Collection: Opal

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica (SiO2·nH2O); its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6 and 10%. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt.

There are two broad classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal displays play-of-color (iridescence), common opal does not. Play-of-color is defined as "a pseudochromatic optical effect resulting in flashes of colored light from certain minerals, as they are turned in white light." The internal structure of precious opal causes it to diffract light, resulting in play-of-color. Depending on the conditions in which it formed, opal may be transparent, translucent or opaque and the background color may be white, black or nearly any color of the visual spectrum. Black opal is considered to be the rarest, whereas white, gray and green are the most common.

Opal is a stone of love and gentleness. It brings energies of gentle love and kindness to both romantic relationships and relationships of other kinds. As with other opals, it also brings inspiration, imagination and creativity.

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  • Dendritic Opalite Cab
    Dendritic Opalite Cab - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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  • Dendritic Opalite Cabochon
    Dendritic Opalite Cabochon - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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  • Howardite Cabochon
    Howardite Cabochon Front View - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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  • Peruvian Pink Opal Teardrop Cabochon
    Peruvian Pink Opal Teardrop Cabochon - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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  • Pink Peruvian Opal Cab
    Pink Peruvian Opal Cab - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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  • Pretty Peruvian Pink Opal Cabochon
    Pretty Peruvian Pink Opal Cabochon - Stone Treasures by the Lake
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