The Amazing World of Opal

It’s October! This month we start to settle into Fall, with all of its changes—weather, daylight, and colors.

So If you love fall and all of its beautiful magical colors as much as I do, then you are going to love one of October’s birthstones—the Opal!

Like all of you October babies, each Opal is truly Unique in form, color and look.

Most opals will display a phenomena called Play-of-color which is the magnificent rainbow of light created inside and reflecting to your eye.

These colors are so pleasing to look at, that it inspires:

  • Love and Hope

  • Innocence and Purity

  • Luck and Happiness

This is why October is so lucky to have such a unique and phenomenal birthstone such as Opal.

How is Opal Unique?

Opals are amorphous, which mean they have no crystal structure and no chemical composition.

They are formed from submicroscopic silica spheres that bond together with water and additional silica to create spheres that stack together randomly or sometimes uniformly.

These spheres can be big or small and each one is uniquely structured creating a one of a kind opal. They are like snowflakes, each one is different.

The intensity and the colors you see depend upon the light refracting from the silica spheres.

The Colors you see depend on the size of the spheres:

  • Smaller sphere create blue colors

  • Larger spheres create orange and red.

The Intensity of color depends on how the spheres are arranged:

  • More uniform or grid-like the structure of the spheres are, the more intense the colors will appear.

  • Less uniform will result in “dead” areas or areas with no colors.

The opal with its rainbow colors is considered to hold within it all of the healing powers that the corresponding colored gemstone beholds making it very powerful in helping you emotionally, physical and spiritually.

Because each opal is created uniquely due to its arbitrary formation, there are many different types of Opals; each containing their own amazing healing powers.

What are the Types & How Can they Benefit you?

1. White Precious Opal –displays play of color or rainbow flashes against a light body color, usually

white, yellow or cream.

White Opals are the most common opals that you will see, especially in jewelry and for October birthstone.

They are considered the happiest of the Opals since they hold the elements of Fire & Light to illuminate and intensify all aspects of your emotions.

When you wear White Opal, it inspires you to be:

  • More Optimistic by creating a better mood

  • More imaginative and creative

  • More energetic due to its vibrating color energy

  • Able to identify and release old pain, fears, or anger and get over it quickly

Choose white opal if you need more joy and optimism.

2. Common Opal,” or “Potch” Opal-- has different body colors depending on where it is from, but does not have ANY play of color.

It lacks the rainbow phenomenon because it forms with spheres of unorderly sizes or stacking. It usually has a milky or pearly luster, known as “opalescence” and are semi translucent to opaque, so light does not show through them.

The common opal combines Earth and Water energies and is most beneficial for metaphysical purposes because they vibrate at a lower frequency.

When you wear Common Opal, you will feel a more gentle and nurturing support by:

  • Alleviating worry

  • Lessening chronic stress and depression

  • Aiding in sleeplessness and nightmares

  • Healing pain that you hold in your subconscious, that you may not be fully aware of. It helps bring that to light so that you can recognize it and overcome it.

Choose Common Opal to lower stress, alleviate depression and be more balanced & calm.

3. Fire Opal-- transparent to translucent with a body color of vivid red, orange or yellow, with or without play-of-color.

Fire Opal is most commonly mined in Mexico & typically called Mexican Fire Opal.

The elemental energy of Fire opal is Fire, so its powers are strong.

They are Ideal stones for business ventures and people that want to live by their own rules and make a mark in life.

Fire opal helps you to:

  • Awaken your deep inner passion

  • Align your emotions to the creative energy of the Universe and helps you communicate through artistic expression

  • Manifest money

  • Be more open to change which Motivates you to progress forward in your ambition

  • Be wary and Protect you against dangerous decisions

  • Become more optimistic, socially outgoing and confident

Fire opal is for you if you want more passion and independence, especially if you are starting a new business.

4. Boulder Opal-- precious opal attached to its host rock, usually ironstone or sandstone.

This Opal usually forms from its gel-like watery substance seeping through nooks and crannies of rocks. It can form in thin seems or cavities inside rocks and can be difficult to remove without breaking them. So instead of cutting the opal out, it is left attached to the host rock.

They typically come from Queensland, Australia.

Since the rock is part of the opal, each piece is unique and special, making it ideal for creating custom-made abstract pieces of jewelry.

The elements of Earth and Fire energies creates more balance and makes the wearer more grounded .

Boulder Opal will help:

  • Practical people develop their spiritual side and spiritual people be successful in being more practical

  • Bring clarity by helping you bring together your conscious and unconscious thoughts, so that you are more enlightened to your truth

  • Establish emotional security so that you can put down roots and settle down without losing your spirit of adventure, so really good for restless people

  • Overcome tough times and come out shining

Choose Boulder Opal if you need more spirituality or practicality, more clarity and more feelings of security & settled.

5. Precious Black Opal—has a dark body color, usually black or dark gray, deep blue or green which makes the iridescent play of color so much more intense.

The majority of Black Precious Opals come from Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia and are the most famous and sought after Opals in the world.

Black Opal links the Root and Crown chakras connecting your spiritual ambitions to your physical body making it a powerful amplifier of your intentions and things you want to manifest.

When you wear Black opal, it helps you be:

  • Extremely lucky personally and spiritually.

  • More uplifted spiritually by bringing Light into your aura.

  • Less distressed by dissolving depression and hopelessness. It helps you face your darkest fears and release the blockages that are holding you back.

  • More attuned to the intention of others by giving you the power to read their eyes and see their truth.

Choose black opal if you need more luck and protection and to amplify your whole body intentions.

Who Opal Perfect For?

As you can see, there is an Opal for everyone, especially if you love transforming yourself & your look!

Opal is considered a “Transformer Crystal”.

It enhances your efforts to change your:

  • Situation

  • Prospects

  • Health