extraLapis English No. 10: Opal - antiquarisch
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Opal - The Phenomenal Gemstone
Precious opal is a rainbow made tangible. Its spectral blaze of color moves, changes, intensifies, fades or disappears with the slightest change in perspective. Opal's intriguing play of color and unique atomic arrangement have made it the subject of scientific probing from early optics in the early 1850s to high tech photonics today. Equally challenging has been discovering opal's place in history. Its beauty begs to be enshrined in myth and legend when facts are as scarce as the stone itself.
Opal, both precious and common, is found in disparate environments from the unbearable heat of the Australian outback to the higher elevations of the Canadian Rockies, from a centuries-old site in Slovakia to a number of little known places in the American west. An unique assortment of characters collect and mine this equally individual stone, of which no two are exactly alike.
This blazing gem of chemical simplicity – just silica and water – has egnited a complexity of human emotions: a compulsion to mine, the disire to wear, an urge to fashion, the challange to imitate, a need to possess. A natural wearable stone with magical depth, movement, and color, opal is a truely phenomenal gemstone.
Softcover, 112 pages, size: 29.7 x 21 cm;