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Matrix Opals: History, Symbolism, Meanings & More!
矩陣蛋白石:歷史、象徵、意義等!
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matrix opalMatrix opals are an opal type composed of precious opal distributed throughout its host rock. Some say Marvel’s Infinity War is the most ambitious crossover event in history; you won’t find matrix opals at the box office, but they present an equally stunning crossover of opal and rock!

What is a “matrix” in a gemstone, though?

Nearly all gemstones are formed within the earth, usually in the crevices of rocks. Most gems emerge attached to the rock they formed inside of, their host rock—but if the host rock penetrates the gem, it’s called a matrix.

What matrix is opal found in? Most opals form a matrix with ironstone, sandstone, or claystone, though some have basalt, limestone, quartzite, and rhyolite host rocks.

In this guide, you’ll learn the properties, meanings, and history behind matrix opals! First off, what basics should we know about matrix opal stones?

matrix opal

What Is A Matrix Opal?

Matrix opal is a precious opal distributed throughout its host rock, creating a vein network, filling voids, or cementing spaces between the rock’s grains. The term “type 3 opal” also refers to matrix opal.

Precious opal is an opal that displays play-of-color, iridescent flashes of color throughout the stone. The precious opal in matrix opal has its usual composition: uniform stacks of equally sized, hydrated silica spheres. 

On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, matrix opal ranks 5.5-6.5, slightly higher than the usual 5.5-6 of other opals. This extra strength comes from the host rock. Color-wise, host rocks are usually black, brown, or dark gray.

What is the difference between matrix opal and boulder opal?

boulder matrix opal parcelAbove: Boulder matrix opal

Matrix Opal vs. Boulder Opal

Both varieties primarily from Australia, matrix opal and boulder opal both have precious opal mixed with its host rock. However, there are some key differences:

  • Mixture: Precious opal material appears as patches, seams, or veins in boulder opals. Precious opal in matrix opal forms vein networks, fills voids, or pervades between the rock’s grains.

  • Play-of-Color Distribution: Since precious opal is spread throughout matrix opal more evenly, these gems show more consistent color play throughout, rather than just localized areas like in boulder opal. 

  • Vein Size: Boulder opal has larger precious opal veins, while matrix opal has a network of thin veins.

Despite their differences, the stones can also combine to form boulder matrix opal. Many gemologists define boulder opals by having ironstone—so, boulder matrix opals are matrix opals with an ironstone host rock. You’ll find this variety in Australia’s Yowah fields.

Outside of Australia, where does matrix opal come from? Let’s take a trip through the world’s suppliers.

Matrix Opal Locations

You’ll find matrix opals primarily from Mexico, Honduras, and of course, Australia.

Mexican Matrix Opal 

mexican matrix cantera opal

Mexican matrix opal is Cantera opal, a Mexican fire opal without play-of-color, or precious opal that merges with pinkish-tan rhyolite host rocks. The opal material is often transparent and may be categorized as jelly opal

This opal is somewhat debated as a “real” matrix opal, as its characteristics are closer to boulder opals, but many sellers still classify it as matrix opal.

Honduran Matrix Opal

black honduran matrix opal

Honduras matrix opal usually has an opaque, dark basalt matrix speckled with precious opal throughout. The result is a glittering display of color similar to aventurescence.

Another rarer Honduran matrix opal variety is a seam opal comprising white opal and dark matrix layers crossed by parallel precious opal strips. The precious opal often creates a pinfire pattern. In both Honduran varieties, dark basalt is perfect for displaying bright color flashes.

Australian Matrix Opal

australian andamooka matrix opal

As with most opals, Australia is the number one source for matrix opals. In fact, Australia is known for a specific type called Andamooka matrix opal.

What is Andamooka matrix opal?

Andamooka matrix opal comes from—you guessed it—Andamooka, a South Australia town. Also called “kopi” by local miners, this matrix opal is a fine-grained matrix rock with precious opal grains replacing pale limestone in small patches.

Another Andamooka variety is the rainbow opal matrix, composed of quartzite with precious opal deposited throughout quartzite’s grains. Queensland, Australia, produces matrix opals called yowah nuts, rounded sandstones cracked open to reveal layers of matrix opal inside.

