From a historical viewpoint, Opals were first discovered in Ethiopia around 4000 BC, they have been used for about 6000 years. The oldest Opal relic was found in a cave in Kenya, this is how it was dated. The mining of Opals took off around 1880, once their value was recognized. The name is from ancient Greek and Latin languages, which both mean “to perceive a colour change”. Legends say that Romans coveted Opals, Mark Antony banished a Senator for refusing to sell him an Opal. He collected Opals for Queen Cleopatra.
Australian Boulder Opal is an extremely rare and precious opal that is opaque to clear with flashes of rainbow colours. It is found only in Queensland Australia. It is a bigger Opal than the Ethiopian and makes great pendants. The Bolder Opal is never faceted by jewellers, instead they are hand shaped into rounded forms, making them more resistant from breakage. Bolder Opals are among the most expensive opals on the market! They can run to $3500. per carat! The Ironstone in this Opal enhances the play of colours and opalescence. Sometimes, the Bolder Opal shows circular veins of vegetation, of plants or trees. Some believe it to be a form of Petrified Wood. However, they originate from Ironstone.
Australian Boulder Opal has a solid and refined energy that is grounding, yet balances all the Chakras and clears the Aura, enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. An excellent gemstone to use for meditation, it unplugs the mind and allows counsel with higher beings. Boulder Opal link your conscious and subconscious, representing clear communication, clarity, and understanding.
Emotionally, boulder opals are great calming stones for phobias, anxiety, and panic attacks. Assists in releasing anger, and expressing one's true self. Increases feelings of self-worth.
Physically, opals are known for promoting eye and liver health, as well as fertility health. They’re known to assist with PMS, menopause, and childbirth. Opal strengthens memory.
Opals should be cleaned gently with mild dish soap in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth, but should never be soaked. Avoid chemicals and cleaners.
Chakra: All Zodiac: Scorpio Vibrational Number: 4 Mohs Scale: 5.5-6.5
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