Opal Stone Facts
Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. Opal also contains few trace elements like Fe, Al, Ca, Mg & Na. water percentage is variable in Opal stones. Colors of Opal range from Colorless to Blue, Orange, Red and Green to Black. Few Opals exhibit a distinct phenomenon of Light called Diffraction due to its internal structure. The entering light diffracts into different colors resulting in the appearance of rainbow colors on its surface. This appearance of Rainbow colors is referred to as ‘Play of Color’ effect, also called ‘Fire’ in Opal. This phenomenon is common to Diamonds also. Due to this vivid similarity in optical property, Opal is considered as an alternative stone for the diamond in Indian astrology. White Opal with Fire is worn as an alternative for Diamond as per astrology. Intensity of Fire and Surface Finish defines the quality of Opal. Opal is a softer stone as compared to Sapphire and Emerald. Opal Contains water and any sudden changes in temperature may cause it to crack or fracture.Varieties of Opal
The variety of Natural Opal is determined by its Body Color, Transparency & Optical Phenomenon.
- White Opal- with Play of Color
- Black Opal – with Play of Color
- Water Opal – Transparent Colorless Opal with Play of Color; like play of color in water
- White Opal – without play of color
- Opal Cat’s Ey
- Hardness of Opal on Moh’s Scale: 5.5 – 6.5
- Optical Character of Opal: Isotropic
- Refractive Index (RI) of Opal: 1.44 – 1.47
- Specific Gravity (SG) of Opal: 1.98 – 2.20
- Transparency Level: Translucent to Opaqu
- Visible Optical Phenomenon: Interplay of colors due to diffraction
Quality of Opals is adjudged mainly by its – Body Color, Luster, Surface Finish, Optical effect and Carat Size. ‘Fire’ is the name given to the phenomenon of light; Rainbow colors on its surface, often referred as ‘ the interplay of colors’. Fire adds Life, Beauty and Power to the Opal Stone. An Opal without fire is lifeless and looks like a plain marble. As the Fire increases, the price of Opals increases. The Best source of Opal is Australia. Opal comes in various colors like Red, Blue, Green, white and Black. But White Opal is most desired as the fire complements the white Base Color of Opal. A good Quality cut-&-polished opal should have good Luster on its surface. The Surface of Opal should not have Cracks, Linings or Spots. It is very common to have spots or patches on Opals which brings downs its price. Opal is a softer Stone as compared to other stones; hence check for any chipping or breakage in the stone carefully while buying.
What is the Price of Opal Stone?
As per current Market trend, the price of White Base fire Opal with a good surface finish in the size range of 5 carat should start at around Rs 700 per carat. If you encounter any acceptable quality of opal below this price, you must get cautious and must ask the seller for a reliable Lab Certificate. The demand of Opal has grown faster than any other stone in the last few years. The Rising demand and lack of information has led to the circulation of Synthetic, Treated and Used opals in Market. The Best quality Opal can range up to Rs 25000 per Carat. Always ask for a certificate from a reliable gem testing laboratory to get assured about the quality and authenticity of Opal Stone.
Opal Stone Benefits
Opal is associated with planet ‘Venus’. Diamond is also stone for ‘Venus’. But it is not practical to wear a 5-6 carat diamond due to its high price. Black spots are very common in Diamonds and the Diamonds without black spots command exorbitant price. Opal is an alternate stone for Diamond. Please note that it is NOT a substitute but an alternate to Diamond. It gives better Astrological results than Diamond itself. Venus is a planet for Fame, Wealth, Relationships and comfort in Life. It is also significator for Love, Marriage and Children. Enhancing Venus can put an end to delay in Marriage and Children. Venus also ignites flame of Romance with partner. Strong Venus bestows attractive personality and comfortable life. Wearing Opal gives excellent benefits in the cases of Delayed marriage, Delayed Children, Love affair, intimacy with the partner and Sexual health issues. People suffering from lack of interest in partner should wear it to bring back the lost love in their relationship. Wearing Opal is helpful in case of infertility. Opal is a stone for Fame. People involved in the profession related to Public relationship should wear Opal. It is very effective stone for people in the Field of Business, Acting, Politics, Art and Sales. Opal is birthstone for Month of October.
How to Buy Natural Opal?
Shubh Gems deals in Certified Natural Opals. We are direct importers of Fire Opals from Australian and Ethiopian Mines; hence we are able to provide best quality opals at best wholesale price.We guarantee Natural and untreated gemstones as all our Gemstones are certified by Government registered Laboratory.We also design customized Rings, pendants and Jewelry.
How to Wear Opal Stone?
Opal is a stone for Venus and hence it is worn on Friday. Opal can be worn as Ring or Pendant. Men can wear the Ring in Index finger or Right Hand while women can wear it in the Right or Left hand as per the convenience. Opal is always made in white metal, preferably- Silver. The Stone should be Activated, Energized and cleaned before being worn for the astrological benefit. We, at Shubh Gems, provide activated and Energized opal stones for astrological benefits.
We assist you in wearing Opal stone as per Vedic guidelines and also guide you with the after-care of the Gemstone.
Where to Buy Opal Gemstone?
We specialize in designing customized Opal Rings and Jewelry as per your Choice. Elegant and Stylish Aesthetics lets you enjoy the astrological benefits as well as the beauty of your gemstone ring. For assistance, call us at +91-8010555111 (India) or Visit our exclusive Gemstone store in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, India.
Opal Origin & Sources
The World’s best Opals come from Australia. In fact, Opal is the National Gemstone of Australia. Ethiopian & Mexican opals are also very popular. But Ethiopian Opals are less durable and loses their luster and fire in short duration after regular use. Due to less durability of Ethiopian Opal, they are mostly used for Jewelry purpose. However for Astrological purpose and regular use, Australian Fire Opals are considered the best.
Fake Opal Stones in market
Natural Opals are Beautiful, Rare and hence expensive. However to lure the customer- Look-alike, Synthetic (man made), Doublet and Treated Opal stones are sold in market. It is easy to make look alike of Opals from plastic or low-density Glass. Doublet opals are also common in market. In doublets, two Opals are joined together to form one opal. A high quality Opal skin is pasted on a low quality opal to form a Doublet. Always insist for a certificate from reputed Gemological Laboratory while buying Opal stone. A Reliable certificate must ensure that the Opal is Not Synthetic, Treated or used before.