Opal stones are always incredible to see, and this one is no exception.
This is a Boulder Opal that’s known as the ‘Rainbow Tree’ From Queensland, Australia and it’s pretty amazing.
It’s so astounding to witness this natural piece of crystal, created from the Earth.
Most crystals, like this opal, are formed by the molecules in liquid that harden as they cool down.
Gemstones like diamonds, rubies and emeralds, are made from cooling magma that cools down slowly and then hardens.
We all remember that diamonds are highly sought after and this is mainly because they are harder to source than other more common stones.
Opal stones are also quite pricey, although, not as pricey as the rare types of diamonds out there.
The price of an opal depends on what type of opal it is, as well as the quality and the size.
White opal isn’t going to be too expensive, but a darker opal will be more expensive since it can be laborious to find.
Opal is mainly found in Australia in Lightning Ridge as well as in Coober Pedy, Mintabie, and Andamooka.
This beautiful crystal is made up of silicon dioxide and water mixed together, and as the water flows over sandstone, it ends up gathering silica and broken down fossils.
Then, the water evaporates and what’s left is pure silica which creates opal.
Opal ends up having a very kaleidoscopic array of different colours and can look like the like the northern lights or even like the ocean in some cases.
Opal can be used in jewelry and some of the finest pieces are used in rings, earrings, pendants and more.
These beautiful iridescent stones are also used in natural therapies.
The energy of opal stones can help to create harmony and balance in our own personal energy systems and meridians.
In massage therapy or reiki, crystals like opal can be placed around or on a person to enhance and balance their energy.
People also collect crystals like opal to add to their home environments to bring the energy of the stone into their home.
Opal has been said to have an energy that can help those who are dealing with infections, fevers, PMS and birthing.
By holding the crystal, you may feel these subtle energies as you hold it, which can help you draw on your own strength.
Opal has also been appreciated as it increases creativity and self-expression, as well as implementing self-worth and self-esteem.
Opal is the also the birthstone for October and can be given as a gift to celebrate the 14th year of marriage.
The word opal comes from the Sanskrit word upala, which means precious stone.
Also, the Greeks called it Opallios, which means “to perceive a change of color” and as you can tell by looking at it, opal does change colour in the light which is one of it’s best features and which is why people love it so much.
Holding opal stones up to the sun or a light and moving the stone back and forth with unfold so many brilliant colours that will amaze you.
Traditionally Greek people thought that opal would give a person foresight and better insight.
During the medieval ages, women with lighter hair would wear opal to prevent themselves from losing their hair and colour.
Many people say that they sleep better when they have a crystal such as opal under their pillow and that they have fewer bad dreams.
It never hurts to try it out, even on yourself.
If you don’t already have a love for crystals, you may just develop one and desire to start collecting some crystals of your own to treasure and enjoy.
Source: Crystal Gemstones