Opal

Opal

Opal ( दूधिया पत्थर )

Opal is the most colorful gemstone liked for its astrological significance and unmatched beauty. Opal stones exhibit a wonderful ‘play of color’ effect called fire when light enters the stone. Flashing in a thousand shimmering shades, the Opal stone is an enigma of light, purity and mystical play. Associated with Venus, Opal bestows its wearer’s life with professional success, blissful love, happiness and luxuries.

Who should wear Opal Stone?

Opal is the astrological gemstone of Venus (Shukra) planet as per Indian Vedic astrology. Venus symbolizes opulence, romance, marriage and worldly desires. It brings financial prosperity, physical well-being and good social status to the wearer.

  • Vedic astrology recommends Opal for Libra (Tula) and Taurus (Vrishabha) rashi.
  • Ascendants of Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius can also wear Opal.
  • Opal is the birthstone for the people born in the month of October.
  • Western astrology also recommends Opal birthstone for Libra sign.

How to wear Opal astrologically?

Carat Weight

minimum 1/10th of the wearer’s body weight (in kgs)
For example: a person weighing 60 kgs can wear a 6-carat Opal.

Color

white Opal with bright colorful fire is most suitable for astrological purposes

Metal

silver and white gold are highly recommended

Finger

index or ring finger of working hand

Day & Time

Friday, morning between 6 AM to 8 AM

Mantra

'Om Shum Shukraya Namaha', ॐ शुं शुक्राय नमः

Opal Benefits

Opal is the semi-precious gemstone belonging to the silicate mineral family. It is the most preferred astrological gemstone for Venus (Shukra), the planet related to luxury, opulence, romance, marriage and worldly desires. According to astrology, Opal is the stone of richness, charm, beauty and elegance.

  • Blissful Matrimonial Life-

    The weak placement of Venus in the horoscope indicates conflicts and disagreement in the native’s married life that might lead to separation. Opal is worn to stimulate love, harmony and mutual understanding between the couple and get rid of the marital issues. It helps to increase the love between husband and wife. This stone also has the power to reduce the pain and sorrow of your love life.
  • Improved Financial & Social Status-

    Wearing Opal will not only elevate the financial conditions of the wearer but also maintain their social status and luxurious lifestyle. It makes a person satisfied in his life. It is highly beneficial for people who are working in fields like tourism, travel, exports and imports.
  • Success in Creative Ventures-

    Being associated with the planet of creativity and innovation, natural Opal is considered highly beneficial for the individuals facing creative blocks and lack of inspiration. Wearing Opal gives the individual an extra push to their artistic expressions and aligns their creative energies to gain better outputs. People who work in the field of movies, glamor, fashion and fine arts should wear the stone of Venus for achieving success in professional life.
  • Good Physical & Mental Health-

    Opal helps people suffering from nightmares, insecurities and restlessness. Opal helps to improve immunity, enhance the function of the urinary system, remove toxins from the body and balance the hormonal secretions in the body. It is a good elixir for bringing brightness to the eyes, renewing skin cells and strengthening the condition of nails & hair.

Opal Quality & Price

The quality and value of Opal is evaluated on certain parameters.

  • Origin-

    Opal mines are located all over the world. Opals mined in Australia are the best due to their bright base color, superior quality, good durability and colorful fire effect. Having the leadership of world’s Opal production and being the most sought-after origin, Australian Opal draws the most premium in the market. They are also the most beneficial for astrological benefits. The price of Australian Opals range from ₹500 ($7) per carat to ₹10,000 ($150) per carat. Opals mined in Ethiopia and Mexico are also popular but they are not durable and not recommended for astrological purposes.
  • Color-

    Opal is available in a wide range of colors like white, pink, blue, black, gray, brown, yellow, red, orange, pink and green. Opal stones are also found in a wide variety. White precious Opal with bright colorful fire is most desired and suitable for astrological and aesthetic purposes. Gemstones with dark body color like black, blue and green are equally valued as they display a perfect play-of-color above a dark background and such premium opals are used in high end fashion jewelry but aren’t preferred for astrological purposes.
  • ‘Play of Color’ i.e. Fire Effect-

    Fire is flashes of colors on the surface of gemstone. The spectral of colors displayed are usually red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Not all Opal stones display the fire effect. Any color of Opal that displays fire is considered high-quality opal gemstone. Common Opals that lack the fire effect are not recommended for astrological purposes.
  • Brightness of Fire-

