This fascinating and truly nonpareil stone has captivated many throughout history. Pliny the Elder thought of it as a stone that was, actually, a medley of many precious gems, such as rubies, amethysts, and emeralds. Opal was ranked very highly by the Romans along with Emerald. Opal was so prized by Romans that some would rather face punishment from the state than relinquish the stone. Roman senator Nonius was cast into exile after refusing to surrender his prized opal (worth two million sesterces, or twenty-thousand gold coins in Roman times). Marcus Nonius is said to have inspired the film “Gladiator” and his tomb was unearthed decades ago. By the medieval period, it became known as the “lucky” stone. A lot of opal was exported from Mexico to Spain. Opal can be found in many Aztec carvings and many gems are engraved. In Europe, many localities exist in Hungary. Since ancient times, Hungary was known have a vast wealth of opal ready to be mined, cut, and sold. Despite this, Opal tends to have minor flaws in it.
Opal Pronunciation: /opəl/ or /oʊpəl/ (o-puhl or oa-puhl)
Opal Misspellings: Opil
Crystal System: Amorphous
Etymology: Either the Latin word for it, Opalus, or Sanskrit Upala
Opal is a silicate stone that can consist of up to 20% water, all trapped inside. Being a very bright, colorful stone, it was held in high regard by some cultures, including Romans and Bedouins.
Documentation and reports of opal's properties are as old as time. In many ways, it's like you have a bouquet of beautiful stones. Mirroring this, properties are plentiful and powerful, as it is in full supply of Earthen and Astral energy.
Opal is legendary, gorgeous, and has a multitude of metaphysical properties that many enjoy. People often employ it on supernatural journeys to help them gain insight on potential growth.
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