Both Andamooka matrix opal varieties and many Honduran ones have porous host rocks, though rainbow opal matrix is more porous than Andamooka matrix opal. This absorbent quality makes it easier to treat, a property we’ll discuss next! 

matrix opal earrings

Matrix Opal Gemstone Properties

As you know, matrix opal rough can form with different host rocks. Certain rocks also create different conditions for matrix opal formation

For instance, limestone matrix opals can form when opal fills small voids or replaces the soluble limestone after groundwater dissolves some of it. Sandstone, however, is porous, so silica settles between grains to cement the rock together.

rainbow andamooka matrix opal rough

Cut

Initially, a raw matrix opal may look worthless to miners—but all it takes is a skilled lapidarist to bring out the magic hidden inside. 

The lapidarist figures out how to distribute the precious opal and decides the best orientation for displaying its play-of-color. The end result is often a cabochon with a unique, bright face.

48.00 CTS ANDAMOOKA MATRIX OPAL -UNUSUAL PATTERN[SEDA2795]Above: Treated matrix opal

Treatments

After the gem is cut, it may receive treatments to enhance its appearance. Why? Matrix opals are often light-colored. Dark backgrounds on opals are rare and pricey, so treating lighter stones presents a more affordable alternative. Most matrix opals are also porous, making treatment a breeze.

Most treated stones start as untreated Andamooka matrix opal or Honduras matrix opal. There are two common treatments that both darken the body tone:

  1. Smoking: Smoked opals are wrapped in paper, put in a closed container to heat, then let cool and washed. The soot permeates the porous material, darkening the background to enhance color play.

  2. Sugar Treatment: Producing a similar result, sugar treatment involves soaking the stone in sugar water, then soaking it in sulphuric acid to carbonize the sugar and create a coat of dark specks.

Sellers should always identify treatments, usually by marking them as “treated matrix opal.”

Jewelers have practiced sugar treatments on Andamooka matrix opals for roughly 40 years, and that’s just a slice of this stone’s history!

mexican matrix cantera opal ring

Matrix Opal History

Starting with its name, the word “matrix” comes from the Latin mater, meaning “mother,” though archaically, its translation was “uterus.” Ancient Romans used the word “matrix” for female animals or plants used as parents for breeding.  

Today, "matrix" has a few definitions, including “something shaped like a pattern of lines and spaces.” Matrix opals incorporate both meanings, as a geological “womb” for new stones and the resulting opal patterns.

Historians posit that the first discovery of matrix opals occurred with the discovery of Australia’s Andamooka opal fields in 1930. There’s some debate over who made this find, but a detailed letter published in Australian Gems and Crafts Magazine in 1977 claims that well-sinkers Roy Shepherd and Sam Brookes found the first precious opal. They showed it to manager Mr. Foulis, who covertly investigated for more opals until 1933 when news about the opal field spread. 

The world’s current largest matrix opal, found in Southern Australia, weighs 55,000 carats and has an estimated (uncut) value of over $1 million! 

However, reports show dozens of opal deposits in Honduras were mined before Australia began its commercial mining. 

Regardless of the first location, Andamooka opal captivated miners and royalty alike. Known as “The Queen’s Opal,” a 203-ct Andamooka matrix opal was set in a choker and gifted to Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 on her first trip to Australia. 

Beyond royal connotations, what does matrix opal mean now?

matrix opal carving of jaguar

Matrix Opal Meaning & Symbolism

Like all healing gemstones, matrix opal is a gift from Earth that you can use to appreciate your earthly existence while connecting to your spiritual side.

What are the spiritual properties of opal?

All opals symbolize innocence, hope, and love. Rumors have spread about opals bringing bad luck, but opals are actually incredibly lucky and optimistic. Some say matrix opal is the luckiest, most encouraging opal variety. 

Culturally, certain elements of matrix opal characteristics contribute metaphysical meanings. Native Americans harnessed the Earth energy of ironstone, the Water energy of hydrated silica, and the Fire energy of its creation in medicine wheel rituals to contact spirit guides. 

Matrix opal symbolizes new growth, creative freedom, and compassion. The combination of spontaneity and love in the stone’s spiritual properties make it a seductive stone, purportedly attracting desire to its wearer.

That said, how can you use matrix opal metaphysical properties?

mexican matrix cantera opal ring

Matrix Opal Healing Properties

Like its meanings, matrix opal properties for healing are abundant. Generally, the stone intensifies experiences, supports emotional balance, and brings mental clarity so you can clearly see your dreams and pursue them.

Physically, matrix opal helps heal fevers, cleanses the blood, and supports mothers by alleviating childbirth pain and empty-nest syndrome.

