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What does opal mean?
An opal is a gemstone that’s best known for its iridescent, milky-white variety.
Other varieties are black and gray, but it can be almost any color. As a mineral, opal is a form of silica.
Opal gemstones are classified as common or precious. Precious is a label given to certain gemstones that are high in value. Opals labeled precious are typically those that display a high level of iridescence.
Example: The opal pendant had flecks of green, pink, and blue.
Where does opal come from?
The first records of the word opal come from the 1300s. It comes from the Greek opállios, meaning “opal” or “gem.” The word may be related to the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone.”
Opal is an amorphous hydrated silica mineral. The word hydrated indicates that water is a large part of its makeup (up to 20%). Opal is found in igneous rocks, often around hot springs. It is also found in the shells of some marine organisms.
Some opal is synthetic, meaning it is manufactured.
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How is opal used in real life?
Opal is commonly used in jewelry and is known for its iridescent qualities.
— GIA (@GIAnews) October 27, 2017
This 14K rose gold ring has one 4.5mm lab created opal and four small diamonds to give it some sparkle. Add a textured halo, and voilà, You've got the perfect trendy little ring to wear with your favorite outfits! pic.twitter.com/X2p0Ammvyb
— Royal Diadem Jewelers (@royaldiadem) March 5, 2021
…Ah! An opal…! It's my birthstone! That reminds me that I really wanted a new bracelet~. A bracelet with my birth crystal sounds so cool…!
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Precious opal is considered a gemstone, but it does not have a crystalline structure.
How to use opal in a sentence
The rebels then turned their guns on the family huddled in the Opal.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the more positive parts of your personal life is your marriage to Opal Stone Perlman, which has lasted over three decades.
That clock has four faces made of opal, estimated at a value of $10-20 million.
In that case, at least, Little, Brown responded by pulling Opal from the bookshelves.
He owned a 54-ton yacht named the Opal, and attributed the wonderful health he enjoyed to his numerous sea voyages.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
If the collodion is good, the film is semi-transparent, of a bluish opal-like appearance.
He fell asleep, and soon and slowly and ever so dimly the opal light of the prairie dawn crept shyly over the landscape.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The moon, ringed by a halo, shone like an opal in the milk-white sky.The Child of Pleasure|Gabriele D'Annunzio
He was drinking a dose of sal-volatile, and admiring its opal tint.The Napoleon of Notting Hill|Gilbert K. Chesterton