Opal ( दूधिया पत्थर )
Opal is the astrological gemstone of Venus (Shukra) planet as per Indian Vedic astrology. Venus symbolizes opulence, romance, marriage and worldly desires. It brings financial prosperity, physical well-being and good social status to the wearer.
- Vedic astrology recommends Opal for Libra (Tula) and Taurus (Vrishabha) rashi.
- Ascendants of Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius can also wear Opal.
- Opal is the birthstone for the people born in the month of October.
- Western astrology also recommends Opal birthstone for Libra sign.
|Carat Weight||minimum 1/10th of the wearer’s body weight (in kgs) For example: a person weighing 60 kgs can wear a 6-carat Opal.|
|Color||white Opal with bright colorful fire is most suitable for astrological purposes|
|Metal||silver and white gold are highly recommended|
|Finger||index or ring finger of working hand|
|Day & Time||Friday, morning between 6 AM to 8 AM|
|Mantra||'Om Shum Shukraya Namaha', ॐ शुं शुक्राय नमः|
Opal is the semi-precious gemstone belonging to the silicate mineral family. It is the most preferred astrological gemstone for Venus (Shukra), the planet related to luxury, opulence, romance, marriage and worldly desires. According to astrology, Opal is the stone of richness, charm, beauty and elegance.
Blissful Matrimonial Life- The weak placement of Venus in the horoscope indicates conflicts and disagreement in the native’s married life that might lead to separation. Opal is worn to stimulate love, harmony and mutual understanding between the couple and get rid of the marital issues. It helps to increase the love between husband and wife. This stone also has the power to reduce the pain and sorrow of your love life.
Improved Financial & Social Status- Wearing Opal will not only elevate the financial conditions of the wearer but also maintain their social status and luxurious lifestyle. It makes a person satisfied in his life. It is highly beneficial for people who are working in fields like tourism, travel, exports and imports.
Success in Creative Ventures- Being associated with the planet of creativity and innovation, natural Opal is considered highly beneficial for the individuals facing creative blocks and lack of inspiration. Wearing Opal gives the individual an extra push to their artistic expressions and aligns their creative energies to gain better outputs. People who work in the field of movies, glamor, fashion and fine arts should wear the stone of Venus for achieving success in professional life.
Good Physical & Mental Health- Opal helps people suffering from nightmares, insecurities and restlessness. Opal helps to improve immunity, enhance the function of the urinary system, remove toxins from the body and balance the hormonal secretions in the body. It is a good elixir for bringing brightness to the eyes, renewing skin cells and strengthening the condition of nails & hair.
The quality and value of Opal is evaluated on certain parameters.
Origin- Opal mines are located all over the world. Opals mined in Australia are the best due to their bright base color, superior quality, good durability and colorful fire effect. Having the leadership of world’s Opal production and being the most sought-after origin, Australian Opal draws the most premium in the market. They are also the most beneficial for astrological benefits. The price of Australian Opals range from ₹500 ($7) per carat to ₹10,000 ($150) per carat. Opals mined in Ethiopia and Mexico are also popular but they are not durable and not recommended for astrological purposes.
Color- Opal is available in a wide range of colors like white, pink, blue, black, gray, brown, yellow, red, orange, pink and green. Opal stones are also found in a wide variety. White precious Opal with bright colorful fire is most desired and suitable for astrological and aesthetic purposes. Gemstones with dark body color like black, blue and green are equally valued as they display a perfect play-of-color above a dark background and such premium opals are used in high end fashion jewelry but aren’t preferred for astrological purposes.
‘Play of Color’ i.e. Fire Effect- Fire is flashes of colors on the surface of gemstone. The spectral of colors displayed are usually red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Not all Opal stones display the fire effect. Any color of Opal that displays fire is considered high-quality opal gemstone. Common Opals that lack the fire effect are not recommended for astrological purposes.
Brightness of Fire- Stones with a bright and consistent fire throughout the surface are far more precious and valuable. Stones with dull and less fire are affordable but astrologically less effective.
Fire Pattern- The Fire Pattern is the arrangement of colors on the surface of Opal. Bright and colorful patches of fire are more desired than the pin-point kind of fire. The more intense, broad and colorful the pattern, the higher the price of the stone.
Clarity- Different varieties of Opal stones have a different level of transparency. The value of transparent stones generally reduces due to the presence of a milky or cloudy background. The value of opaque stones reduces due to the presence of eye visible inclusions, pits or blemishes. If there is any crack in the stone then it means that the stone has lost its moisture. Opaque and spotless white stones with fire and without any cracks are the most desirable and valuable.
Cut- Opal stone is generally cut into oval, round and pear shaped cabochons. Opal cabochons with perfect domes display the best fire from different viewing angles. Opal price is higher for customized shapes due to the carat wastage involved in the process.