Opal is a white-colored translucent semi-precious gemstone. This silicate family member mineral is known for its wonderful play of iridescent colors. Opal is the national gem of Australia. It is an economical substitute for precious Diamond. Opal is renowned for fetching success, status, sound health, and matrimonial harmony.
Ruled by the planet of love, Venus, Opal is the birthstone for Zodiac sign Libra and is considered highly auspicious for the people born in the month of October. In the wide gemstone arena, it is deliberated as the most colorful gemstone. Arising in a number of colors like red, yellow, green, slate, blue, and purple, Opal gemstone is most common in white, pink, black, olive, grey, and brown shades.
WHAT DOES OPAL MEAN? Opal had derived its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Opala’ or उपल or ‘upala’ which means ‘jewel’. Along with other gemstones, opal came into existence during the late Victorian era. In the Hindi language, Opal also means Upal, which represents the planet Venus.
|Color: ||Red and Black are the rarest opals. Blue, Green, white and yellow colors are also highly desirable.|
|Worn ||Worn as a pendant or as a ring in the middle or ring finger of the right (working) hand, with the Opal touching the body.|
|Day: ||Opal should be worn on Friday morning of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) with proper rituals procedure.|
|Metal: ||Yellow gold with its warm tones makes a great combination with the powerful notes of the natural ruby |
|Zodiac Sign: || |
Primarily, Opal is the birthstone for Libra and Taurus Zodiac sign.
|Mantra & Chanting Times: || |
While wearing Om Shum Shukraya Namaha (ॐ शुं शुक्राय नमः) should be chanted for 108 times.
WHO SHOULD WEAR OPAL STONE?
Opal is associated with Venus, the planet of love and luxury. Therefore, it grants the benefits of Venus to its wearer.
Indian astrology prescribes an Opal gem for Libra (Tula) and Taurus (Vrishabha) Zodiac signs. On the other hand, western astrology assigns Opal as the birthstone for the month of October and recommends it for the Libra sign. However, it can also be worn by the ascendants of Aquarius, Capricorn, Virgo, and Gemini zodiac signs or by people born in other months simply for its beauty.
Opal is comparatively affordable than a Diamond and holds similar kinds of astrological benefits as a Diamond does. For those who believe in the mystical astrological benefits of a gemstone, Opal can be a blessing for them. It is a beneficial stone that is wrapped in the blanket of beauty and metaphysical properties that helps an individual to cope up with the tough situations of life. According to Indian Vedic astrology, an opal gemstone blesses its wearer with a blissful matrimonial life and improved social status. This beautiful gemstone carries numerous mystical advantages on the mental, physical, social, and financial life of the wearer.
A blissful marriage
As per Hindu Vedas, the weak placement of the planet Venus in one’s horoscope can lead to disagreement and conflicts in the married life of the native. It may sometimes turn into separation also. Milky Opal gemstone is worn to stimulate trust, love, commitment, harmony, and mutual understanding in matrimonial life. It also helps couples to get rid of all the marital issues and achieve marital bliss. For people who aren’t able to find their perfect partner, opal is thought to be helpful in finding a suitable match.
Triumph in Creative Ventures
Since opal gemstone is aligned with the planet of creativity and innovations, Venus, it is considered highly beneficial for those people who are looking out for a career in the same industry. A natural opal is also helpful to the individuals who are facing a lack of inspiration, creative blocks, and insecurities in their personal or professional life. Besides spacing out the creative energies to gain better outputs, wearing a white opal also gives an extra push to the artistic expressions of the wearer.
- Improve Social and Financial Status
The royal planet Venus represents luxuries and worldly longings and being the associated gemstone, opal is best known for improving the social and financial status of an individual. Opal is linked with Sahasrara Chakra that connects a person with prosperity and universal awareness. Astrologers strongly believe in an Opal rattan not only for elevating the financial conditions but also for maintaining the luxurious lifestyle and social status of the native.
