More than 90% of the world’s opals come from Australia, but they can be found in other parts of the world as well. Countries where the opal comes from include: Zambia, Brazil, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.
The opal forms from a solution of silicon dioxide and water. They also come in a wide range of colors. From colorless to white, orange, yellow, purple, red, and even blue. Certain opals display different colors when viewed from different directions or when the source of light moves.
And like any other stone, opal has made its own mark in human history. Many cultures around the world linked opals with supernatural occurrences and powers.
Arabic legends claim that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. The Greeks honored the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, with opals. Opal also honors Chirakan-Ixmucane, the Mayan creator goddess; and Dana, the Celtic river goddess.
Due to its ancient connections, opals associate themselves with the mother goddess. This makes them a perfect gift for mothers. And mothers-to-be. And when it comes to chakra healing, the opal can be useful for activating several chakras. This because opals occur in nearly all colors. Each stone’s color energy can be used to stimulate chakras of corresponding colors.
Interestingly, opal in terms of divination means a pleasant twist in horrible situations. Just when you have given up, good luck makes a return appearance.
Over the years, Europeans consider the gem as a symbol of hope, purity, and truth. And they aren’t really wrong.