Opal has the same chemical composition as quartz (silicon dioxide but also contains 1 to 2 percent water and is not crystallised. it is transparent to semi opaque and occurs in veins or nodules inside cavities or cracks in silica rich rocks. Australia produces 97% of the worlds opal, the remainder is found in such countries as Brazil, Mexico, Peru and the United States of America.
There are two main types of opal, common and precious:
Common Opal, doesn't have the play of internal colours that precious opal does, it is translucent with a palette of colours including honey, orange, blue, green and red. Common opal also appears with dendritic inclusions. These opals include opal fossil wood, which is caused by the replacement of the organic material in wood with opal and Hyalite a colourless glass-clear opal sometimes called Muller's Glass or Water Opal, Jelly Opal and Chrysopal
Precious Opal, shows a variety of flashing colours called fire or opalescence on backgrounds of white, black, dark brown or colourless. The fire appears as flecks or sparkles of vivid colours floating on top of the background, often with a blue of purplish overall tone. Within the precious opal group, there is a range of varieties which is determined by the various colour combinations.
Opal is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. Opal stimulates originality and dynamic creativity, it helps in accessing and expressing your true self. Opal is absorbent an reflective. It picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them and then sends them back. Opal is a karmic stone sending you the message "what you put out here comes back to you three fold". It is a protective stone, if you program it correctly you will become invisible and unnoticeable to others.
Opal amplifies traits and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It increases self-worth, helps you to understand your full potential.
Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal can act as an emotional stabiliser, but the stone may scatter energy and the user needs to be well centred before using opal to explore or induce feelings, or to have other stones standing by to help integration. Opal shows you what your emotional state has been in the past and teaches you how to take responsibility for how you are feeling now. It encourages you to send out positive emotions. Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity to you but it may also increase fickleness if the person is inclined that way in the first place. Opals are used to send healing to the earth's energy field, repairing depletions and re-energising and stabilising the grid.
Opal strengthens the will to live. It treats Parkinson's disease, infections and fevers. Opal strengthens your memory, purifies the blood and kidneys. It regulates insulin, eases childbirth and alleviates PMS (use the dark colours for this). Opal is beneficial to the eyes, especially as crystal water.
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Andean Opal or Peruvian Opal occurs in three colours, blue, green and pink.
Blue Andean opal helps with earth awareness and healing. It encourages compassion for the planet and all that lives. It promotes inner growth and transitions. This stone eases grief and loss and will help you achieve inner peace.
Green Andean opal connects the lower and upper chakras together. It connects the mind, emotions and body together. Helps make thought manifest through affirmations. Facilitates bringing prosperity and abundance into your life.
Pink Andean opal promotes unconditional love, encourages compassion for all that lives, aids healers who manifest or feel others pain in their body of emotions. This stone heals trauma held in the emotional or physical body, aids emotional body healing and heart healing, heals grief and loss. It promotes inner peace.
This precious opal gives you the will to live a full and happy life. It aids a positive disposition toward life; reduces anxiety and depression. Black opal helps you accept and overcome difficult situations. Physically black opal stimulates internal and mental cleansing processes. It has a regenerative effect after illness.
Blue opal is an emotional soother that realigns to spiritual purpose. It resonates with the throat chakra and can enhance communication, especially of that which has been suppressed through lack of confidence. Opal is useful when past life experiences or injuries are affecting the present life, as these can be healed through the etheric blueprint.
This stone opens you to new impressions and encourages openness to others. A mood enhancing stone, it eases emotional burdens, and liberates feelings. It detoxifies and regenerates the liver and relieves feelings of constriction to the heart and chest.
Boulder opal collects and condenses energy in the Hara Line. It facilitates knowing and manifesting your life purpose. It awakens spirituality, helps in finding your path and your reason for living in this incarnation. Boulder opal releases strong bursts of propulsive energy through the Hara Line. It emits light to cleanse, heal, repair, open and awaken your hara line. Boulder opal helps spiritual evolution and ascension. It will get you moving to carry on with your life.
