Friday, October 4, 2013

Opal History & Lore ~

Opal History and Lore

Opal is thought to have been discovered as long as 4,000 years ago, and myths and lore abound in practically all cultures.  The ancient Greeks thought opal to be the tears of Zeus and prised it as highly as diamonds.  They believed opal gave the gift of foresight and prophecy, which would ensure the owner success in war, business and life. The ancient Romans wore opal as a symbol of hope and purity and believed it could cure illness.  In ancient India, opal was referred to as the Goddess of the Rainbow, turned to stone.  Ancient Arab cultures believed opal had fallen from the sky and that the play of colour was trapped lightning.  According to Arab lore, opal could make the wearer invisible.  The ancient Australian aborigines, however, envisaged a more sinister origin.  They thought opal to be half serpent and half devil, and that the brightly coloured fire within was an attempt to lure them into the devil's lair.

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