In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand. Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein in 1829, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation. In Scott's novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott's novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death.Within a year of the publishing of Scott's novel in April 1829, the sale of opals in Europe dropped by 50%, and remained low for the next 20 years or so.
Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw an opal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more, as the opal was believed to embody the evil eye.
- No need to purify.
- Avoid to soak in water for a long time.
- We kindly suggest you to take it off before shower. Crystals do not like hot water.
- Do not recommned to be soaked with salt. Some are good for it, but some are just not. So best to stay off it.
- Avoid constant exposure of strong sunlight. Again, crystals just don't like it hot.
- We do not recommend you to share them with others. Crystals are personal items with the power of memory, usually nothing good will come out of sharing them with others.