Green opal will give you a new perspective on life and a quick recovery from mental and physical exhaustion. It will help you when you become disoriented in a situation or place. If you are mentally disoriented it will remind you that life is to be lived and is fulfilling. Green opal is a cleansing and rejuvenating stone that promotes emotional recovery and aids relationships. With the ability to filter information and reorient the mind, it gives meaning to everyday life and brings spiritual perspective. In healing green opal strengthens the immune system and alleviates colds and flu. Physically green opal fortifies the liver, kidneys, ovaries and testicles.
Hyalite (water opal)
Hyalite is a colourless, water-clear opal with a strong sheen. Hyalite is a wonderful stone for scrying. Its watery depths stimulate connection with the spirit realm. It is a mood stabiliser and connects the base chakra with the crown. It enhances the meditative experience. Hyalite helps those making the transition out of the body. It teaches that the body is a temporary vessel for the soul.
Jelly opal helps increase your instinct of survival and will let you know when to retreat from a dangerous situation. It clarifies your emotions. This stone is ideal for you when you need to be in the right place at the right time. Jelly opal will enhance your ability to recognise and express your inner needs to others. Physically jelly opal enhances the water balance in your body, fortifies the eyes, ears; sense of smell and taste.
Mexican Fire Opal
Mexican Fire Opal, is a form of orange-red opal that doesn't exhibit the typical fire of precious opal. Mexican fire opal is composed of hydrous silica, often coloured by iron and aluminium. Mexican fire opal is transparent, to translucent. Sometimes there will be flecks of fire visible in the stone or a slight iridescence. Mexican fire opal is an enhancer of personal power, awakening inner fire, and a protector against danger. It is a symbol of hope, excellent for business and an energy amplifier. This stone helps change and progress. Mexican fire opal support you through times of turmoil, where there is injustice and mistreatment. This stone magnifies thoughts and feelings, it can release for you deep seated feeling of grief. It is a stone for letting go of past hurts and grievances.
Mexican fire opal works with the abdomen and lower back. It heals the intestines and kidneys. Mexican fire opal balances the adrenal glands and prevents burn out. It will also stimulate the sexual organs. Mexican fire opal is an excellent stone for re-energising and warming you.
Milk opal helps you become more open minded to situations. It will aid you in accepting and appreciating yourself and others just as you are. Milk opal enhances your communication skills and encourages companionship with others. Physically milk opal stimulates the lymph, kidneys and bladder.
Opal fossil is a life affirming stone. It helps you become more open and lively around others. This stone gives you and unshakable inner harmony. Use this stone when you wish to see the pleasant and positive side of life. Opal fossil wood gives you a healthy appetite and aids digestion.
Oregon opal heals and releases past emotional traumas from this life and past lives. It cleanses and heals the emotional body and etheric double aura envelope. Oregon opal promotes positive nurturing and self nurturing, it releases and relieves emotional hurts. This stone returns and heals lost soul fragments during healing. Oregon opal supports your imagination, childlike vulnerability, joyful rediscovery of self, positive-ism and peace.
Red opal helps in cleansing and activating the base and sacral chakras. It promotes a feeling of being centred. At a spiritual level, this stone activates clairvoyance. Red opal is particularly helpful in healing headaches. It promotes tissue regeneration and heals blood disorders, muscle tension and spinal disorders. Red opal can reduce menopausal symptoms.
White opal helps you to have an open mind and not make rash judgements. It makes you more accommodating toward others, it help you accept yourself as your are and accept others. Helps with communication and companionship. White opal stimulates the lymph flow, kidneys, bladder and it regulates the water in the body. White opal opens and amplifies the energy of all the Kundalini chakras, fills the Kundalini line with colour and light. It facilitates the clearing and releasing of negative behaviours and patterns. It-raises the Kundalini from the base to the crown chakra. White opal increases spiritual awareness and facilitates your spiritual initiation.
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Shown here are the precious opal colours, most common first to the rarest.