Are you into crystals and natural gemstones? This Beautiful Boulder Opal Called the ‘Rainbow Tree’ From Queensland, Australia will blow your mind.
It’s so amazing to see these natural pieces of crystal, created from the Earth. Some of them thousands of years old, crystallizing and taking form. Crystals are formed by molecules in liquids hardening as they cool. Precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies are formed from magma cooling very slowly and hardening. Diamonds and Quartz crystals are two of the hardest stones known to man, which makes them very useful to use in making tools, like a diamond saw, or sometimes on record needles. Quartz is used in watches too, and you may be able to see the little piece of quartz in your watch. Of course, crystals and precious gems are desirable to craft jewelry out of. We all know that diamonds are one of the most sought after stones you can purchase, and they are quite pricy too because they are so difficult to source.
Opal stones are also up there in price. The price of an opal depends on the type of opal. A white opal wouldn’t be too expensive, but a darker opal is more expensive since it can be harder to find. Australia is where opal is found, in the Lightning Ridge or Mintabie, Coober Pedy and Andamooka. This beautiful crystal consists of silicon dioxide and water mixed together. As the water travels over the sandstone it picks up silica that is naturally found in sandstone and the broken down fossils. When this water evaporates, it leaves behind the pure silica which is what creates the opal. As you can see in the beautiful photo from Amazing Geologist’s Facebook page, opal can be a kaleidoscopic ray of different colours, and can look like the aurora borealis or in this case, an underwater dream world.
Crystals are also used in natural therapy. The properties of a crystal can create harmony and balance in our biological systems and restore health and wellbeing. Of course, crystals are not a replacement for medical care from a doctor, but they can help us in many ways. In natural healing therapies like crystal healing and massage therapy, crystals can be places around or on a person to enhance their energy. People collect crystals to add to their home environments and to wear as jewelry to promote health and vitality. The healing properties of opal that can be used in natural therapy include helping treat infections and fevers, helps with PMS and birthing, it regulates insulin and purifies the blood and improves kidney function. The crystal has also been known to increase creativity and expression, as well as implementing self-worth and self-esteem.
If you live in an area that has a lot of crystal deposits, crystal digging can be one of the fun things to do with kids. Kids tend to love crystals, and becomes enthralled with how they can find these beautiful pieces of treasure in the earth. Kids can also incorporate the natural healing therapies that involve crystals. Many children say that they sleep better when they have a crystal under their pillow, and that they have less bad dreams. It never hurts to try it out, even on yourself. Have a look at this fascinating Rainbow Tree opal and other amazing crystals and stones from the Amazing Geologist, they have quite a spectacular collection that they share on Facebook. If you don’t already have a love for crystals, you may just develop one and desire to start collecting some crystals of your own to treasure and enjoy.