Published September 2014  •  Updated September 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Green Opal is a wonderful common Opal with an uncommonly good energy.  Each deposit produces its own unique hue, ranging from pastel mint green to vivid lime green, and from Caribbean blue-green to pure emerald green.  All of them have a happy and restorative vibe.  These Opals helps us to shake the dust off our mind and get out of our ruts.  Green Opals brings a fresh perspective that can help us to find our true calling in life.  They are also a wonderful choice for romance and self-love.  Green Opals encourage us to nurture what is good, celebrate what is beautiful and be gentler with ourselves and with others.

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Green Opal Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Green Opal gives us a fresh perspective on life whenever we are feeling stuck in a rut. It can point us towards our “calling,” whether it is one which lasts for our entire lifetime, or only for an important season in our life. Green Opal reminds us that life is beautiful and to actively, consciously notice that beauty in our everyday lives. It stimulates our creativity and originality and encourages us to be our dynamic, wonderful self! Green Opal deepens meditation and can also be used to align the Chakras and balance male/female energies.

Metaphysical Properties Green Opal
Chakra Heart
Element Earth and Water
Numerology 8 and 9
Zodiac Aries, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Pisces and Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Green Opal lightens the heart and shares with us its relaxed and sensual energy. It has a very soothing vibration, which helps us to recover after dealing with stressful situations. It renews our emotional reserves and helps us to return to optimal emotional readiness. Green Opal liberates us from feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. It is a wonderful stone for exploring self-love, gently reminding us that when we take care of ourselves and nourish our own hearts, we are stronger and more capable of taking care of the rest of our world and the people we love. When used in romantic relationships, Green Opal amplifies desire and teaches us the art of seduction, while also inspiring loyalty and faithfulness.

Mental Healing Properties

Green Opal amplifies our discernment, helping us to sort through complex information and correctly identify the parts that require our attention. This discernment also helps us to make better judgement calls about people and situations, so that we can give our energy only to those individuals and opportunities that serve our Highest Good. Green Opal attracts good friends and business partners, and can also encourage us to make wise financial choices. When placed in an office, Green Opal improves business relationships and creates a more effective and pleasant environment to get things done.

Physical Healing Properties

Green Opal is recommended for anyone exploring heathy eating habits. It helps us to choose foods that nourish and energize us and to pay attention to what makes us feel good in general. Green Opal reminds us to not go to extremes, but rather to take sensible care and to listen to our body and trust its wisdom. Likewise, if we have trouble with insomnia or are being plagued by bad dreams, it helps us to stay calm and be gentle with ourselves emotionally and physically. Green Opal encourages good habits and self-care in general. It is a lovely talisman for the immune system, particularly during the cold and flu season. It helps us to take care of ourselves, in sickness and in health.

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Green Opal Mineralogy

Where does Green Opal come from?

Opals are found worldwide, but 90% of all Opals on the market are Australian in origin.  Green Opals are also found in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Madagascar, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the United States

Mining and Treatments

Most Precious Opals are found in thin layers embedded in sandstone and are the primary focus for many mines. Some of the mines are small affairs, while others are huge operations that create vast tunnel systems through the sandstone. Precious Opals are found using UV lights. Common Opals, by contrast, are secondary stones found in a wide variety of mines and mining conditions.

Lab-created Precious Opals are available in the fine gemstone market. Common Opals, by contrast, are all fully natural, regardless of the shade of color, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Opal is a type of Common Opal and a Silicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspars. Opal comes in two main varieties, precious and common. Precious Opals have a fiery play of colors sparking across their surface. Common Opals, by contrast, lack this fire and have an opaque, flat color.

Green Opal’s energy works well with its family – other Silicate minerals.  Try it in combination with Agates, Amethyst, Aventurine, Chalcedony, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Jasper, Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Tigers Eye.  It also blends perfectly with other types of Opal such as Pink, Purple, White, and Yellow.

Green Opal Formation and Crystal Associates

Common Opals are fairly widespread and can be found in most types of rocks, wherever silica-bearing waters are found. Opals are especially abundant near hot-springs and Opal often is part of the fossilization process for Petrified Wood as well as fossilized seashells and bones. Precious Opals, by contrast, are much more rare and can only be found enclosed within a rock, where over time the water is slowly removed from the silica gel, a process which can take thousands of years. The silica left behind settles down and, if it settles in the correct formation, it results in the iridescent color which plays across the gem’s surface.

Green Opal’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Fluorite, Snow Quartz, Topaz

Mineralogy Green Opal
Chemical Formula SiO2 nH2O
Cleavage None
Color Green
Crystal System Amorphous
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 5-6
Luminescence Green (long and short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 1.9-2.3
Streak White
Transparency

Translucent to opaque

History of Green Opal

Opal is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Most of the legends associated with Opals refer specifically to the Precious Opals that contain a flashing “fire” of color inside them. Tumbled Opals, by contrast, are known as Common Opals, and have a flat color. The name Opal most likely derives from the the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone.” It has also been suggested that the name may also come from Ops, a Roman Earth Goddess associated with fertility and the harvest.

At one time, Opals commanded a higher price than any other gemstone, far higher than Diamonds or Rubies. Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79), a Roman author, naturalist, and philosopher described Opal in his lapidary, The Natural History of Precious Gemstones. He related that a generation before him, there had been an enormous Opal, as big as a hazelnut, which was worth more than a villa. It was owned by a Roman Senator named Nonius. Marc Antony, the most powerful man in the Roman world at that time, demanded that the Senator give the gemstone to him. Nonius refused and fled, leaving all his worldly possessions behind, taking only the Opal.

Today, the vast majority of Opals come from the outback of Australia. The “Opal Capital of the World” is the small desert town of Coober Pedy, in Southern Australia. Opals were discovered in the desolate Stuart Mountain range in 1915, by a 14-year-old boy named Willie Hutchinson. He and his father were searching for gold but instead found a mother-lode of pale white sparking gems.  An Opal Rush began, and hundreds of men seeking their fortune poured into the “Stuart Range Opal Field.” This name was deemed too boring, and was replaced with kupa piti, Aboriginal words that meant “the boy’s watering hole,” a nod to Willie Hutchinson. In a bizarre turn of events, Willie died in 1920 while swimming in a water hole. Kupa piti gradually become Coober Pedy, which local residents now claim means “white man in a hole.”

Australia occasionally produces Precious Green Opals, typically these are white or black Opals that have a green iridescence.  Black Opal from Lightening Ridge, Australia often has particularly vivid shades of green and blue.  Precious Green Opals also come from Ethiopia.

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Sunrise over the Coober Pedy “golf course”

Common Green Opals can be found in a variety of locations, with each area often showcasing a distinctive hue  In Peru, olive-green Opals and gorgeous blue-green Opals may be found in the Andes.  The mountains are also famous for producing some of the best Pink Opals in the world.  The blue-green Opals are sometimes called “Incan Opals” and are celebrated as the National Gemstone of Peru.  In Europe, Green Opals often have a lovely pastel color, while in Madagascar the Opals may be a vivid emerald green or a yellowish lime green.  The global demand for Common Opals in any color is relatively new.  Prior to the late 20th century, only Precious Opals were actively mined and traded.  Opals current popularity is partially due to the rise of the healing crystal industry, which prizes these pretty little gems and considers them anything but “common.”

There are numerous myths associated with Opal, some romantic and others gruesome.  For more information, please see the longer history article on White Opal.