There are numerous legends and tales around this colorful gemstone, which can be traced back in its origins to an ancient time, an ancient dream time of the all the Australian. It is reported that the creator came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. And at the moment where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow. That was the beautiful story of the opals. The history of Australian opal started from millions of years ago, when parts of Australia were covered by a vast inland sea, and stone sediment was deposited along its shoreline. When the water masses flooded back, they flushed water containing silica into the resulting cavities and niches in the sedimentary rocks, and also the remains of plants and animals were deposited there and then slowly transformed into opal. So basically opals are simply a combination of silica and sea water. Or we can say opals are a gel from silica, with varying percentages of water.
Australia, as the classical Opal country in the world and today is the worldwide most important supplier of fine opals. Over 95 per cent of all opals come from Australian mines. The remaining five per cent are mined in Central and South America in the country of Mexico and Brazil. Recently the stones have also been found in Ethiopia and in the West African country of Mali. The first opal blocks were accidentally found on an Australian at 1849, a place called Tarravilla. The first Opal prospectors started in 1890 at White Cliff mining the Opal rocks. And even today White Cliffs, Lightning Ridge, Andamooka or Coober Peddy is the legendary sites of the Australian Opal fields.
Being an Opal prospector is still not an easy job, although today of course there are some technical equipment mean available, such as trucks or conveyor belts. And still the hope to make the find of a lifetime which will let you live happily ever after attracts many men and women to come to the hot and dusty Australian outback. For ages people have believed in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love. Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries.
Opals are now popularly as a gemstones of producing the high-ended costume jewelry, a good effect as the combination of silver and opals appears a good brilliant and shinny look under the sunlight. This kind of costume jewelry can be shopped at custom silver jewelry online, wholesale jewelry supplier and custom jewelry wholesale. It can be assured that opal costume jewelry will become popular in the costume jewelry field.