Opal

Opal

Opal ( दूधिया पत्थर )

Opal is milky white stone with ‘play of color’ effect called Fire. Opal is liked for its astrological significance & unmatched beauty. Opal brings blissful matrimonial life, luxuries & social stature to wearer.
Who should wear Opal Stone?

Opal Venus (Shukra) planet as vedic astrology. It brings financial prosperity, physical well-being and good social status for the wearer.

  • Indian astrology assigns Opal ratna for Tula (Libra) and Vrishabha (Taurus) rashi.
  • Western astrology recommends opal birthstone for Libra sign.
  • Opal gem can also be worn by the ascendants of Capricorn, Aquarius, Gemini & Virgo.
How to wear Opal gemstone?
Carat Weight Minimum 1/10 of Body weight, like 1 Carat (1.1 Ratti) per 10 Kgs.
Color Minimum 1/10 of Body weight, like 1 Carat (1.1 Ratti) per 10 Kgs.
Metal Silver & white Gold are most preferred metals for Astrological Opal.
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 Benefits

Opal is most preferred astrological gemstone for Venus (Shukra), the planet related to Luxury, opulence, romance, marriage and worldly desires.

The benefits include healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury and personal refinement. Venus also signifies the health and well-being of the wife, and women in general. Also beneficial for companionship & delay in marriage.

For Blissful Matrimonial Life - As Venus According to the Vedas, the weak placement of Venus in the horoscope indicates conflicts and disagreement in the native’s married life that might lead to separation. Milky Opal ratan is worn to stimulate love, harmony and mutual understanding between the couple and get rid of the marital issues.

Improved Financial & Social Status - Venus relates to luxuries and worldly desires. Therefore, astrologers place deep faith in the opal ratan for not just elevating the financial conditions but also in maintaining the social status and luxurious lifestyle.

Success in Creative Ventures - Being associated with the planet of creativity and innovation, the natural opal gemstone is considered highly beneficial for the individuals facing creative blocks, lack of inspiration and insecurities of life. Astrologers strongly believe that wearing white opal benefits in giving an extra push to the artistic expressions and aligns creative energies to gain better outputs.

Opal Quality

The quality of opal depends on its origin, color, brightness & pattern of fire, clarity & Cut.

Origin - Opal comes from Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico & Brazil. Australian opals are best out of all these due to its superior quality & durability.

Color - White Opal with bright colorful fire is most suitable for Astrological purpose. Opal comes in many other colors like pink, Green, orange, blue, black etc. 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 jewellery.

Play of Color (Fire) - Fire is flashes of colors on the surface of gemstone. Fire makes the opal stand out from common plain opals and if the fire is bright & consistent throughout the surface, it makes opal far more precious & valuable. Opal with dull & less fire are affordable but astrologically less effective. The Fire Pattern is the arrangement of colors on the surface of opal. Bright, colorful Patches looks better than the pin point kind of fire.

Clarity & Transparency - The quality & type of inclusions define the clarity of opals.variety of opals like white, Black, Pink, water & Boulder have different level of tranparency. Opaque, Spotless White Fire opal is liked most.

Shape - Fire Opals are mostly cut into Oval & round cabochons to display the best possible play of colors. Opal cabochons with perfect domes display the best fire from different viewing angles.

Durability - Chemically, Opal is hydrated silica SiO2. So, it is heat sensitive stone, gets dehydrated & can build cracks if exposed to excessive heat. Opal is also relatively soft, so should be carefully handled & studded in jewellery.

Opal Stone Price

Opal value in the market largely depends on the origin, color, clarity, play-of-color, shape and carat weight of the gemstone. Due to the popularity of Opal stone in the Indian and international market, Opal cost is also affected by the supply and demand cycle.

Opal stone price in India starts from ₹ 900 per carat ($12 approx.) and can land up to ₹ 10,000 ($130) per carat and above, depending upon quality parameters mentioned below -

Origin - Australian opal being the most sought-after origin, draws a premium in the range of 900 per carat ($12 approx.) and can land up to ₹ 10,000 ($130) per carat and above. Being of slightly lower quality, Ethiopian opal price per carat ranges from ₹ 500 to Rs 2,000 per carat ($5 to $30 approx.). Mexican opal or Mexican fire opal is also priced well because of its bright and unique orange hue.

Color - The degree of brilliance in color is the standard to judge the Opal price. A glowing gem in pure intense hue always commands a higher value. On the other hand, the dull colored Opal stones even with a definite pattern and colorful flashes may bring only an average price.

Fire Intensity & Pattern - In Opals, the number of colors, brightness and consistency in play-of-color collectively influence the Opal’s overall worth. The more intense, broad and colorful is the pattern, higher is the opal cost. White Opal price for stones with strong fire is as high as ₹7,000 ($90) per carat. Whereas a plain White Opal stone price lies just around ₹ 500 per carat ($7 approx.). Australian Black Opal prices are quite high for its outstanding play of color and rarity.

Clarity - The value of transparent opal generally reduces due to the presence of a milky or cloudy background. The cost of crystal opal increases with the rise in the level of transparency. For opaque gems, like white opal and dark black opal, the presence of eye visible inclusions, pits or blemishes reduces the price drastically.

Clarity - The value of transparent opal generally reduces due to the presence of a milky or cloudy background. The cost of crystal opal increases with the rise in the level of transparency. For opaque gems, like white opal and dark black opal, the presence of eye visible inclusions, pits or blemishes reduces the price drastically.

Shape - Opal stone is generally cut into Oval, Round and pear shaped cabochons. Opal price is higher for customized shapes due to the carat wastage involved in the process.

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