A gemstone with numerous uses, opal is a natural gem. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Upala, which means precious stone. The Goddess of the Rainbow, a virgin, was transformed into an opal by her mother-goddess because she was being chased by suitors. The Ancient Greeks believed this gemstone gave people the gift of prophecy, and they also believed it protected them from disease. Opals have a special ability to help you transform your life. They can help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your unique gifts.