Gemstone of the Day for August 31st is Opal

Gemstone of the Day

Opal

(Color: White, colorless, light yellow or red, or gray)

Hardness: 6
Specific Gravity: 2
Chemistry: SiO2∙n(H2O)
Class: Silicates
Crystallography: Amorphous
Cleavage: None
Fracture: Conchoidal
Streak: White
Luster: Vitreous – pearly

Healing: Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory. Opal is said to be helpful for eyesight and Parkinson’s disease. Fire opals (ranging from orange to red) have also been associated with improving circulation. Green opals help give an energy boost.

Workings: Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be “invisible” in situations where they don’t care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change. Opals are also helpful for enhancing dreamwork or assisting spiritual journeys.

Opal can be a very creative stone, especially for writers and those who need to get their thoughts down on paper.

Fire Opal is said to be energizing, giving strength and endurance in stressful times. It is also a great meditation stone.

Chakra Applications: Blue opals can help open up the third eye, soothe the throat chakra, and encourage telepathic communications. Pink opals address emotional issues, offering nourishment and support to the heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Opal is a gemstone and the birthstone for October. Opals can form anywhere but are mostly found in places where there are hot springs. Opal color depends on how pure the stone is. Most stones look white but have an iridescent shining of other colors, too. If they show colors, they are called precious opals.

Source:
Author: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

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