Opal is a hydrated silica material and is bonded together with water and additional silica. Sometimes the water in Opal can evaporate, creating cracks in the stone. Some, but not all Opals exhibit the play of colours known as ‘fire’. This is caused by the Opal’s minute silica spheres being packed in in a formation regular enough to cause light diffraction.
The stone name Opal comes from the Latin ‘opalus’ and the Sanskrit word ‘upala’ for stone, or ‘precious stone’. There are seemingly endless varieties of Opal, ranging from opaque common Opal to fiery precious Opal. Opal has a larger proportion of water in it than most stones and is considered a water stone.
Precious Opals were mined in the former Czechoslovakia at least as long ago as the fourteenth century. Mexican Fire Opal was used by the Aztecs and was bought to Europe by the conquistadors. In nineteenth century Europe, Opal’s popularity declined because of an association with bad luck however the belief that Opal is an unlucky stone is untrue and one theory is that this originates from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is instead considered to be a lucky stone and a symbol of hope in Roman civilisation. The belief in France that Opal could render its wearer invisible, allowing him or her to steal without being caught, may have been the beginnings of Opal’s negative associations.
Opal can help ease the effort of handling change in life. Like water rolls over and past rocks and roots in its way, the energy of opal can help continue on your path regardless of obstacles. During times of transformation, this is an invaluable energy to work with and hold close to your heart. Opal is absorbent and reflective. It picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them, and returns them to source.
“Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies – sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths”. Jerry Smith
Emotionally, Opal brings its water energy to enhance self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It can help bring these to the surface of your life in spite of anything else going on under the surface. Opal is also used to bring happy dreams and avoid nightmares. It is a soothing stone which can calm turbulent emotions and bring a deep sense of inner peace. Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity.
Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. This can take the form of fiery sensual love or gentler unconditional love and any shade of love in between. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal is also said to bring fidelity to love. Opal enhances self-worth and helps you to understand your true potential. It is also said to bring lightness and spontaneity and encourage an interest in the arts.
Opal shows you what your emotional state has been in the past, and teaches how to take responsibility for how you feel. It encourages putting out positive emotions. Wearing Opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity, but may amplify fickleness where the propensity is already present.
Opal is reputed to strengthen the will to live, enhance memory and decrease confusion. It is also a protective stone, said to be particularly protective in dangerous places (I’ll still keep my mace spray handy!). Traditionally in crystal healing Opal has been considered good for headaches, eyesight, Parkinson’s disease, blood, insulin regulation, PMS, and the immune system.
Opal among other attributes enhances psychic awareness, beauty, memory, loyalty, fidelity as well as attracting wealth. All types of Opal tend to share these energies in common, along with their own spiritual and unique energies.
Andean Blue Opal promotes the right action for the highest good. It heals emotional wounds and supports inner serenity during stressful situations.
Oregon Opal shows what is created in one life affects another. It releases old grief, trauma and disappointment, replacing these with joy and lightness.
Girasol Opal enhances connections between members of groups and shows where these are beneficial in present life.
Black-Brown-Grey Opal is particularly useful releasing sexual tension that arises from an emotional cause.
Black Precious Opal is a stone of magic and mystery.
Blue Opal is a negotiator’s stone and can enhance communication, especially of that which has been suppressed through lack of confidence.
Boulder Opal has use as charms for practical people who want to nurture their spiritual side.
Cherry Opal promotes a feeling of being centred.
Chrysopal (Blue-Green) Opal opens to new impressions and encourages openness to others.
Common Opal is good for sensitive people who are overwhelmed by more powerful stones.
Ethiopian Opal exfoliates the soul, gently unpeeling encrusted layers so that new growth occurs.
Brown Flash reprograms patterns that detrimentally affect physicality.
Green Flash assists with interdimensional travel.
Orange Flash stimulates creativity.
Purple/Pink Flash aids transmutation and purification.
Rainbow Flash brings about soul transmutation.
Red Flash stimulates creativity on all levels
White Flash carries the soul imprint for the current lifetime.
Fire Opal is an enhancer of personal power, awakening inner fire, and a protector against danger. It is a symbol of hope. This stone facilitates change and progress. This is a wonderful stone for letting go of the past.
Flash Opal for unpredictable psychological illness and personality disorders.
Green Opal is a cleaning and rejuvenating stone that promotes emotional recovery and aids relationships.
Honduras Opal helps you see the spirit shining within your inner being.
Honey Opal assists in recovery of emotional heartache and facilitates giving and receiving love.
Hyalite (Water) Opal it’s watery depths stimulate connection with the spiritual realms.
Lavender–Purple Opal opens insight and spiritual vision.
Lemurian Opal is a powerful stone for enhancing your intuition.
Macedonian Green Opal heals emotional wounds from any time frame.
Milky Opal for overcoming fear of childbirth!
Mount Shasta Opal infuses love into the emotional body and the mind to create a calm quiet inner space.
Oregon Opal brings a sense of joy, upliftment and excitement.
Owyhee Blue Opal assists one in being fearless with a sense of centre.
Pink Peruvian Opal is a stone of love and gentleness. It brings energies of gentle love and kindness to both romantic relationships and relationships of other kinds.
Blue Peruvian Opal is mystically known as a stone of courage and ingenuity. It is said to improve self-esteem and self-love.
Rainbow Opal is a stone of happy dreams and for those with sleep problems.
White (Precious) Opal enhances beauty and inner radiance by restoring confidence. Said to be helpful for coming to terms with life.
Yellow Opal helps to remove limits you put on your own potential through lack of self-belief. A good competition stone.