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Natural Black Opals and Opal Jewelry from Australia

History of Opal

History of Opal History of Opal

History of Opal


Opal got its name from the greek word "Opalus" which meant "to see a change in color." Opals were first made popular by the Romans and opal in these ancient times came from Cernowitz (Vorosvagas), a mountainous region in
Hungary, now part of Slovakia where hundreds of men mined the stone. Hungarian opal is a milky (white) type of opal, far inferior in quality compared to Australian opals in fire and brilliance. I have personally visited the region where the Hungarian opal was mined and was able to buy a few pieces of this opal from local people who still enter these ancient mines deep inside the mountain. The Romans considered opal to be a symbol of hope, an appropriate attribute for a gem with a rainbow locked within it. The Arabs believed opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning, thus acquiring their fiery colors.

Hungarian Opal


An example of Hungarian Opal seen on this image, found in the 17th century in Hungary, measuring 130mm x 70 mm x 70 mm and weighing 594 gramms. Displayed in the Museum of Natural History Vienna, Austria.
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