Opal Crystals Meanings and Properties
Chakra Alignment: Throat, Heart
Zodiac: Aries, Virgo
Origin: Worldwide, notably Australia, Mexico, Peru
Mineral Species: Opal
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: SiO2.nH2O
Crystal System: N/A
Colour: All colours
Typical Appearance: Crystalline masses.
Birthstone: Libra, Secondary Birthstone for Virgo
Chakra Alignment: Depends on colour
Origin of Name & Mythology: The name derives from the Roman opalus, which is a Latinised version of the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone’. In Elizabethan times it was known as ophthalmos (eye). Opal’s unfortunate association with bad luck did not occur until the 19th century, and probably derives from Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Anne of Geierstein. Prior to that, opal was traditionally believed to be lucky, as it was deemed to possess as many virtues as hues and colours. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat diseases of the eye, and purported to render the wearer invisible.
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