The Ethiopian opal is a natural gemstone that is formed in the world's oldest known deposits, located in Ethiopia. The color of Ethiopian opals ranges from blue to green, pink and yellow. It has earned the name "Ethiopian Opal" because it is found in Ethiopia, but not in Australia or anywhere else in the world.
Here are 3 facts you should know about Opals:
(1) Applying oil or lotion to Ethiopian opal will actually absorb into the stone and discolor the opal and very often this cannot be reversed!
(2) According to Arabic legend, opals fell from the sky in bolts of lightning. Greek mythology stated that opals originated from Zeus' joyful tears after winning the battle against the Titans.
(3) Prolong sunlight exposure is problematic for opals because the stones will dry out and crack due to the heat.
Opals are interesting and beautiful. If you want to buy one, you may consider the origin, types, usages of opals like Ethiopian opal, Black Opal and White Opal.