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OPALS

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Precious Opal

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Fire Opal

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Black Opal

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     The Opal is a gemstone of magnificent beauty. The word Opal comes from the Sanskirt word upala, the Greek word opallois and the Latin word opalus, meaning “precious stone” or "seeing jewel" (Shelby and Wikipedia, 2007). These fine Opals seem to reflect the sheer beauty of  nature in its true elements; fire, lightning, the colours of the rainbow and the silky texture of the ocean (Gem by Gem).  There are a number of fine Opals each expressing what experts describe as opalising, the sheer shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colours (Gem by Gem). However, opals such as the Fire Opal that do not show this beautiful play on colours are merely named Common Opals (Gem by Gem). Opal variations are nearly unlimited from a Boulder Opal, a Dark or Black Opal,  a Milk or Crystal Opal and many more (Gem by Gem).

 

 



 

Geological Significance    Where Opal's Are Found    Way Cool Facts   Works Cited