Opal Crystals Meanings and Properties

Opal Crystals Meanings and Properties

Opal Crystals Meanings and Properties

Chakra Alignment: Throat, Heart
Zodiac: Aries, Virgo

Mineral Information

Origin: Worldwide, notably Australia, Mexico, Peru

Mineral Species: Opal

Mineral Group: Oxides

Chemical Formula: SiO2.nH2O

Hardness: 5.5-6

Crystal System: N/A

Colour: All colours

Typical Appearance: Crystalline masses.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Libra, Secondary Birthstone for Virgo

Chakra Alignment: Depends on colour

Element: None

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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