brown-GreyOpal, etc. Black Opals are considered extremely powerful by magicians and Wiccans. Although Opal is regarded as the stone that brings misfortune, but black Opal is considered to be exceptionally lucky.

  • Australian Opals

Australian Opals are the epitomes of purity and passion. Other than assisting a person in emotionally and mentally, it calms the inner soul. Australian Opals are believed to connect the conscious and subconscious, and helps the person in understanding himself clearly. 

  • White Opals

Also recognized as 'milky Opal', white Opal exhibit a light and subtle body tone. It is a very common form of Opal found and used. It is believed to activate the functions of the necessary glands, harmonizing desires, creating lovemaking, and alleviating food disorders.

  • Crystal Opal

Crystal Opal is a transparent or s semi-transparent form of Opal, which is quite a see-through stone. They can have both light and dark kind of body tone, which has generated terms, like “white crystal Opal”, and “black crystal Opal” in the market.

  • Fire Opal

Fire Opals generally exhibit a high amount of red color and red being rarest of the color makes Fire Opals exceptionally valuable. Red or Fire Opal enhances the inner power of a human being and works as a protective shield against fire. Fire Opal is considered great in appealing emotional turmoil.

  • Matrix Opal

Naturally displaying a pinfire tone, Matrix Opal is made of precious Opalina silica, which fills the pores of this stone. The pinfire shade is somewhat dark green-blue in color.

  • Opalite

Opalite is also a variant of Opal, which is delicate in structure and exhibits milky or white iridescence. When Opalite is placed on the Crown Chakra while meditation, it is believed that it enhances intellectual abilities of the wearer and persuade his visions.  It is also effective in stabilizing mood swings, and pacifying disorders related to kidney and blood.

The Ethiopian Welo Opal or Ethiopian Opal is a variant of Opal, however, a little different in its texture, appearance, and properties than Australian Opal. It was discovered in 2008, and the properties due to which it differs from Australian Opal is that it is found in nodules unlike the layers of Australian Opal. A black colored Australian Opal is considered to be the finest and most sought-after quality of Australian Opal, but there is no black color as such reported in Ethiopian Opal.

Ethiopian opal is believed to be an ancient gemstone. An anthropologist in 1939 discovered some evidence of opal in caves of Kenya. However, the stone was re-discovered again in the mid 90’s, and mining was begun.

 In 1939, an anthropologist found evidence of the use of the opal by early man in a cave in Kenya. It was not until the mid-1990s when the opal was re-discovered and mining was begun.

A good quality Ethiopian Opals have a variety of colors to display such as orange, red, green, pink, yellow, brown, white, and blue. Some of the colors of Ethiopian Opals are so exquisite and unique that they are not even found in Australian Opals. The striking pattern formation of Ethiopian Opals makes them look more wonderful.

  • Swiss Opal

Swiss opal is a dark green colored gemstone with dull patches of different patterns, like chicken wire or lizard skin. When Swiss Opal is exposed to light it radiated spectacular color and change according to the movement in different angles.  It is renowned for its characteristic green color but could be found in some other hues as well, like dark green, blue etc.

  • Pink Opal

Pink opal is basically the stone of tranquility, love and peace. It is vibrant, enriching, uplifting, and delightful. Pink Opal helps in bringing sweetness and liveliness back into the lives of those who wear it and it is a great stone at the time of stress.

Pink Opal is a worthwhile stone in getting rid of the emotional hang-ups, and the unwanted feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment. It encourages you to keep out of worries and gives you the clarity in emotions.

According to the healing properties that Pink Opal possesses, it is said to be valuable for diabetes and is apparently soothing for the skin as well.

Other than these, there are few more variants that this amazing Opal family holds, like Redwood Opal, Siberian Opal, Rainforest Opal, Honduran Opal, Brown Opal, Cherry Opal, Hyalite Opal, Blue Opal, Green Opal, Pink Opal, Dendritic Opal, Oregon Opal, Grey Opal, and many more.


Metaphysical Properties

Opal has derived its name from the Sanskrit word "upala", which means, "valuable stone".Opals have claimed to be discovered around 4000 years ago, and since then it has not lost its popularity as a healing stone among human beings.

The basic property of Opal is its structure, which is not crystalline, but is made up of hardened silica gel. It is said that pure Opal is colorless, but it is very rare to find, generally Opal is found with some amount of impurities in it, which makes it look even more beautiful.

The hardness of this magnificent stone on Moh’s scale ranges in between 5.5 to 6.5, which basically depends on the structure of Opal. The more porous the Opal is that can freely absorb water, will incline more towards the lower limit of the range, while the more translucent Opal having “conchoidal fracture” will occur in the higher range.

Opal at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names NA
Crystal Habit Irregular veins, in masses, in nodules
Streak White
Refractive Index 1.450 (+.020, -.080)
Diaphaneity Opaque, translucent, transparent
Moh's scale (hardness) 5.5 – 6
Sources australia,Brazil, Peru, USA, Mexico, and some parts of Africa
Chemical formula SiO2·nH2O
Lustre Subvitreous to waxy
Color Colorless, white, yellow, red, orange, green, brown, black, blue
Chakra Healing Heart chakra, Crown chakra
Birthstone October
Zodiac Libra

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I like all the hues of Opal, which shade of it will be apt for me?
Reply on 31/10/14
Hi Ella… for an apt gemstone you will require to tell us your birth date or astrological sign as the gemstones are worn according to these information. All the gemstones doesn’t suit everyone. You may also consult with your astrologer. He will go through your horoscope and will suggest you a suitable charm.
Reply on 10/11/14
Fire Opal a type of Opal helps in curing various diseases. All the shades of Opal are used for specific requirements with respect to the needs of the wearer. I want to don this gemstone. Suggest if I could do so.
Reply on 25/11/14
hey should go for Opal gemstone...all its shades are fine and are known for various helpful properties...i am also wearing a shade of it...and you know what it has changed my life totally...i am helpful to Jewelexi for sharing such an apt information which raised trust in me for Opal...thanks once again Alaska...just go for fact you may seek an advice from your astrologer...if you are facing any kind of of luck..!!
Reply on 4/5/15
Hendrix Svennigsen
Hey Alaska, let me show you the best way of all. You may ask your question related to Opal gemstone to Jewelexi. They have launched ask mittens page where you may ask free stone related and healing queries. Their experts will reply back to you with the best solution ever.
Reply on 18/6/15
Galen maes
Opal is a very nice stone. This is a special stone for me because it brings confidence and trust in myself. really helpful to me!!
Give it a try :)
Reply on 13/8/15
yes, Hendrix. i have asked to ms mittens and it helped me to some extent. it explained how opal stone is helpful for me.. After that i bought this stone and really happy with the experience.. This stone is working great on me..would surely recommend other people..
Reply on 21/8/15
Hey jewelexi !! i havea question.. actually i got married 2 years before and my husband loves me very much we have good mental and physical understanding.. and now we are planning for a baby. This could bring more happiness in our lives but i have a problem.. my reproductive organs are weak doctor has prescribed many medicines and i'm also taking it but they're not working good on me. so just wondering if Opal gemstone can help me.. Would be thankful if you advice.
Reply on 13/1/16

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