Emotionally, the stone can uncover deep, hidden emotions or truths and help you accept them. By providing comfort and resolving despair, you can use matrix opal to face your fears, improve your weaknesses, and recognize your potential.

On the spiritual side, matrix opal’s porous and mirror-like surfaces can allow you to absorb celestial energies and adopt a more reflective perspective. Said to protect while connecting you to cosmic consciousness, the stone is popular for shamanic work, foresight, and manifestation. 

The protective properties tie to chakra work, as matrix opal opens the root chakra. This chakra is the center of grounding, stability, and perseverance. When it’s blocked, you may feel frustrated or on fearful high-alert to danger. Once matrix opal opens the chakra, you can feel safe, centered, and strong. 

matrix opal pendant with diamonds

Break the Mold with Matrix Opal!

Now that you know the unique matrix opal properties, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling awestruck. Just know: “All we’re offering is the truth. Nothing more.” A little dramatic, but we had to throw in a Matrix reference!

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind opal that will turn heads and awaken your spirit, matrix opals are the way to go.

Discover the powerful beauty of matrix opals today!

矩陣蛋白石基質蛋白石是一種蛋白石類型,由分佈在其主岩中的珍貴蛋白石組成。有人說漫威的無限戰爭是歷史上最雄心勃勃的跨界事件;你不會在票房上找到矩陣蛋白石,但它們呈現出同樣令人驚嘆的蛋白石和搖滾的交叉!

但是,寶石中的“矩陣”是什麼?

幾乎所有的寶石都是在地球內部形成的,通常是在岩石的縫隙中。大多數寶石都附著在它們在其內部形成的岩石上,即它們的主岩——但如果主岩穿透寶石,它就被稱為基質。

蛋白石存在於什麼基質中?大多數蛋白石與鐵岩、砂岩或粘土岩形成基質,儘管有些蛋白石含有玄武岩、石灰岩、石英岩和流紋岩主岩。

在本指南中,您將了解矩陣蛋白石背後的屬性、含義和歷史!首先,我們應該了解矩陣蛋白石的哪些基礎知識?

矩陣蛋白石

什麼是矩陣蛋白石?

基質蛋白石是一種珍貴的蛋白石,分佈在其主岩中,形成脈絡網絡、填充空隙或在岩石顆粒之間形成膠結空間。術語“3 型蛋白石”也指基質蛋白石。

珍貴的蛋白石是一種蛋白石,在整個石頭中顯示出遊彩、虹彩閃光。基質蛋白石中的珍貴蛋白石具有其通常的成分:均勻堆疊的大小相同的水合二氧化矽球體。

礦物硬度的莫氏硬度等級上,基質蛋白石排名 5.5-6.5,略高於其他蛋白石通常的 5.5-6。這種額外的力量來自主岩。顏色方面,主岩通常是黑色、棕色或深灰色。

矩陣蛋白石和博爾德蛋白石有什麼區別?

巨石矩陣蛋白石包裹上圖:博爾德矩陣蛋白石

矩陣蛋白石與博爾德蛋白石

這兩個主要來自澳大利亞的品種,基質蛋白石和巨石蛋白石都含有珍貴的蛋白石與其母岩混合。但是,有一些關鍵的區別:

  • 混合物: 珍貴的蛋白石材料在巨石蛋白石中以斑塊、接縫或靜脈的形式出現。基質蛋白石中的珍貴蛋白石形成靜脈網絡,填充空隙,或遍布岩石顆粒之間。

  • 彩分佈:由於珍貴的蛋白石更均勻地分佈在整個矩陣蛋白石中,這些寶石在整個過程中顯示出更一致的顏色變化,而不僅僅是像巨石蛋白石中的局部區域。

  • 靜脈尺寸:巨石蛋白石具有較大的珍貴蛋白石靜脈,而基質蛋白石具有細靜脈網絡。

儘管它們存在差異,但這些石頭也可以結合形成巨石矩陣蛋白石。許多寶石學家通過含有鐵礦石來定義巨石蛋白石 - 因此,巨石基質蛋白石是具有鐵礦石母岩的基質蛋白石。您會在澳大利亞的Yowah地區找到這種品種。

