Here at Black Opal Direct, we’ve become a little obsessed with heart-shaped opal and seem to sell them as quickly as we cut them. This image above is our latest – isn’t she beautiful?
One of the most pleasing shapes, the heart-shaped opal, was popularized by the Victorians over a century ago. They loved the shape and embellished it as an expression of romantic love and the human soul. Further back, it has as part of a vision of Saint Margaret Marie Alacoque in the 17th century and has always been a classic representation of the human soul in Christian iconography.
The most intriguing stories come from even further back to 7th Century Cyrene (now in modern Libya). There was a plant called Silphium, which was so important to the economy (it was said that it could cure many maladies, including being a contraceptive) that they put a representation of the seed pod on their currency – as you can see, it’s a heart shape!