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Black Ethiopian Opal Faceted Flat Ovals
- Black Ethiopian Opal Faceted Flat Ovals
- Strand Length: 17"
- Bead Size: 5mm to 11mm
- The gemstone Opal is the official October Birthstone.
Opal is related to Quartz, although it is much softer due to its high water content. As light enters the Opal, it bends around the edges of tiny particles of hydrated silica, "chips" of silicon and oxygen suspended in water within the stone. When it is diffracted, the light that is made up of all visible colors, each with its own wavelength, produces an entire rainbow of colors. They can internally display virtually any color, and Opals with the most “fire” are the most valuable. Diffraction can cause flashes of any color of the rainbow (opalescent).
Australia produces 97% of the world’s Opals, although the reddish-orange “fire” Opals are mined in Mexico. The name Opal was probably derived from Sanskrit "upala", meaning "valuable stone". This was most likely the root for the Greek term "opallios", which translates as "color change". In the days of Roman antiquity there existed a so-called "opalus", or a "stone from several elements".
- Common folklore rumors Opals may increase intuition, enhance clairvoyance, and reveal the truth.
- The Stayish Black Opal Mine, active since 2013, is located in the Wollo province of Northern Ethiopia. Like the White Opal, the Black Opal is found at the contact zone between the volcanic rock series and the underlying clay-rich layer.
Ethiopian opals are often less expensive than Australian Opals, mainly because they are newly found and attempting to thrive in a competitive market. They remain a customer favorite and it's easy to see why: they dazzle, sparkle, and mesmerize for a good price.
Ethiopian Opal Metaphysical Properties are believed to be an Emotional Intensifier, enhancing the True Nature of those who wear it. Some say it strengthens the Will to Live and shields the wearer Against Negativity, burning off Karma.
Sold by the strand. Price is for ONE STRAND ONLY
Origin is Ethiopia