Fire Opals the good luck stone
Opals, also known as ‘the Queen of Gems,’ are one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world and it is highly treasured in human history. The word Opal comes from a Latin word ‘Opalus’, and also a Greek word ‘Opallios’ meaning ‘Precious Stone’.
The history of Opal dates back to the middle ages. Its history originated from Africa after a famous anthropologist Louis Leakey discovered opal artifacts in a Kenyan cave.
These artifacts were believed to date back 4000B.C. and said to likely come from Ethiopia. Ethiopia is another African country that borders Kenya in East Africa.
Over the years as man began to modernize, Opals, like many gemstones became a symbol of wealth and prestige.
Opal was considered a stone of great luck and good fortune. This is because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone due to the fact that it has the colour spectrum of all gemstones.
During the Roman times, opal was highly valued and established as a precious gemstone. The Romans got their supplies from traders in the Middle East. They often regard the opal as a combination of the beauty of all precious stones. They ranked opal second only to emeralds, and were fascinated about the gem. They carried opal as a good luck charm or talisman because it was believed it has a feature of the rainbow. It is believed opal brought its owner good fortune.
Opal was later found in South Australia and New South Wales in the late 1880s. The gem later came to the world market in 1890. Today, opal is the national gemstone of Australia. Australia produces 80% of the world’s supply. Before the emergence of Australian opal on the world market, opal was primarily sourced in Hungary and South America.
Subsequently in revenge, the Hungarian Opal miners claimed that the Australian opal was not genuine because of its extraordinary brilliant colours. The Australian opal was also the target of a smear campaign by the diamond industry at the turn of the 20th century attempting to label opal as bad luck as it turned it was only bad luck for the diamond industry.
The Australian Aborigines have special affiliation to opals. They call it the “Rainbow Serpent”. They believe “The Creator took the colours of the rainbow, and put them into stone to make opal”.
Many cultures also believe opal enhances psychic abilities. Opal has many historical references, for example Shakespeare referred to the gem as “a miracle” and the “Queen of Gems”.
The Victorians and the Elizabethans rated opal as highly as the diamond because of its brilliant colours, sparkles and its ‘flashes of fire’. Indeed, opal is a lucky stone.
Opal has played an important role in the classification of human demographics. It was the jewel of the elite few.
Famous opal lovers
Mark Antony and Cleopatra, when they ruled the known world.
John Davison Rockefeller had a famous collection of opal claiming they give him inspiration he was at the time the world’s richest man.
In history, Opals have been mentioned and worn by some of the most influential figures that ever lived. For example, the ancient Greek Theophrastus (in 372-287 B.C.E.), quoting his friend Onomacritus, said: “the delicacy of the opal reminds me of a loving and beautiful child”.
Opal is found among crowns of Kings and among many principalities over human history. For example, refined specimens of opal were added to the crown jewels of France, and the Holy Roman Emperor’s crown contained an opal stone. Queen Victoria was widely known to absolutely adored opals. She had many collections and wore them throughout her reign. Even to this present time, many royals and heads of state own and wear the gorgeous gem.
The good luck continues
The discovery of Australis Fire opal can only be described as “good Luck” read the prospectors story to find out how luck played a huge part in the discovery of brilliant Australian fire opal.