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"Long, long ago Wangkumara people decided to send a pelican (Muda) to explore Northern Territory, so he could return and tell them what was there. After a time, while still in Queensland, pelican felt ill and landed on top of a hill. While resting, pelican observed ground beneath him, amazed by its magnificent array of colours. Being curious he began to peck at coloured stones with his beak. Suddenly, a spark flew out and lit dry grass nearby. The flames rose and spread across long distances, approaching a group of Wangkumara who were camped near by. The people were able to cook their meat and fish for first time, grateful for this new gift brought by these precious stones".
Throughout history, early cultures credited opal with magical properties, believing it to possess healing properties of all gemstones, due to its multitude of colours.
The ancient Greeks believed opal gave wearer protection from disease and was a sought after gem for its gift of prophecy and foresight. Greek astrologers, mediums and soothsayers also used stone for divination. As well as its mystical significance and psychic vision properties, opal was also thought to aid in digestion, stomach disorder, and to cure all disease associated with eyes. It was believed that when a person was to suffer a minor illness, stone became dull and grey; it would turn a sickly yellow when an injury or accident was about to occur.
Superstitions associated with opal continued throughout Middle Ages, when opal was widely believed to be beneficial to eyesight, while others thought wearing opal would render wearer invisible to eye. It was for this reason thieves held opal in such high regard, using it as their symbol, due to this superstition. Blond haired women wore necklaces of opal to protect their hair from loosing its colour, while opal amulets were worn to attract happiness, love, good fortune and favour.
In 19th century, opal was considered unlucky in Europe, due to plot of a popular novel of time written by Sir Walter Scott, while in Asia it has always been considered to bring loyalty and hope to wearer.
this concludes part 1. In part 2, we discover where opal is mined around world. You will be surprised at some of locations.
I hope you have enjoyed reading part 1 and I look forwrd to your company again in part 2.
best wishes and have a great day
I started Kulpunya Opals several years ago to provide the UK and Europe with a specialist supply of opals.
We import directly from key suppliers in Australia with whom we have developed strong and long-term relationships.