// gem roundup : opal

We’re suckers for anything opal. Not just because they are the October birthstone, but they have such a dreamlike quality, & are often associated with love & desire. If you look closely at an opal stone, their kaleidoscopic colors seem to create a little nebula within. Opal is highly prized as a power stone for ritual magic, & one precious gem we feel really reflects our inner hologram.

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Made up of 20% water trapped inside its silica structure, opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert ‘outback’. The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon & oxygen) downward. During dry periods, much of the water evaporated, leaving solid deposits of silica in the cracks & between the layers of underground sedimentary rock, resulting in this heavenly stone!

The array of colors seen in precious opal occur because of it’s make up of sub-microscopic spheres stacked in a grid-like pattern. As the light waves travel between the spheres, the waves diffract, or bend. As they bend, they break up into the colors of the rainbow, called spectral colors.

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Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins & powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy & guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, & truth. Generally, opal is believed to enhance cosmic consciousness & induce metaphysical & mystical visions. There are several different types of opal; black opal & boulder opal being the rarest.

slide07all above images via villagesmithopals.com

Here’s an inspired mood board of products we feel best embody the magical & holographic qualities of this opalescent gemstone. These items will also highly satisfy if you ever happen to find yourself gift shopping for us.

opal board
Nike
Air Force 1 iD iridescent
sneakers; Pamela Love Luna Ring; WWAKE Three-Step Point Earrings; Kate Spade Pretty Little Thing mini notebook; Julep nail color in Liza; FRENDS Layla Oil Slick Camo Headphones; RUMOKO X Vintage Cheddar Opalescent Wall Clock via Society6

 

 

 

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