What does jewelry and wearing of gemstones for you? Do you have specific desires, wishes or dreams that you connect to it? Memories of beautiful and exciting experiences? Or you’re mostly about expressing your own style, individually to be and maybe bring a “good taste” to the expression?
Probably go when choosing your jewelry by color and appearance, material and price. But maybe also the importance that is attributed to a gemstone, for you a playing role (such as healing effect, birthstone, birthstone…)? Especially if you want to give away the piece of jewelry? Below we have gathered a few interesting meanings for you traditionally ascribed to certain materials and precious stones.
Because the meanings vary by culture and region, we can offer you at this point only excerpts. We for the following 10 types of precious stones decided, that we would like to introduce in a series: aquamarine, diamond, Garnet, jade, Opal, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and turquoise.
Part 4: Opal – the fire of the desert
Origin of the name
“Opal” is derived from the Latin word “OPA”, which derives in turn from the Greek “opallios”. The name means “a change see Opal”. There are still other potential deriving from the Greek: from ‘ophtalmios’ (Augenstein).
The structure of the Opal is unique – so unique that in our language specific terms have developed for their special effects of the refraction of light. Two examples: “opalescence” – this is the occurrence of color flashes, which change depending on the viewing angle and that occur only when opals. Or also the “opalescence”, a reddish bluish shimmer that is produced by the diffraction of light.
There are opals in many varieties, even without colors, as for example, when the Mexican fire opal or also in the yellow and Green Opal. There are also half-black and black opals. Especially the white opal or “light Opal” is especially popular. This gemstone is white in color and translucent. The Welo-Opal, however, lit in neon colors and with many patterns on a white or occasionally yellowish body color.
The original source of the name opal is probably a Word from the ancient Indian: “upala” (precious stone). It is believed that the Romans involved opals from India. For them, he symbolized hope and purity. According to the belief in ancient Greece, opals embodied the powers of foresight and prophecy. In Arabia it was assumed that opals with lightning from the sky fell, therefore they should protect against lightning strikes and envelop the wearer in a “cloak of invisibility”. In South Australia, the tribes of the region of Andamooka combined their creation myths with the opal. The opal was her ‘fire of the desert’ and was created by its creator. Allegedly, this had touched rock during his journey on the Earth, he took on a big rainbow, and turned them into radiant opal with a colors of of rainbow of.
Worn as a talisman, the opal is to give its wearer beauty, success and happiness. It stands for the truth and to spread joy and serenity. The OPAL will cause in particular the strengthening of the eyes as well as the activation and strengthening of sex organs. Curative effects attributed to the bright Opal in particular should be in particular the strengthening of the digestive tract, as well as stimulating cell renewal.
However, the strengthening of the cardiovascular system, as well as prevention and protection are granted the Boulder – and Bouldermatrixopal against vascular calcification. The black opal will also protect against malignant cell changes, ulcers, and growths and prevent inflammation of the liver. The awarding of a mystical force will also he awarded, which ensures that his carrier prouder and more confident goes through life. The loneliness and the fear of the night thus lose its horrors.