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Candy Opal Cabochons

This colorful striped semi precious gemstone is Candy Opal and it is found in western Utah, in the Thomas Mountain Range near the city of Milford in Beaver County. It is also known as Bacon Opal and several other names. The gemstone cabochons are slightly translucent (usually in the clear bands!) and have red, white, pink and yellow stripes.

Opal that is mostly opaque, with no play of color, is actually quite common. Opal is a hydrated silica material and it has a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5. The name Opal comes from the Latin word opalus which means "precious stone".

Metaphysical Properties: Common Opal is said to be a calming stone that will help you relax.