綻放璀璨琉璃的光芒

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The opal is unique to Aus­tralia and it is con­sid­ered one of the top ten gem­stones in the world. In Greece, the opal is known as the “gem of hope.” The word "opal" orig­i­nates from the Latin term opalus, mean­ing pre­cious stone. Aus­tralia is ar­guably the main sup­plier of opals, ac­count­ing for the ma­jor­ity of the world’s sup­ply, mak­ing it Aus­tralia’s na­tional gem­stone.

根據澳原住民的傳說,澳寶中璀璨琉璃般的色彩是彩虹落入地球時創造出的。早在公元前 250 年,古羅馬帝國認為澳寶象徵著好運,同時視其為希望和純潔,是丘比特之子的化身。

澳寶是動物骨、木頭和貝殼經過千萬年的演變、相融而成,其價值從幾十元至幾十萬不等。而價值高低取決於其圖案和顏色,深色價值高於淺色,但其中細細區分,還有一番學問和講究。

Ac­cord­ing to the indige­nous Aus­tralians, opals were cre­ated when a rain­bow fell onto the Earth. As early as 250 B.C., the Ro­man Em­pire con­sid­ered the opal a sym­bol of good luck, hope and pu­rity. and they be­lieved that the gem was the em­bod­i­ment of Cupid’s son.

In fact, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Opal Cut­ters ebook, opals are formed when wa­ter runs through the earth and col­lects sil­ica from sand­stone. This sil­ica-rich so­lu­tion then runs through cracks and voids caused by nat­u­ral faults and de­com­pos­ing fos­sils. The wa­ter even­tu­ally evap­o­rates, and the de­posits har­den form­ing the com­mon opal, or in rare cir­cum­stances, the pre­cious opal. The opal’s value is de­pen­dent on its type, bril­liance, pat­tern, colour, body tone, size, faults and the cut and pol­ish of the stone, among other fac­tors. In value, these “rain­bow pieces” can fetch any­thing from AUD $10 to $100,000.

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