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The earliest known opal jewelry artifacts uncovered in a cave in Kenya by famous anthropologist Louis Leakey were said to have dated back to about 4000 B wczesniejsze emerytury. C wczesniejsze emerytury. , and were most likely originated from Ethiopia wczesniejsze emerytury. History shows that the discovery and cultivation of the opal stone was important to the prestige and power of several ancient civilizations wczesniejsze emerytury. As early humans continued to unearth various new and rare gemstones from the caves and crevices in which they were deposited hundreds of years before, they soon learned how to work them into decorative shapes wczesniejsze emerytury. Once the craft of shaping opal jewelry was mastered, these mysteriously illuminating gems were rendered priceless, and revered for symbolizing great power and wealth wczesniejsze emerytury. What is Opal?The modern name for the opal gem is derived from the Latin word “Opalus,” meaning: “to see a color change wczesniejsze emerytury. ” Scientifically, opal is an amorphous mineraloid comprised of water and a rich mix of silica composites wczesniejsze emerytury. Opal jewelry may range anywhere in color from white or grey, to black wczesniejsze emerytury. Black opals are the most valuable and widely known type of opal, because the rainbow of colors that the opal stone omits appears much more vibrant when standing-out against the backdrop of a darker stone wczesniejsze emerytury. Black opals are unique and very expensive wczesniejsze emerytury. This is because they can only be found in one location in all of the world wczesniejsze emerytury. The place is called Lightning Ridge, and it is in Northern New South Wales wczesniejsze emerytury. This miners’ dream is home to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of precious black opal stones—stone’s whose net worth value can be priced at such exponential rates as up to $15,000 per carat wczesniejsze emerytury. Where does Opal come from?Since the late 19th Century, Australia has been the number one country in opal export and production, contributing more than ninety percent of the global output wczesniejsze emerytury. Opal of differing qualities occurs in over twenty other countries, and is particularly indigenous to Zambia, Ethiopia, Peru, Indonesia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Brazil, and Mexico wczesniejsze emerytury. What makes Opal Jewelry so Special?Opal, whose colors changed with every shift of light, was rarer than pearls and diamonds, and destined to be the most common gem to be associated with the reflection of one’s innermost desires and dreams wczesniejsze emerytury. Early races believed that the opal stone possessed mystical energies that would enable its wearer to see the future wczesniejsze emerytury. Opal jewelry is said to carry within it an innate sense of magic, and obtain the powers of prophetic insight and understanding for its wearer wczesniejsze emerytury. Opal’s beautifully reflecting and ever-changing spectral hues were believed to be a powerful and potent charm which allowed one to let go of their inhibitions and encouraged spontaneity wczesniejsze emerytury. Opal jewelry is also rumored to aid in obtaining clarity wczesniejsze emerytury. The opal, which looks different at every angle from which the stone is viewed, is said to have the power to amplify and mirror internal feelings, buried emotions, and desires wczesniejsze emerytury. According to ancient Arabian folklore, the opal stone descended from heaven in powerful flashes of lightning wczesniejsze emerytury. To the Romans, opal was considered to be a token of hope and one of purity wczesniejsze emerytury. Colors of Opal JewelryThe truly unique thing about opal is that it displays all the colors of the color spectrum in a so-called “play of color,” that results from the diffraction of light when passing through the tiny silica spheres that exist deep within the infrastructure of the opal wczesniejsze emerytury. This means that the rainbow colors on the surface of the stone will move and change dramatically when you shift and rotate the stone in the palm of your hand wczesniejsze emerytury. The value of each individual opal varies greatly in accordance with several different factors which determine its worth: such as body tone (or backdrop color), play of color, colors present, brilliance, pattern, shape, size, and cut of stone wczesniejsze emerytury. Generally, black opal jewelry is the most highly coveted form of opal wczesniejsze emerytury. The lighter gray and whiter body tones are more abundant in nature, and slightly less thrilling to the naked eye wczesniejsze emerytury. The Opal and MagicIn the middle ages, the opal was known as the “eye stone,” because it was believed to have a magical power which would help its wearer have sharper eyesight wczesniejsze emerytury. Blonde women were known to collect as many pieces of opal jewelry as they could muster, because the opal was believed to contain within it the power to magically keep blonde hair from losing its luster and bright golden color wczesniejsze emerytury. Some cultures thought that the elaborate and illuminating colors of the opal, when reflected directly into a persons eyes, would render them invisible to that person wczesniejsze emerytury. Thus, it was believed that an opal charm, when used properly, could give its owner mystical disappearing powers wczesniejsze emerytury. The Opal and DesireLegend has it that one ancient Roman emperor offered to trade an entire third of his vast empire for a single opal wczesniejsze emerytury. Cleopatra’s famous lover Mark Antony loved opal wczesniejsze emerytury. Legend says that he so deeply coveted an opal owned by Roman Senator Nonius for his beloved Cleopatra, that he had the Senator banished after he refused to sell his precious almond-sized stone, which was valued at over $80,000 wczesniejsze emerytury. Some Legendary OpalsThe “Aurora Australis”Found in 1938 at Lightning Ridge, the “Aurora Australis” is the world’s most valuable black opal wczesniejsze emerytury. With its dominant red, green, and deep blue hues, this 3’ by 1 wczesniejsze emerytury. 8’ inch 180 carat stone is more than just a pleasure to look at wczesniejsze emerytury. Dug out from an old seabed encrusted deep within the ocean core, this rare beauty sports a distinct impression of a starfish fossil on its underside wczesniejsze emerytury. Just last year, this prize opal gem was valued at $1,000,000 wczesniejsze emerytury. It is named after the northern lights wczesniejsze emerytury. The “Fire Queen”Discovered in 1906 by a man named Chalie Dunstan, the 900 carat “Fire Queen” is the largest opal to date wczesniejsze emerytury. This fiery red-hued giant opal was given to the Chicago Museum in 1928, and then in the 1940’s, was sold to the highly acclaimed heir to an oil fortune, J wczesniejsze emerytury. D wczesniejsze emerytury. Rockefeller wished for it to be a part of his prestigious family collection wczesniejsze emerytury. As for Charlie Dunstan, rumor has it that right after he sold the “Fire Queen,” he got drunk and ‘lost’ two of its big-sized sister stones wczesniejsze emerytury. In 1910, shortly after the stones had been lost, Dunstan was found dead wczesniejsze emerytury. It was said that he committed suicide after the loss of his precious stones wczesniejsze emerytury. Natalie IngerOpal Jewelry


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