Rough Ethiopian Opal

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Rough Ethiopian Opal

Regular price $34.00
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  • Small Business/Artisan Made
  • Packed With Recycled Materials
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Approximately 1-1.5"

You’ve probably heard of opal before but if you’ve never actually seen it, you’re in for a treat. The play of spectacular colors across its surface and soft majestic muted tones makes it an absolute must-have for any collector of minerals. But what exactly is this miraculous wonder of the natural world? Opal is a crystalline gem mineral that takes form through the solidification of gelatinous or liquid silica. The liquid silica is formed from sandstone deposits as water, often in the form of rain, is introduced to the surface. This concoction of silicates and water runs down through the earth into cracks and voids usually caused by natural faults or decomposing fossils. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind a silica deposit. This cycle repeats over millions of years and eventually Opal is formed. 

It’s not only a beautiful stone, it’s the subject of many myths and legends throughout human history. One myth in particular involves ancient gods and opals.  The Australian Aborigines bestowed the name of ‘Rainbow Serpent’ to opal and described its creation as “The Creator took the colors of the rainbow, and put them into stone to make opal”. The Greeks also had their own stories involving the creation of Opal. Zeus, the Greek king of the gods, was so elated when he finally defeated the Titans that he wept tears that turned into opals upon crashing down to the earth. Another myth involves an Indian Goddess of the Rainbow. She was reportedly so beautiful that many male gods sought her favor and tried to swoon here endlessly. Eventually, as a desperate act of escape from their advances, she turned herself into the rainbow-colored opal. That’s one way to tell someone that you’re not interested… Oddly enough, even after such myths were written to revere the beauty of opal, it fell out of favor with our ancestors. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became associated with pestilence, famine and the fall of monarchies. Talk about a hard left turn… During the time of the Black Death in Europe, it was rumored that an opal worn by a patient was aflame with color right up to the point of death. Once the patient died, the opal would lose all of its brilliance and the rainbow within would fade. Speaking of death, there is also a tale of a cursed opal ring that existed in the 19th century. King Alfonso XII of Spain had received this supposed cursed ring from a vengeful countess he had previously courted. After presenting the Opal ring to his then wife, she died unexpectedly. The ring passed through the family, and, to the dismay of everyone, each new owner also died mysteriously. Finally, the King decided to wear it himself. The outcome is about what you would expect. He also died within a short time under mysterious circumstances. We’re not trying to scare you away from wearing opal (because it truly does make fantastic jewelry) but it is an interesting tale nonetheless. 

According to Metaphysics: Opal is believed to be a stone of inspiration that enhances imagination and creativity. It’s often referred to as the "Eye Stone" for its ability to provide deep introspection and emotional clarity. Much like its wide array of colors, opal is thought to provide a wide array of spiritual and emotional benefits. Some say that opals can help to balance the chakras and promote emotional well-being. Others believe that this stone can help to improve communication and intuition. Practitioners of crystal healing say it is helpful for people who feel scattered or like they lack focus. Opal helps by amplifying the energies of the chakras and in return, this effect provides  a sense of wholeness and inner peace.

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