Unlike other stones, this salmon-pink gemstone is scattered over two to three regions only. It is usually translucent to opaque and comes in sensitive hues, for sensitive hearts.
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Some claim that the name opal came to English from the Latin name opalus, meaning “color changing”, which is possibly derived from the Ancient Greek opallios. This in turn is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word upala, which means “jewel.” When the term initially appeared in Roman references in 250 BCE, opal was supplied by traders from the Bosporus. They claimed the gems came from India.
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Pink opal is almost only found in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Australia and the American state of Oregon produce small amounts, too. Sometimes the rhyolite-hosted fire opal sourced in Mexico also goes by this name.
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Did you know that opal is the product of seasonal rains? Rain showers drenched dry ground, causing the water to soak deep into ancient underground rock and carrying a compound of silicon and oxygen downward. These silica gel-like deposits stayed behind in cracks and between layers of underground rock much of the water evaporated during dry periods, forming opal as a result.
Opal is classified into two broad groups: precious opal and common opal. Precious opal displays what is called play-of-color, a unique flashing rainbow effect. Believed to possess the entirety of virtues of each gemstone represented in opal’s color spectrum, this kaleidoscopic stone was considered to provide great luck in the Middle Ages. Wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in hand, it was also thought to grant invisibility. Opal has been used for both decorative and jewelry purposes throughout the centuries. Its inlay has beautified brooches, hair pins, necklaces, mosaic details, watches, and even biscuit jars.