Opal is Australia’s national gemstone. It is also the birthstone for October and symbolizes hope. Opal represents the star sign Libra, Aquarius, Pisces and Cancer. Opal is said to enhance intuition, inspiration, imagination, creativity, memory and emotional balance, opal is also said to aid eyesight, lungs, pineal, pituitary glands and the heart.
Opal of gem quality often surpasses diamonds per carat value, solid opal prices have increased 20% per annum on average over the past 20 years.
Opals are easy to care for and are slightly below the strength of a Ruby. Solid opals have a high water content and should be immersed in water once a month and if stored, place with a drop of water in an unsealed plastic bag. (Warning!! This does not apply to non solid opals such as doublets and triplets)