Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica and is not in a crystalline form. The Opal stone belongs to the mineral class of “oxides and hydroxides”. Opal gemstone has derived its name from the Greek word “opalius” which means precious stone. Opal is available in many colours and shades like milky, brown, bluish, colourless, yellow, orange, red, etc.
Opal is regarded as the gemstone of riches, luxuries, charm and beauty. It is associated with the planet Venus which is the significator of all the worldly pleasures, love and affection and companionship. Opals are believed to depict the emotional and psychological nature of a person in the past. Opals are considered to be very powerful in removing debts of a person and bring victory in litigations. It also helps in improving tarnished image in the society.
Opals are found in many places around the world like Australia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Peru, Opal stone is mostly mined in Australia. The minefield at Lightning Ridge, in northern New South Wales is considered to be the source of the best quality Opal. Before the nineteenth century the opals were sourced from Slovakia, however, in the nineteenth century, with the reserves in Australia being discovered, opals became less costlier and regarded as semi precious.
Vedic rashi : Taurus and Libra
Who should wear Opal
It is beneficial to the people who are associated with the travel industry, tourism and hotels. It is also beneficial for the people who are in the export and import business. It must also be worn by the people who have a bad Venus in their chart , but care must be taken so as to wear this gemstone only with the advice of an astrologer because this has many side effects also.
Benefits of Opal
Opal is a significator of loyalty and faithfulness. It enhances these qualities in the wearer. It develops an aura of positive energy around the wearer and enhances the purity of mind and soul.
How to wear Opal?
Opal gemstone is to be worn on any Friday morning of Shukla Paksh (waxing moon) in the middle or ring finger of your right hand. Before wearing an Opal gemstone, it is to be dipped in a mixture of gangajal, curd, honey, tulsi leaves and ghee for 20 minutes to purify it. Before wearing it it is to be charged by chanting the mantra ‘Om Shun Shukraye Namah’ 108 times.
It is worn in white metal like silver or white gold in the form of a ring.
Day and time to wear : Any Friday morning of Shukl paksha (waxing moon)
Finger : middle finger of working hand
Opal gemstones are semi precious and the price ranges between Rs 500/- to Rs 7000/- per carat depending on the quality and origin of the gemstone, with the ones from Australia being costlier.
1. Which origin of opal is better for astrological results ?
Opals of Australian origin are a good choice.
2. When choosing an opal what should I value more – color or origin?
Opal of good quality has a very deep black colour, with the best grade being the one from the Lightning Ridge minefield in Australia.
3. In which finger can I wear Opal?
As per vedic astrology opal ring should be worn on the middle finger of the working hand for best astrological results.
4. What is the relevance of wearing Opal?
Opal enhances the personality of the wearer and improves the image and status in the society.
Quality of Opal
Following are the suggested features that one should consider while buying Opal:-
Australian Opals are considered of the best quality. But if one wishes to go in for a cheaper version then Ethiopian Opals are the option.
Opal of black color are considered of the best quality and beneficial. Opals of other colors are also good but only for the ornamental needs.