Opal

Different beliefs exist in connection to the Opal. The Ancient Greeks believed that this stone represented the tears of the god Zeus and it was therefore extremely highly valued, like diamonds. They believed that this stone gave the power of prediction and prophecy, and that it could provide success in war or any other avenue of life. According to the legend of the Australian Aborigines, the Creator came to earth on a rainbow to bring a message of peace and harmony to humanity. Upon every point of Earth that he stepped, the stones started to come alive with shimmering rainbow colours. It was the birth of Opals. But among the Aborigines there is also a belief that Opals are half-snake half-devil, deceitful with their fiery colours, trying to lure people into the devil’s lair. In contrast, the Romans believed in the healing power of Opals, and they were considered a symbol of hope and purity. In Ancient India it was believed that there was actually a rainbow goddess woven into the Opal stone. The old Arabian culture believed that Opals fell from the sky and that their play of light represented imprisoned lightning. Medieval men believed that Opal brought good fortune, because each stone contained a wide range of colours, like a colours of rainbow traditionally associated to luck. During the Middle Ages this wonderful stone was called Opthalmius or “Eye Stone” because it was believed to strengthen eyesight, and girls with blonde hair wore it to protect their hair from darkening.Read more about Opal magical beliefs

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