Mexican Fire Opal Beads
Fire opal is a transparent, intensely colored form of opal that comes in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Mexican fire opal beads do not generally display the play of color that is characteristic of white opal, yet they remain highly prized due to their intense coloration. Today, the fire opal is the national gemstone of Mexico.
Our Mexican fire opal beads are composed of natural Mexican fire opal in vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds embedded in a matrix of red, pink, and cream-colored Rhyolite. Some stones also contain tiny deposits of White Opal that display the characteristic play of color, or “opalescence”, that is commonly associated with opals.
In ancient times, fire opals were admired as symbols of love. The Mayas and Aztecs loved this gemstone and used it in mosaics and for ritualistic purposes. They called it “quetzalitzlipyollitli”, meaning “stone of the bird of paradise”.
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