Lucky not Unlucky!
The ownership of so fair an object as a fine Opal must certainly be a source of pleasure and hence add to the good fortune of the owner.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), chivalrous Scottish author of 'Rob Roy' & 'Ivanhoe', who in 1829 published his novel ‘Anne of Geierstein’, in which opal was used brilliantly to reflect the changing fortunes of the heroine. Anne, a socerers daughter, died and her Opal turned ashey grey at once. The subtlety of this metaphor was lost on the literary flunkeys of the time whose careless reading led to a proliferation of damaging reports that opal was possessed of evil influence and an unlucky stone.
Individual stones have been accursed before: the Koh-i-noor, the Hope Diamond, the Arabian Curse - but the whole Opal family was for a time damned out of hand.
Isidore Kozminsky author of ‘The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones’ published in 1921 wrote: “Perhaps against no other gem has bigotry of superstitious ignorance so prevailed as against the wonderful Opal”
During Classical Roman times Opal was worn as a talisman and believed to protect its’ wearer from danger. Throughout the ages, Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity. However to this day one hears superstitious statements regarding Opal such as it should only be worn if it is a gift from another person. The most valid explanation for superstition regarding Opal may well be found in the fact that some lapidaries and gem-setters to whom Opals have been entrusted may have been so unfortunate as to fracture them during the cutting and smithing processes. A lack of basic technical knowledge and inexperience is generally to blame for this. Expert jewellers accept responsibility for, and exercise specialist care when handling any gemstone.
I am Opal, the bearer of good fortune. When the universe was completed, God scraped together the colours on his palette, creating me - a gemstone of mystical, flashing hues. In my presence love abounds and my touch will soothe away sadness and envy.
Ruskin, John (1819-1900) famous art and social critic who authored over 250 works on various topics, including architecture, was extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Ruskin's theories were followed by the Arts & Crafts movement which was dedicated to reform in design and to the dignity of the individual craftsman in reaction to mechanization and mass-production.
In his 'Ethics of the Dust', John Ruskin wrote "place a piece of rock Opal on the table in your workroom and if you examine it sometimes in the sunshine, it will show you the most lovely colors that can be seen in the world."
The Opal is a kind of touchstone whereby the shallow and the arrogant are rebuked, for it hath no charms for them.
Dorothea MacKeller (1885-1968) was just a teenager when she wrote – ‘My Country’ –
a simple evocative poem that has become Australia's unofficial spoken national anthem. Contrary to popular belief the poem was not written in a bout of homesickness on a visit to England. Rather it is a patriotic stance written in annoyance and anger about anti-Australianism and references to the mother country in the well heeled colonial society circles from whence she came.
An Opal hearted country a wilful lavish land, all those who have not loved her you will not understand.
"There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an Opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of the day, so do I." - John Steinbeck from 'Travels with Charley: In Search of America'.
The American writer John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (1902-1968), widely known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Grapes of Wrath', successfully directed on screen by John Ford. Steinbeck produced 27 books and in the space of a decade wrote half a dozen masterpieces of fiction including 'East of Eden' and the novella 'Of Mice and Men'. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1962.
"A house, like an Opal, takes on the colors of the day.” - John Steinbeck from 'The Winter of Our Discontent'.