Opal: " For in them you shall see the living fire of the ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light." ~ Roman Pliny the Elder on Opal, Century AD--iridescence
Precious gem variety of olivine. One of the few gems that occurs in only one color. A celestial, astronomical mineral found in meteorites. At one time, it was more valuable than diamonds. Birth stone for August.
Ethiopian opal is still a new gemstone. Ethiopian opal is quite unique and different from more common Australian and Mexican opal. Not many people know about this opal yet. I am a gem cutter and have worked.
An carat Black Opal purchased by Richard Krementz in Lightning Ridge, Australia. Courtesy of Richard Krementz Gemstones. Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA (Gemological Institute of America) via Dieter Rosenkranz
Opal is a stone of sympathy and compassion, pure thoughts & confidence. It is the most unpredictable stone, a symbol of ever-changing fortune. According to legend an opal talisman boosts foresight--dunno about that but it is my favorite stone.
GEMS Opal Necklace With Demantoid Garnet Accents. Necklace By Louis Comfort Tiffany. Black Opal From Australia's Lightening Ridge. Demantoid Garnet Accents From Russia. Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall Of Geology, Gems, And Minerals.