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Opal


Opal: 'O-p&l - A mineral that is a
hydrated amorphous silica, softer and
less dense than quartz and typically with
a definite and often marked iridescent
play of colors

Color: a color within itself (opalescent)
Mined: most notably found in Australia,
though opals can be found throughout
the world
Moh's Hardness: 5-6
Birthstone: October (modern
birthstone), April (mystical birthstone)
and October (Ayurvedic birthstone)

Opals are a beautiful form of the mineral
silica, which come in a wide variety of
colors, from white and gray, to red or
black. Their unique ability to play with
color by diffracting light at various
wavelengths give opals their opalescent
color and beauty.



 


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