- Betterment of Health and emotional stage
Quality is essential when choosing a natural ruby because of its value and the power the gem exudes. Rarer than its cousin the natural blue sapphire, a ruby requires very specific conditions with the presence of Chromium for a gem to form. Certification that supports a ruby often adds value to the gem as it provides an insight into the history and origins of the piece. At Navratan, each gemstone comes with a free third party certificate giving a clearer understanding of the gemstone.
Color: Different origins offering differences in color intensities. Natural rubies with the most desirable color have a pure red or slightly purplish red color with vivid saturation. More commercial or mass produced pieces come with heat-treated colors often with orangey to purplish, brownish reds.
Clarity: Natural gems come with internal features, they are compared to the fingerprint of an individual, unique and separating each from the other. These features offer the gemologist enough scope to determine the origins of the gem. From crystals, silk, and liquid inclusions, when cut and faceted with foresight, inclusions can lend to the beauty and brightness of the gemstone. Gems with an eye clean appearance demand the highest values.
Cut: Cut is essential as it can make or break the color of the natural ruby. Pleochroic in nature, (rubies are purplish-red in one direction and orangey-red in another) cutters must carefully fashion the gemstone to maximize an even color giving a rich, regular red hue.
Treatments: Being one of the most expensive gems known to man, the Ruby is often treated and can go unnoticed. It is important to understand the gemstone you are investing in and ask the correct questions about the history of the gem contributing to a fair price. Natural, unheated gems tend to demand top values, whereas heat treatments, although accepted by the industry, must be disclosed along with clarity enhancements like glass filling and diffusion that in turn lower the price of the gemstone.
Natural rubies have a passionate red that undoubtedly makes a bold statement. Once set in jewelry these resilient gemstones are an ideal fit with a lustrous appearance. Their strong nature at 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness keeps the gemstone free from daily wear and tear.
The location a gemstone is mined from plays a big role in determining the color of the ruby. Marble deposits in Myanmar reveal some of the best, most desirable rubies that sport a vivid fluorescent red color. Thai rubies make up a big portion of the gemstones on the market today, tend to be darker and are mined from a basalt rock contributing to their darker tones. Mozambique and other African rubies come with a nice even color forming in amphibolites that lend less internal cracks and fissures.
DID YOU KNOW
Natural rubies also have Iron present within which reduces the desirable red fluorescence seen in the gemstone by making it appear darker.
The price of any gemstone depends upon its quality. The same is the case with opal gemstone. The price of an Opal depends on various numerous factors like its play-of-color, carat, clarity, shape, origin, treatment, pattern, intensity, brightness, and transparency level. However, as opal owes high popularity in the Indian and international market, its price sometimes also gets affected by the demand and supply cycle.
Note – In general, Opal ranges from approx. $4 per carat (Rs 250) to $75 (Rs 5,000) or above, subject to several factors outlined below:-
|Origin: || |
Though opals are found in various locations like Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Hungary, Sudan, and the United States of America, Australian opals are the most recognized ones. They are widely popular for their rich bright hue and fire-pattern. Ethiopian opals are the second most desired variety of opal, which is next followed by Mexico. Mexican opals are known for their transparent to translucent reddish-orange appearance. Being the most sought-after origin, Australian opal fetches a premium range of $10 to $80 per carat approx. i.e., Rs 700 to Rs 5,600. Whereas, the second preferred quality, Ethiopian opal ranges slightly lower at $8 to $30 per carat or Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 approx. Owing to the unique and bright orange hue, Mexican fire opals are also priced well.
|Color: || |
Color is among the most influential factors in determining the value of an opal gemstone. The degree of brightness in shade is the standard to judge the Opal. A radiant opal in intense color always commands a higher value in comparison to a dull-colored stone even with a colorful flash and definite pattern that brings only an average price. Although, black, blue, pink, orange, and green opals also exist; a pure white opal gem with fire is considered most desirable in astrological uses. On the other hand, opals with dusky shades like blue, black, and green are equally prized as they demonstrate a perfect play-of-color over a dark background.
