Opal is a hydrous silicon dioxide mineraloid (it has no crystalline structure, and between 10% to 20% water content). There are 2 groups of Opal: Precious Opal (play of colour) and Common Opal (no play of colour). Light diffracts into a spectrum of colours through ordered micro-silica spheres within Precious Opal. There are over 60 named variety of Opal making identification difficult.
Dendritic Opal or Moss Opal is the name given to any Opal included with tree or fern like silicates or manganese oxides.
Merlinite is a trade name for Opalised white Chalcedony included with Psilomelane (Romanechite).
Dendritic Opal promotes spiritual growth.
Merlinite is said to be the stone of alchemists, Shamans, Wizards and magicians. Merlinite supports all forms of ritual, providing a portal to the axis mundi.
Merlinite provides connect to infinite knowledge and ancient wisdom. Merlinite can access past or future lives and activate remote viewing.
Merlinite assists emotional detachment.
Photo: Dendritic Opal
Dendritic Opal helps treat blood circulatory disorders.
Merlinite assists regulate insulin production and function.
Merlinite can be used to treat pneumonia and balance mucus functioning.
Merlinite can help treat skin inflammatory dysfunctions.
generally white with black inclusions
massive, botryoidal, reniform, stalactitic, nodular, as veins, in crusts, pseudomorphs after other minerals, fossils, organic matter such as wood, shell, and bone
SiO2 - nH2O
4.5 to 6.5
vitreous, transparent to translucent
Bandfire, Black, Boulder, Cherry, Fire, Gold, Harlequin, Pineapple, White +++
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