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Healing Properties of Pink Opal
Spiritual: Pink Opal opens our hearts so we can feel the love of the Divine and the presence of our Guardian Angels. It helps us to connect to our Highest Self and to feel oneness with all of creation. It encourages us to be more generous and community-minded, letting go of ego-driven attachments and instead striving towards a higher ideal. Pink Opal encourages us to stand up for social justice, using nonviolent means and by including others rather than fragmenting into groups. It asks us to love more and to see all of humanity as our family. Pink Opal can guide us along our true path, whatever that may be, and aid us during any spiritual awakening we might go through along the way. Pink Opal is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Water and vibrates to the numbers 6, 8, and 9.
Emotional: Pink Opal lightens the heart and shares with us its peaceful, happy, and sensual energy. It has a very soothing vibration, which helps us feel safe and emotionally calm. When faced with stress or recent trauma, Pink Opal helps us to work through the emotions quickly and efficiently so that the trauma doesn’t become buried in our subconscious to haunt us later. Pink Opal gives us the courage to be our true selves, without worrying that other people will judge us harshly. It lowers our inhibitions and liberates us from feelings of shame and unworthiness. Pink Opal attracts good friends and kind lovers, and encourages us to be good and kind in return.
Mental: Pink Opal has a dreamy, idealistic quality to it, encouraging us to think outside of the box. It helps us to suspend our rigid beliefs about how the world works and instead be open to new possibilities. This dreamy vibration can allow us to safely navigate the lower levels of our subconscious and discover hidden pain and old traumas that have been secretly holding us back from reaching our full potential and living with joy and peace. Pink Opal gently lifts those buried memories to the surface where we can calmly sort through them and resolve them. It can also help us to reach deeper levels of meditation and be more conscious in our everyday life.
Physical: Pink Opal is used by metaphysical healers to treat the physical heart as well as various physical problems whose origin lies in past physical or sexual abuse. It is also said to support the lungs and the flow of oxygen throughout the body. It is commonly used to prevent or reduce nightmares, especially among children.
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Mineralogy of Pink Opal
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2 nH2O
Crystal System: Amorphous
Fracture: Conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Green (long and short wave)
Transparency: Transparent, opaque
Location: Opals are found in many locations around the world, however 90% of all Opals on the market are Australian in origin. Other deposits are located in Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and the United States (Idaho and Nevada).
Mineral Family: Pink Opal is a type of Common Opal and a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Opals come 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. Pink Opal gets its color from Iron oxides.
Formation: 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.
Mining: 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.
Enhancements: Lab created Precious Opals are available in the fine gemstone market. Common Opals, by contrast, are almost certain to be fully natural, regardless of the shade of color, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Peppermint Candy Stone
History of 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 which 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.
There are numerous myths associated with Opal, many of which are gruesome. According to one legend, Opal was created when the Storm God grew angry and jealous at the Rainbow God. The Storm God shattered the Rainbow God with his lightning, and cast his body down to the earth in a million little pieces. When the pieces landed, they petrified and turned into Precious Opals, which still sparkle with a rainbow of colors. In another story, Opals were formed by the Norse smith-god Volömer, who stole children’s eyes and used them to fashion the pretty gems.
Some of the stories associated with Opal appear to trace back to an allegory in Plato’s Republic (380 BCE). Once upon a time, a poor shepherd named Gydes from the kingdom of Lydia left his home in search of adventure. During his journey, Gydes survived an earthquake and saw a chasm opened up in the Earth. He went inside and saw a corpse wearing a ring with a precious stone. He stole the ring and returned to Lydia. He soon discovered that the stone could be manipulated to make the wearer invisible. He used the ring to sneak into the bedchamber of the Queen and make love to her, and then later killed the king. The Queen married Gydes and elevated him to the throne, and the two lived happily ever after. The purpose of this story in the Republic was to ponder whether or not an intelligent person would behave morally if they had no fear of being caught or punished for any misdeeds. While Plato did not name the stone specifically, later historians agree that that the stone was an Opal. Opal was widely believed to be able to confer invisibility and was also nicknamed, the patronus furum, or “Protector of Thieves”.
Despite these unsettling stories, during the ancient and medieval period Opal was seen as a symbol of hope and purity. In one of the myths of Orpheus, the legendary Greek musician, Opal was described as “the delight of the immortals.” During the Roman Era it was sometimes referred to as cupid paederos, or “Cupid’s Stone” because of it’s bright color and flashing fire, as well as how it inspired love in all who beheld it.
During the nineteenth century, Opal became associated with bad luck, an idea which may have first been promoted by the jewelry industry as an explanation for why Opals fracture so easily, even when treated with care. As proof, the jewelry industry nodded towards a novel by Sir Walter Scott, Anne of Geierstein, (1829), in which an enchanted princess named Hermione wore an Opal in her hair, which mimicked her moods with its flashing colors. She married a man she loved and bore him a daughter. But when it came time for the christening, a drop of Holy Water splashed on the Opal, turning it into a dull pebble and sending Hermione into a coma. The next morning Hermione’s body was gone, only the dull pebble and a pile of ashes remained.
However, the reputation of Opal as a symbol of bad luck may also have been related to the Spanish Royal Family. During the summer of 1885, King Alfronzo XII (1857-1885) died during an outbreak of cholera. His mother, sister, and sister in-law also died. Queen Maria Christina (1858-1929) believed that these deaths were due to a “fatal gem,” an Opal that the King had given to her on their wedding day. She had the Opal made into a necklace, and hung it around the neck of the statue of the Virgin of Almudena, the female patron saint of Madrid. No more deaths rocked the royal family, and the Opal necklace remains in place to this day.
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.”
Ethically Sourced Pink Opal
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Export/Import company are located in the same country.
This Pink Opal is from a small mine in the Andes of Peru.
The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Pink Opal was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.
The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.
It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Safe Handling of Opal
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Pink Opal
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Pink
- Polish: Shiny and smooth
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Irregular shapes
- Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight is 0.2 oz / 5.5 g / 28 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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