DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF SILKEN PINK OPAL
At BasmalaBeads, we believe in the profound connection between spirituality, tradition, and the natural world. That's why we're excited to introduce you to the enchanting world of Silken Pink Opal, a gemstone that resonates with the very essence of our brand.
SILKEN PINK OPAL: A GIFT FROM THE ANDES
Unlike other stones, this salmon-pink gemstone is a rare find, scattered over just a few regions, primarily in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Its delicate shades of pink, ranging from translucent to opaque, make it a perfect choice for those with sensitive hearts.
THE NAME OPAL: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
The name "opal" has a rich history, and its origins are as fascinating as the stone itself. Some believe it came to English from the Latin word "opalus," which means "color changing." This Latin term is thought to be derived from the Ancient Greek "opallios." And, interestingly, "opallios" is believed to have its roots in the Sanskrit word "upala," which simply means "jewel." When opal first appeared in Roman references in 250 BCE, it was sourced by traders from the Bosporus, who claimed these exquisite gems came from India.
THE RARE SOURCE: A JOURNEY TO THE ANDES
Pink opal is a treasure that's almost exclusively found in the Andes Mountains of Peru. While small amounts are also produced in Australia and the American state of Oregon, it's the Andes that bestows us with this exquisite gem. Sometimes, you may hear the term "pink opal" used to describe rhyolite-hosted fire opal sourced in Mexico.
HEAVENLY DROPS OF OPAL: NATURE'S MASTERPIECE
Did you know that opal is the result of nature's artistry during seasonal rains? When rain showers drench the dry ground, they carry a compound of silicon and oxygen deep into ancient underground rock. As the water soaks into the earth, it leaves behind silica gel-like deposits in cracks and between layers of rock. With time, as much of the water evaporates during dry periods, opal is formed. It's as if nature herself paints these exquisite gemstones.
A HISTORY WORTH CELEBRATING
Opal holds a storied past and is classified into two broad groups: precious opal and common opal. Precious opal is known for its captivating play-of-color, a unique flashing rainbow effect. In the Middle Ages, this kaleidoscopic stone was believed to possess the combined virtues of all gemstone colors. It was considered a symbol of great luck and even thought to grant invisibility when held within a fresh bay leaf. Throughout the centuries, opal has adorned decorative pieces and jewelry, gracing brooches, hairpins, necklaces, mosaic details, watches, and even biscuit jars.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
At BasmalaBeads, we cherish the traditions, stories, and the natural world. Inspired by the rich history of gemstones like Silken Pink Opal, we create prayer beads that embody the essence of our brand – a harmonious blend of tradition, spirituality, and artistry. Explore our collection of prayer beads and discover the beauty and meaning they can add to your spiritual journey.
Are you inspired to embark on this journey with us? Explore our Silken Pink Opal collection and embrace the serenity and depth it offers.