Opal stones are always incredible to see, and this one is no exception. This is a Boulder Opal that's known as the Rainbow Tree from Queensland, Australia and it's pretty amazing. Boulder Opals are a variety of Opal found in cracks or as coatings in and around ironstone and sandstone boulders. The Rainbow Tree is probably the most beautiful of Opals and is found in Queensland, Australia. It is the only Opal that can display the entire rainbow within one stone.
Opal stones are quite pricey, with the price depending on factors such as color, pattern, body tone, brightness, shape, inclusions (flaws), which Opal field it came from, natural or treated, origin, and demand. Opal is mainly found in Australia in Lightning Ridge as well as in Coober Pedy, Mintabie, and Andamooka. Once categorized, Opals are sold at price per carat or weight. This means that Opal costs can vary from about $10 per carat to approximately $6,000 per carat. Australian Opals have a reputation for being the most expensive in the world. The rarest uncut Opal, the Fire of Australia, is valued at a cool $675,000.
Opals can be found around the world, however, the largest supply of Opals comes from Australia. Australian Opals make up about 95 percent of the international supply. Opal ends up having a very kaleidoscopic array of different colors and can look like the northern lights or even like the ocean in some cases. These beautiful iridescent stones are also used in natural therapies.
The energy of Opal stones can help to create harmony and balance in your energy systems and meridians. In massage therapy or reiki, Opal can be placed around or on a person to enhance and balance their energy. Opal has been said to have an energy that can help those who are dealing with infections, fevers, PMS, and birthing.