    Stones with a bright and consistent fire throughout the surface are far more precious and valuable. Stones with dull and less fire are affordable but astrologically less effective.
  • Fire Pattern-

    The Fire Pattern is the arrangement of colors on the surface of Opal. Bright and colorful patches of fire are more desired than the pin-point kind of fire. The more intense, broad and colorful the pattern, the higher the price of the stone.
  • Clarity-

    Different varieties of Opal stones have a different level of transparency. The value of transparent stones generally reduces due to the presence of a milky or cloudy background. The value of opaque stones reduces due to the presence of eye visible inclusions, pits or blemishes. If there is any crack in the stone then it means that the stone has lost its moisture. Opaque and spotless white stones with fire and without any cracks are the most desirable and valuable.
  • Cut-

    Opal stone is generally cut into oval, round and pear shaped cabochons. Opal cabochons with perfect domes display the best fire from different viewing angles. Opal price is higher for customized shapes due to the carat wastage involved in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Opal

What is the significance of Opal in Vedic astrology?

Opal is the most preferred astrological gemstone for the planet Venus (Shukra) according to Vedic astrology. The planet Venus is related to luxury and relationships. The benefits of Opal include healthier relationships, increase in luxury, enhanced creative potential and personal well-being. It helps the wearer to channelize their potential and energy in the right direction.

Which country produces the best natural Opal?

Australia is an important source of Opal and gemstones mined here are very premium and best in quality. Beyond the far corners of Australia, Opal is also mined in Mexico and Brazil but they are not durable. It is recommended to buy Australian Opals in order to achieve astrological benefits.

What color tone of Opal is recommended for astrological purposes?

White Opal with bright colorful fire is most suitable for astrological purposes. Astrological Opal stones should not have surface cracks and major black inclusions/spots. Gemstones with dark body color are only used in high end fashion jewelry and aren’t preferred for astrological purposes.

What is the 'Play Of Color' (Fire) effect in Opal?

‘Play of Color’ i.e. fire effect is seen in most Opal stones. It refers to the change of colors that is seen in Opal stones when light falls on them. This is due to a scientific phenomenon. Opal is formed of silica spheres and when light is reflected from these spheres, it shows different colors of the spectrum. This is similar to what is done by a prism.

Is Opal an effective substitute for Diamond?

Opal is the best astrological substitute for Diamond and it is as effective as Diamond in terms of harnessing the astrological benefits of Venus. In fact, due to various reasons, people avoid wearing Diamonds for astrological purposes and prefer to wear Opal as an astrological substitute of Diamond.

Why is Opal considered the best stone for Venus?

Venus(Shukra) is is not designated with one planetary stone but three i.e. Diamond, White Sapphire and Opal. Diamond is usually not recommended for astrological purposes due to its high price, astrological dosh due to inclusions, weight restrictions and lack of feasibility. Out of White Sapphire and Opal, Opal is preferred due to its brilliant color, beauty and affordability.

What is the price range of Opal gemstones?

Opal mines are located all over the world but most of the world’s Opal stones come from Australia. Australian Opals are the most sought after for astrological and aesthetic purposes. The price of Australian Opals ranges from ₹500 ($7) per carat to ₹10,000 ($150) per carat.

Opal is the birthstone of which month?

Opal is the primary birthstone for people born in the month of October as per western astrology.

What are the different types of Opal?

There are 3 major types of Opal:
Natural Opal: These are the Opals which are untouched by mankind. They are further classified into precious Opal, common Opal, fire Opal, boulder Opal and matrix Opal.
Doublet Opal: Doublet opals are natural Opals glued to a base of iron, obsidian, potch, basalt, or plastic to make the stone thicker.
Triplet Opal: Triplet Opals are natural/doublet opals that are glued with a transparent cap of quartz or spinel to protect the stone from abrasion and impact.
Doublet and Triplet Opal stones are composite stones and are not recommended for astrological purposes as they are not 100% natural stones. Only natural white colored Opal with a beautiful ‘play of color’ is idle for aesthetic purposes and to get astrological benefits.

Why is Opal used in engagement rings?

The mystical look of soft blazing fire caught within translucent colors makes Opal the most unique choice for engagement rings. They have an unbelievably exquisite look that can’t be compared to anything else. They are one of a kind and an Opal engagement ring gives a touch of modern sparkle. A nice precious Opal can flash every color of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that surpasses the fire of Diamond. Thus, Opal engagement rings are sure to make a powerful statement no matter where you go.

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