It is believed that the Opal is "the Gem of the Gods" and the most powerful of all the gem stones.
Many beliefs conneted with the Opal have emerged over the years. The most prominent beliefs are that it can aid in psychic vision, and that is has the power to open spiritual centers.
The original spelling was "ophal." Some believe that the name was derived from the world "opthalmost," meaning "the eye."
As a result, the opal was said to be closely connected with the belief in the Evil Eye and was used as a protection amulet.