Pliny the Elder called OPAL the most precious gem because it contained all of the other gemstone colors. Australian aborigines held OPAL sacred because the Creator came to earth on a giant rainbow and where he rested was the first OPAL deposit. Queen Victoria bestowed lavish OPAL jewelry on her friends and family, including Czar Nicholas and the Archduke of Austria who met rather untimely ends. This coupled with difficulty in cutting and other stories created the “bad Luck” opal myth. OPALS are fragile, not “bad luck”, and caution should be taken in the care and wear of this gemstone.