What are the myths and tales associated with the Opal

  November 30, 2016
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Nobody could have described the Opal as charmingly, and as poetically, as a Roman Historian named Pliny did! He suggested that it owed its superb perfection to the blending of red, purple and green colours. The brilliant red was similar to that of the carbuncle, while the shining purple was similar to that of the amethyst. The sea green hues were akin to those seen in emeralds. Yet, this same gemstones has been awarded more of a bad name than a good name throughout the ages.

In Ancient Times, it was believed that wizards and witches used black Opal to promote black magic.

During Medieval times, people avoided the “evil eye”, that is, the Opal. In fact, they felt that it had a superficial resemblance to the optical organs of creatures associated with the devil, such as snakes, cats, toads, etc. Even royalty shunned it.

The world blamed this gemstone for the Black Plague that occurred in the 14th century, as well as the fall of monarchies, occurrence of famine and the advent of pestilence in the 18th and 19th centuries. Apparently, buy Opal online the hues lasted only as long as the wearer remained in good health; they faded after the individual’s death.

Now, there is a story associated with the bad luck brought about virtue of the wearer’s association with the Opal. A Spanish ruler named Alfonzo XII (19th century) proclaimed to love a charming aristocrat named Comtesse de Castiglione but wed another princess named Mercedes, instead. The spurned women decided to get even and sent across a large-sized gold ring embedded with a mesmerising Opal. Princess Mercedes wore the ring for two months before she died under mysterious circumstances. Thereafter, the ring passed on to Alfonzo’s grandmother, sister and sister-in-law. Surprisingly, each wearer died of a weird disease soon after donning the ring. An extremely depressed king then decided to end his life with the aid of the same . It finally found its way to the neck of a saint’s statue. Of course, Spain was stricken with cholera at that time and this could have been the cause of all the mysterious deaths. However, everybody preferred to blame this gemstone!

What are the facts associated with Opal gemstone?

For instance, several European poets and writers claimed its marvellously curative effect on children affected by evil influences, eyes afflicted by diseases, mending of broken relationships, etc.

Then again, Queen Victoria loved it tremendously and promoted its beauty throughout her reign.

The Romans deemed it a symbol of purity, hope, love and good fortune. The Opal gemstone was akin to a talisman. They kept it on their person always.

Hollywood’s female actors adore the opal gemstone for its splendid beauty. It is part of their jewellery collections.

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