Opal in the Gemstone LibraryOpal







Name Origin: The name opal is derived from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning “seeing jewel.” According to another theory the word opal comes from “upala,” a Sanskrit word simply meaning “stone.”

Historical significance/folklore: This stone is absorbent and reflective. The most striking quality of opal is its ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light. The interplay of different wavelengths of light gives opal its unique visual appeal. The Opal has been a gemstone since Roman times. Opal was included among the noble gems and was ranked second only to emerald by the Romans. A beautiful Opal called the orphanus was set in the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor. It was described, "as though pure white snow flashed and sparked with the color of bright ruddy wine, and was overcome by this radiance." Opals are also set in the crown jewels of France. 
Most Opal is more than 60 million years old and generally dates back to the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Gemstone properties: The opal enhances cosmic conscience. This stone is absorbent and reflective; it is able to pick up thoughts and feelings. It brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It is a seductive stone and has been associated with passion and desire. It promotes creativity, spontaneity and happiness with dreams and changes.

Healing Properties: Female hormones, menopause, regulating insulin, PMS, childbirth, eyes, hear, purifying blood and kidneys.