dievca’s Mother told her that opals were “bad luck”. Mom never wore the opal earrings that sat in her jewelry box, in fact they are probably still sitting there…granted dievca’s Mother let her earring holes close many moons ago.
You may have heard that the opals bring bad luck and are evil stones, too. The belief has been around for a long time, all over the world. However, as dievca researched the reason – after buying a gorgeous ring – she learned that opals have a poor reputation due to one man, Sir Walter Scott.
Sir Walter Scott’s bestselling novel, Anne of Geuerstein, written in 1829, was the story of Lady Hermione, who is falsely accused of being a demoness, and dies shortly after a drop of holy water accidentally falls on her opal and destroys its color. The public took this to mean that the author was warning of the bad luck an opal can bring, so they stopped buying the beautiful gemstone. Sir Walter Scott succeeded in destroying the European opal market for almost 50 years. Within months of the novel being published, the opal market crashed and prices were down 50%.
Opal amplifies traits, whether those traits are good or bad, and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It enhances self-worth, confidence and self-esteem, and helps you to understand your full potential. It also brings lightness and spontaneity. The stone is said to help stimulate originality and dynamic creativity, encourages an interest in the arts, and aids in accessing one’s true self. Because the stone is absorbent and reflective, it helps you to pick up thoughts and feelings, amplify them, and return them to their source. It is a karmic stone, it encourages putting out positive emotions and teaches that what you put out comes back to you. The opal is also a representative of justice and harmony, and is a protective stone in dangerous places.