Gemstone family: Opal
Colours: Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Mohs hardness: 5.5 – 6.5
Ground locations: Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Slovakia, United States
Opal is named after the Greek word ‘opallos’ which means ‘to see a change’, for its colours range from milky white to deep black passing through all other tints. According to the legends of the Aborigines from Australia, where the stone is to be mostly found, this rainbow of colours dates back from when God came down to Earth with a message of peace to humans that transformed all rocks in sparkling colourful stones. From this healing act, Opal was born.
Endowed with such a wonderful colour play, Opal is typically the gemstones of changing emotions, including love and passion, which also have various ranges of expressions. Made of stone, Opal is the most human of all gems for it epitomises our colourful world by embodying every single one of our different moods although representing their perfect balance.