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Opal Facts & Folklore

  • Australian aboriginal tribes believed that opals were the Creator’s footprints on Earth.
  • Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight. 
  • Opals help to control temper and calm nerves. A dream of an opal means that good luck will come.
  • Each opal is made of tiny spheres of amorphous hydrated silica; its water content makes it prone to cracking or crazing (many fine cracks). This can happen if the gem dries out, such as might occur when exposed to high temperatures or long periods of low humidity. The gem is relatively soft, with a hardness rating of only 5.5. (Never place an opal in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner: The vibrations can crack the gem.) 

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Chinese Writing Pattern: As seen on the left Like the appearance of the Chinese language characters. Straw Pattern: As seen on the right It resembles a piece of flattened straw crisscrossing each other. Harlequin Pattern: As seen on the bottom - right A Harlequin stone is the most prized of all opals. They are extremely rare and were often referred to by the old miners as tartan shirts opal. We've seen only seven patterns here. All stones are not perfectly categorized into some patterns. If you see 100 stones, you might find 100 different patterns from them. The image you get from...

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