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A whitish coloured precious gem displaying an intense play of colours. Opal stone is called "doodhiya pathar" in Urdu but is commonly referred to as Opal even by Urdu speakers. Opal stone prices in Pakistan vary depending on its origin, cut, size and colour.
Australia produces more than 90% of the world's precious opals and the rest come from different parts of the world such as Indonesia, Mexico, USA, Ethiopia, Brazil and the Czech Republic. Coober Pedy is a southern city of Australia that is called the Opal Capital of the World as 90% of precious opals come from there. Australian Opal is the most valuable and expensive, Ethiopian Opal comes second. Mexican Opal that comes from Mexico is extremely transparent or translucent due to containing more water. There are some types of opal that are even rarer than most diamonds hence are more valuable than most precious gems. Common types are White, Black, Fire, Boulder, Blue and Pink.
Opal is called the stone of good fortune and was worn or carried as a good luck charm or a talisman in Roman times. It is associated with passion, love, eroticism and desire. Wearing it increases one's seductive prowess and rids them of inhibitions. It will also give you emotional intelligence and help stabilize your emotions. Opal is also thought to bring faithfulness and loyalty. As with all precious gems such as neelam, feroza, topaz, yaqoot, aqeeq, blue sapphire, diamonds etc, before planning to buy an original opal stone jewellery, consult a learned Astrologer. They are experts who can tell you whether any gem will suit you or will prove to be dangerous.
Opal naturally occurs as transparent or in white, black, orange, purple, yellow, blue, brown, green, pink and red colours and it also and transparent. While the red opal is the rarest and the most sought after, black opal is the most valuable and white opal is the least valuable of all opal colours. Opal gems that display a play of colours are called Precious Opals and single coloured are called Common Opals. The most common colour is the White Opal that exudes a play of pastel colours. Black Opal reflects green, grey, purple and blue tones. The transparent type called the Crystal Opal displays a sparkling vivid rainbow of colours and the Fire Opal that is also translucent exudes beautiful sparks of bright red, orange and yellow.
Tourmaline and Opal are the birthstones of people born in October. Both stones come in endless colours and shapes. Opal looks dazzlingly beautiful when studded in silver, platinum or white gold. Real opal can be used in rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings or bracelets.
The beauty of the opal is its ability to glow in the dark and showcase a mesmerizing play of colours. The darker it is around the stone, the more vivid and dazzling opal's glow will be. To preserve the colour of opal, avoid exposure to heat and direct sunlight.