When it comes to opal gemstones, there is a great deal of fascinating information to consider. To the naked eye, opal gemstones may strike you as a pretty gemstone, and nothing more than that. While there is no disputing the beauty of these gems, there is also so much more to them than mere beauty.
Gemstone Opal Information
While there is a ton of information about gemstone opals, the essential information on these gemstones are:
- Opal represents a gem-quality type of hydrated amorphous silicon dioxide. The name of this gemstone comes from the Sanskrit word for “stone.”
- Where do you think most of the opal in the world comes from? If you don’t know, the answer is going to surprise you. As it turns out, approximately 97% of all the opal in the world comes from Australia.
- While it’s easy to paint all opals with the same brush, the truth of the matter is that there are three types. These are precious opal, fire opal, and common opal.
- There are a lot of things about opal that serve to give the gemstone its distinction. For my money, the fact that opal is famed for its ability to diffract light is perhaps my favorite unique feature.
- Precious opal is perhaps the most remarkable of the entire lot. Have you ever heard of “play of color”? This refers to the fact that precious opal has the ability to create the impression that it is displaying a variety of colors simultaneously. Even cooler, these colors can change, according to the angle at which you are viewing the gemstone.
- The fact that opal is so soft, combined with the fact that it contains a certain amount of water (up to 30%) makes it an extremely easy gemstone to identify.
- Now for mythology 101 about opals. For a very long time, it was believed that opal could cure depression, help someone to find true love, and more. Australian Aboriginal legend has it that the opal gemstone was in fact created by The Creator themselves.
- Opal is known as the gemstone of inspiration. So if you’re a writer or work in the creative field, consider wearing opal to enhance your creativity.
And as always, take these with a pinch of salt, but appreciate the gem for its beauty and the joy it brings you.