Let us at first have a look a Opal Jewlery and later on compare it with Pearl Jewelry. The reason why we chose to compare these two to each other should be obvious! So let’s go for it!
Opal jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a opal ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. The Romans believed opal was the symbol of hope and purity. They called it cupid paederos (child as beautiful as love) and thought the wearer safe from disease. The Arabs believed that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning.
Ancient Greeks also believed the opal had the power of giving foresight and the light of prophecy to their owners. Cleopatra is said to have worn an opal to attract the attention of Mark Anthony. Most often the opal is associated with the gift of prophecy.
Birthstone: Opal is the birthstone for Libra: Sep.23 – Oct.22.
Wedding anniversary: Opal is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th and 18th year of marriage.
The name’s origin: Opal takes its name from the Latin word Upala meaning precious stone.
Color: Opal which have a rainbow-like iridescence. Opal is a very fun stone which has many colors. Red Opals are called “Fire opals“. Peruvian Blue Opal and Peruvian Pink Opal lack “fire”, however come in extremely attractive colors.
Enhancement Method: Some opals are treated with oil, wax or resin to enhance their finish. Store opals in water soaked cotton wool to slow loss of water. Opals are sensitive to pressure and blows, as well as heat and chemicals.
Care and treatment: Do not expose this stone to prolonged natural light or to heat as the fire and color will fade.
Healing ability: Opal is said to keep blonde hair from fading with age.
Mystical power: To enhance personal power, wear a black opal. Use fire opals with caution if you are very sensitive to energy, as it may make you jumpy or uncomfortable. It is their belief that the opal represents something an ancestor left behind as a sign of his or her presence.
The Wangkumara people have a legend which tells how their people gained fire from opal stones with the assistance of a Muda – a Creator who switches from human form to pelican. Opals are said to impart bad luck on those who stray in love or attempt to use the power of the stone for selfish or evil purposes.
Deposits: It is found near the earth’s surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once flowed. Southern Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Canada, Honduras, Czechoslovakia and Nevada. All black opals come exclusively from Australia.
Alright, so now let us have a closer look at pearls!
When a foreign irritant is introduced, the oyster immediately surrounds it with layers of a substance called “nacre“. This forms the exquisite gemstone known as pearl. The pearls can be harvested after five to seven years, but can take up to twelve years depending on the size desired. Pearls are characterized by their translucence and lustre and by a delicate play of surface color called orient.
Pearl jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a pearl ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. The more perfect its shape (spherical or droplike) and the deeper its lustre, the greater its value. The surface of a pearl is rough to the touch. Pearls come in a wide range of sizes. Those weighing less than 1/4 grain (1 pearl grain = 50 milligrams = 1/4 carat) are called seed pearls. The largest naturally occurring pearls are the baroque pearls; one such pearl is known to have weighed 1,860 grains.
Birthstone: Pearl is the birthstone for Gemini: May 21 – Jun.20.
Wedding anniversary: Pearl is the anniversary gemstone for the 1st, 3rd, 12th, and 30th year of marriage.
Color: Pearls are white with a touch of grey, to yellowish-grey white, but they may also be steel grey, bronze, blue, green, purple, pink, copper, gold, or luminous black.
Shopping guide: To some extent, the older the pearl, the larger and more valuable it is.
Hardness: 2.5 – 4.5
Care and treatment: Because Pearls are organic gemstones and relatively soft, and porous, they should be worn with care.
Healing ability: Said to relieve indigestion when ground up and drank–however, this is a rather expensive antacid. Thought to increase fertility and ease the pain of childbirth. Perls eliminate emotional imbalances. They help one master the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tract & ulcer problems.
Mystical power: A pearl is the product of an oyster’s defense mechanism. Pearl is said to help one see themselves and help improve self-worth. As an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl symbolizes love, success, and happiness.
In the following video we are going to have a close look at how pears are actually formed:
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