在澳大利亞之外,矩陣蛋白石來自哪裡?讓我們來一趟世界各地的供應商之旅。

矩陣蛋白石位置

您會發現主要來自墨西哥、洪都拉斯,當然還有澳大利亞的基質蛋白石。

墨西哥矩陣蛋白石

墨西哥矩陣 cantera 蛋白石

墨西哥基質蛋白石是Cantera 蛋白石,一種沒有遊彩的墨西哥火蛋白石,或與粉紅色棕褐色流紋岩主岩融合的珍貴蛋白石。蛋白石材料通常是透明的,可以歸類為果凍蛋白石

這種蛋白石在某種程度上被認為是“真正的”矩陣蛋白石,因為它的特徵更接近巨石蛋白石,但許多賣家仍將其歸類為矩陣蛋白石。

洪都拉斯矩陣蛋白石

黑色洪都拉斯矩陣蛋白石

洪都拉斯基質蛋白石通常具有不透明的深色玄武岩基質,整個過程中點綴著珍貴的蛋白石。其結果是一種類似於砂金法的閃閃發光的顏色顯示。

另一種更罕見的洪都拉斯矩陣蛋白石品種是一種接縫蛋白石,包括白色蛋白石和深色矩陣層,由平行的珍貴蛋白石條穿過。珍貴的蛋白石通常會產生一種針火圖案。在洪都拉斯的兩個品種中,深色玄武岩非常適合顯示明亮的色彩閃光。

澳大利亞矩陣蛋白石

澳大利亞 andamooka 矩陣蛋白石

與大多數蛋白石一樣,澳大利亞是基質蛋白石的第一來源。事實上,澳大利亞以一種叫做 Andamooka 矩陣蛋白石的特殊類型而聞名。

什麼是 Andamooka 矩陣蛋白石?

Andamooka 矩陣蛋白石來自——你猜對了——Andamooka,南澳大利亞的一個小鎮。這種基質蛋白石也被當地礦工稱為“kopi”,是一種細粒基質岩石,由珍貴的蛋白石顆粒取代小塊的淺色石灰石。

另一種 Andamooka 品種是彩虹蛋白石基質,由石英岩和沈積在石英岩顆粒中的珍貴蛋白石組成。澳大利亞昆士蘭州生產稱為yowah 堅果的基質蛋白石,圓形砂岩裂開,露出內部的基質蛋白石層。

Andamooka 基質蛋白石品種和許多洪都拉斯品種都有多孔的主岩,儘管彩虹蛋白石基質比 Andamooka 基質蛋白石更多孔。這種吸水性使其更易於處理,我們將在接下來討論這一特性!

矩陣蛋白石耳環

矩陣蛋白石寶石屬性

如您所知,基質蛋白石原石可以與不同的主岩形成。某些岩石也為基質蛋白石的形成創造了不同的條件。

例如,當蛋白石填充小空隙或在地下水溶解部分石灰石後取代可溶性石灰石時,會形成石灰岩基質蛋白石。然而,砂岩是多孔的,因此二氧化矽沉積在顆粒之間以將岩石粘合在一起。

彩虹 andamooka 矩陣蛋白石 粗糙

最初,原始矩陣蛋白石對礦工來說可能一文不值,但只需要一位熟練的寶石學家來發掘隱藏在其中的魔力。

寶石學家弄清楚如何分配珍貴的蛋白石,並決定展示其遊彩的最佳方向。最終的結果通常是具有獨特、明亮面孔的凸圓形

48.00 CTS ANDAMOOKA 矩陣蛋白石-不尋常的圖案 [SEDA2795]上圖:處理過的矩陣蛋白石

治療

寶石被切割後,可能會接受處理以增強其外觀。為什麼?矩陣蛋白石通常是淺色的。蛋白石上的深色背景稀有且價格昂貴,因此處理較輕的寶石是一種更實惠的選擇。大多數基質蛋白石也是多孔的,使處理變得輕而易舉。

大多數經過處理的寶石以未經處理的 Andamooka 基質蛋白石或洪都拉斯基質蛋白石開始。有兩種常見的治療方法都可以使身體色調變暗:

  1. 煙熏煙熏蛋白石用紙包好,放入密閉容器中加熱,然後冷卻並清洗。煙灰滲透到多孔材料中,使背景變暗以增強色彩效果。

  2. 糖處理:產生類似的結果,糖處理包括將石頭浸泡在糖水中,然後將其浸泡在硫酸中以使糖碳化並形成一層黑色斑點。

賣家應始終識別處理方法,通常將其標記為“處理過的基質蛋白石”。

珠寶商對 Andamooka 基質蛋白石進行糖處理已有大約 40 年的歷史,而這只是這塊石頭歷史的一部分!

