The Story of the Opal ⋆ Donna Woolam

The Story of the Opal

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Great Scott! She's Wearing an Opal!

I remember the first time I heard the superstition of the opal. 

I was in Puerta Vallarta with my friend Jami. We had earned a Mexican Riviera Cruise with our Direct Sales company. As we strolled the streets looking for places to spend our dollars, we found a shop filled with incredible natural stones set in sterling silver.

Both Jami and I were captivated by the beauty of a Fire Opal; a flashing orange stone catching the light. She purchased the beauty right away.

But, my birthday is in May. I was told that it's bad luck to wear an opal if it isn't your birthstone. And even though I'm not one for superstition, I didn't grab a companion fire opal ring. Jami's birthday is in November.

Who Started the Opal Drama?

So, where does the story of the opal and bad luck come from? Interestingly from a best-selling novel written by Sir Walter Scott in 1829. In fact, his story ruined the European opal market for 50 years! In the book Anne of Geiersteinthe main character is accused of being a demoness. In the story, Anne dies shortly after a drop of holy water falls on her opal necklace and changes the color. As a result, the public decides Scott is warning them of bad luck if an opal was worn. (Hmmm, looks like the Victorians were as susceptible to fake news as we are today...)

Never fear. Fifty years later an incredible black opal was found in Australia, and the opal market was revived.

Opals Yesterday and Today

The opal continues to be surrounded by myth, legend and mysticism. However, it has been as the official birthstone for the month of October. The opal in all it's brilliant colors, along with pink tourmaline are highly prized by October babies everywhere.

In the medieval era, blonde-haired maidens wanted a necklace of opals to keep their hair shining brightly.

It became the Patron Stone of Thieves because some believed it would make the wearer invisible.

Others believed the stone carried miraculous healing powers. By wearing it, one could be immune to diseases. For those hungry for power and influence, the stone was said to increase the powers of the mind and eyes.

Carrying on that tradition, many who suffer from chemical dependency believe the stone helps them take back control of their life.

Wear and Care of Genuine Opals

Genuine opals are up to 20% water! When you own them, it is important to keep them from drying out. If they crack (called "crazing"), they lose their value. For this reason, you might consider soaking your opal in water for several hours from time to time.

Interestingly, the "fire" that makes the opal so highly prized is a result of cracking. It's very flaw is also the source of it's greatest beauty. Here's the rule of thumb, if you can see the cracks without a magnifying glass, it isn't a very good opal.

To learn more of the history and folklore of the opal, check out the article on the site Jewels for Me.

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