The real beauty of a woman is exposed when she wears jewellery. There is no denying in the fact that like every other gemstone Opal is also one of the many precious gemstones that adores a woman. Available in a wide range of variety and colours an opal gemstone is always a favorite stone for a woman. In the past many eminent personalities have expressed their desire for this gemstone. Shakespeare, the great English poet once referred Opal as the “Queen of Gems”. Pliny, the Roman historian referred it as “having the fire of the carbuncle, the brilliant purple of the amethyst and the sea green colour of the emerald, all shining together in incredible union”.
Opal Gemstones come in numerous colours white, black, fire, matrix, blue and the list goes on. It will not be possible to discuss about all their colours. The transparency of this semi precious stone allows light to pass through it and produce multiple light colours. An expert gemstone cutter gives it a proper shape that is eye popping by using it in various forms like beads or carvings. To describe it in other words we can say that an Opal Gemstone is created by tiny amorphous silica gel that gives it the look of a fire.
Opal gemstones have a plenty of healing properties associated with it. But these healing effects vary according to the colour of the gemstone. White coloured opals increase the productivity of an individual. Anyone suffering from problems like indigestions or acidity can wear this opal. Fire opals on the other hand help a person to undergo emotional turmoil by helping him or her forget about the past incidents. A Blue Opal is effective at that point of time when past life of a person is affecting his or her present life. Persons suffering from bad immune system can use the Green Opal.
Though most of the Opals are mined in Australia but some of them are also found in Czech Republic, Honduras, Mexico and Nevada. Australia accounts for about 90% of the Opals with a production ranging between $100 million to $200 million.
An Opal Gemstone can only last longer if it is handled carefully and can stop working if proper care is not taken. This fragile semi precious gemstone should always be cleaned with mild detergent in warm water. It should be cleaned either with a soft toothbrush or a cloth. Using an ultrasonic cleaner is very dangerous as the vibrations can cause crack in the stone. Sometimes the opal may lose its luster due to its usage for a long time. You can at anytime visit a professional gemstone dealer who also specializes in polishing it and get back that lost shine.
If you want to keep your opal away from you for some time then you can do so. All you have to do is store it in a simple padded cloth. If you want to store the opal for a long time then you can do so by placing it in a cotton cloth along with a few drops of water. The purpose of doing this is that it will prevent any amount of water coming out of the stone in case it is exposed to humid environments.