Boldly be your true self without hesitation.
Amplify your most positive personality traits.
Be more sensual, seductive, and passionate.
Take responsibility for your own happiness.
Let Yellow Opal release your inhibitions!
Mineralogy of Yellow Opal
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2 nH2O
Crystal System: Amorphous
Gravity: 1.9 – 2.3
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: Yellow 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.
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.
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 Alfonzo 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.”
Healing Properties of Yellow Opal
Spiritual: Yellow Opal inspires joy and invites us to dance wildly, drunkenly, and sensually with the Divine Beloved! It helps us to be more open-minded and willing to invite all people, both those who are like us and those that are very different, to come to the Divine Party and celebrate together. Yellow Opal asks us to pop our comfort bubbles and instead embrace all the different colorful sides of life. It helps us to find joy in our religious/spiritual life and to support the dogma which makes our hearts glad and lightens our souls. Yellow Opal is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra, Leo, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Water and vibrates to the numbers 2, 8 and 9.
Emotional: Yellow Opal lightens the heart and shares with us its happy and sensual energy. It encourages us to openly embrace our own sexuality and to be accepting of others. It inspires optimistic, happy-go-lucky thoughts and helps us to believe the best of people and to give them the benefit of the doubt when things go wrong. 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. After suffering heartache and romantic disappointments, Yellow Opal can help us to climb back in the saddle and be willing to fall deeply in love all over again. It reminds us that being open to love does NOT have to be mean being open to being hurt. Those are two completely different ideas and Yellow Opal helps us to keep them strictly separate in our emotional body. Yellow Opal helps us to become amazing openhearted lovers and attract wonderful romantic partners and friends.
Mental: Yellow Opal teases us whenever we get too serious and gently reminds us that life is fun and meant to be enjoyed. It encourages us to be more spontaneous, creative, and willing to show our true selves to the world. Yellow Opal actives a keener interest in all areas of the arts, both as creators and as appreciative audience members. It calls in the muse and keeps writer’s block and other artistic blocks at bay. Yellow Opal helps us to make wise financial decisions, saving up for “sunny days” rather than rainy ones, and helping us to realize that money can be used to buy happiness, if we spend it in the right way.
Physical: Yellow Opal is used by metaphysical healers as an all around health-enhancer. It is often used in spa treatments, massages, and other pleasurable physical rites. Yellow Opal can strengthen the will to live when the body or mind is feeling weakened, and is highly recommended for the elderly and anyone suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
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Ethically Sourced Chrysoprase
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
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The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.
This Yellow Opal is from a small mine in Western Australia.
Conditions would be relatively safe for miners.
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This Chrysoprase was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Yellow Opal Healing Stone
Color: Pale yellow. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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