|Brightness & Pattern of Fire Intensity: || |
The pattern is basically an arrangement of color that has a huge impact on the value of an opal gemstone. In Opals, besides color, brightness and consistency collectively influence the overall worth. The more intense and broad is the pattern, the higher is the cost of opal. The existence of a fire pattern is what draws a fine line between a precious and a regular Opal. A blend of bright, brilliant, broad, and consistent colorful flashes is rare and hence considered precious and more expensive than a small plain opal, which displays a pin fire pattern. The presence of a faint and dull hue reduces the value of an opal in a market. A white opal with strong fire costs somewhere around $ 70 approx. i.e., Rs 5,000 per carat while a plain white opal value lies approx. $7 per carat i.e., Rs 500. For an outstanding play of color and excessive rarity, Australian Black Opals are highly valued. Though plain common opals are more affordable, when it comes to astrology, it is comparatively less effective.
|Clarity & Transparency: ||In general, the level of transparency and inclusions defines the clarity of an opal. For translucent opals like black, white, or boulder, the presence of natural eye-visible inclusions, such as blemishes, dendrites, webbing, pits, sand particles, dead spots, potch strand, or healed fractures, becomes a reason for a drastic decrease in the price. The cost of a crystal transparent opal is relatively more. |
|Shape and Treatment: || |
An opal rough is usually cut and polished into an oval cabochon’s shape. It is often recommended to avoid buying a gem with too high or too flat dome since it can be vulnerable in customized pieces of jewelry. Opals with cabochons cut and perfect domes generally display the best fire when seen from different viewing angles. Precious opals are commonly found and preferred into round, oval, and pear shapes. In addition to the regular cuts, the cost of an opal increases with special cuts like marquis, heart, or rectangle. On the other hand, Markets are full of cheap, sugar-smoke treated fracture-filled opals. Henceforth, it is extremely important to rely upon a trusted dealer or online store for buying real Opals at the best price.
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Caring for your natural Opal is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath.
A safe way to clean your Opal jewelry is:
- Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin
- In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft bristled toothbrush
- In the bowl, rinse with clean water
- Wipe dry
Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset.
Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.
Jewelry pieces set with enamel and kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.
+Is there any difference between Australian and Ethiopian opal..?
Yes, there is a major difference between the two in terms of quality. Australian Opals come in a rich bright hue with colorful fire flashes that remain forever. In contrast, the firebase in Ethiopian opals is slightly unstable and comparatively less intense.
As Ethiopian Opals are hydrophane in nature, they absorb moisture and lose their fire quickly during humid periods. Therefore, it is always suggested to buy the best quality Australian opals to maintain the charm and ensure the maximum astrological benefits.
+What is the difference between an Opal with Fire and an Opal with double side fire..?
In general, Opals are being categorized on the basis of the intensity and extent of fire they hold. A double-sided opal has a strong fire extending throughout its surface and is visible from both the side and all angles. An opal with fire exhibits more prominent play-of-colors on the upper surface and less on the inner surface.
However, both these variants of opal are considered worthy in the astrological drive, but as the lower side of any gem directly touches the wearer’s skin; an opal with double side fire is considered better.
+Does the color of fire have any planetary influence?
Yes, Opal is the gemstone for the planet Venus and according to the astrologers, the color & intensity of the fire affect the metaphysical attributes of an opal gemstone. The color of fire shows dominance in the flashes and is more likely to deliver benefits of the associated planet.
For instance, a prominent red color represents more fire, and the aligned opal harnesses the energies of the sun whereas a dominant blue flash provides the positive energies of the planet Saturn. Although, opals that hold a complete spectrum of colors in the fire are considered the best from the astrological perspective.
+ How much should my Ruby weigh?
Rubies used in astrology are usually 3 carats (5 rattis) or more. Based on the wearer, the weight of a Vedic gem is often calculated by an astrologer.
+ What is the ideal carat weight for a Blue Sapphire?
Blue Sapphires used for astrological healing should be above 3 carats or 5 rattis. This amplifies the gems restorative qualities.
+ How should I know the price I am paying for my Ruby is correct?
Understanding the factors that affect the price of the gemstone can give you a clearer picture. Origin, size, beauty and luster all contribute to an expensive gemstone that can be priced anywhere from INR 150,000 - 200,000 per carat. As opposed to a more commercial gem that could weigh much more, priced anywhere between INR 10,000 - 15,000 per carat.