墨西哥矩陣 cantera 蛋白石戒指

矩陣蛋白石歷史

從它的名字開始,“matrix”這個詞來自拉丁語mater ,意思是“母親”,儘管在古代,它的翻譯是“子宮”。古羅馬人使用“母體”一詞來指代用作繁殖父母的雌性動物或植物。

今天,“矩陣”有一些定義,包括“形狀像線條和空間圖案的東西”。矩陣蛋白石結合了這兩種含義,作為新石頭的地質“子宮”和由此產生的蛋白石圖案。

歷史學家認為,基質蛋白石的首次發現發生在 1930 年澳大利亞安達穆卡蛋白石礦場的發現中。關於是誰發現了這一發現存在一些爭論,但 1977 年澳大利亞寶石和工藝品雜誌上發表的一封詳細信函稱,沈井者羅伊·謝潑德 (Roy Shepherd) Sam Brookes 發現了第一顆珍貴的蛋白石。他們將其展示給經理 Foulis 先生,後者在 1933 年有關蛋白石領域的消息傳開之前,他一直在暗中調查更多的蛋白石。

世界上目前最大的基質蛋白石,發現於澳大利亞南部,重 55,000 克拉,估計(未切割)價值超過 100 萬美元!

然而,報告顯示洪都拉斯的數十個蛋白石礦床是在澳大利亞開始商業開采之前開采的。

無論第一個位置如何,Andamooka 蛋白石都吸引了礦工和皇室成員。一顆 203 克拉的 Andamooka 矩陣蛋白石被稱為“女王的蛋白石”,它被鑲嵌在項鍊中,並於 1954 年首次訪問澳大利亞時送給了伊麗莎白二世女王。

除了皇家內涵,矩陣蛋白石現在意味著什麼?

美洲虎矩陣蛋白石雕刻

矩陣蛋白石的含義和象徵意義

像所有治療寶石一樣,矩陣蛋白石是來自地球的禮物,您可以用它來欣賞您在地球上的存在,同時連接到您的精神面。

蛋白石的精神屬性是什麼?

所有蛋白石都像徵著純真、希望和愛。關於歐泊會帶來厄運的謠言四處流傳,但歐泊實際上非常幸運和樂觀。有人說矩陣蛋白石是最幸運、最令人鼓舞的蛋白石品種。

在文化上,基質蛋白石特徵的某些元素具有形而上學的意義。美洲原住民利用鐵石的地球能量、水合二氧化矽的水能量以及它在藥輪儀式中創造的火能量來聯繫精神嚮導。

矩陣蛋白石像徵著新的成長、創作自由和同情心。石頭精神屬性中的自發性和愛的結合使其成為一種誘人的石頭,據稱可以吸引佩戴者的慾望。

也就是說,您如何使用矩陣蛋白石的形而上學特性?

墨西哥矩陣 cantera 蛋白石戒指

矩陣蛋白石癒合性能

就像它的含義一樣,用於癒合的基質蛋白石特性豐富。一般來說,石頭可以強化體驗,支持情緒平衡,讓頭腦清晰,這樣你就可以清楚地看到自己的夢想並追求它們。

在身體上,基質蛋白石有助於治愈發燒,淨化血液,並通過減輕分娩疼痛和空巢綜合症來支持母親。

在情感上,這塊石頭可以揭示深刻的、隱藏的情感或真相,並幫助你接受它們。通過提供安慰和解決絕望,您可以使用矩陣蛋白石來面對您的恐懼,改善您的弱點,並認識到您的潛力。

在精神方面,矩陣蛋白石的多孔和鏡面表面可以讓您吸收天體能量並採用更具反射性的視角。據說在將您連接到宇宙意識的同時保護,這塊石頭在薩滿工作、遠見和顯化方面很受歡迎。

保護特性與脈輪工作有關,因為矩陣蛋白石會打開根脈輪。這個脈輪是基礎、穩定性和毅力的中心。當它被阻止時,您可能會感到沮喪或對危險保持高度警惕。一旦矩陣蛋白石打開脈輪,您就會感到安全、集中和強壯。

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既然您知道了獨特的矩陣蛋白石特性,我們不會因為感到震驚而責怪您。只要知道:“我們提供的只是真相。而已。”有點戲劇性,但我們必須加入Matrix參考!

如果您正在尋找一種獨一無二的蛋白石,它會引起人們的注意並喚醒您的精神,那麼矩陣蛋白石就是您的最佳選擇。

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