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Is Opal a bad luck stone?

Is opal a bad luck stone?

A story was once relayed to me about opal being a bad luck stone, it goes like this.

Queen Victoria loved opals so much, she adorned herself with many beautiful opals from Australia. As many people of the day followed the trends of the queen, others began to purchase and wear these beautiful colourful gemstones. This was an ever increasing threat to the other gemstones and in particular the diamond merchants, one of whom marketed and controlled the majority of the worldwide supply of diamonds. The diamond merchant approached Queen Victoria and said that her love for opal was impacting on their trade. Her reply to that was simply "well that is bad luck for you". The diamonds merchants then used her saying to their advantage, spreading the rumour that opal was a bd luck stone. Other nationalities including the Chinese have considered the opal as a precious good luck gemstone.

The word opal is derived from the Latin word 'opalus' which translates as gemstone. Opal was considered to be the king of gemstones as it had all the colours of the rainbow in one stone.