Opals have been the muse of artists, writers, and other creatives since what seems like the beginning of time. The exact origin of opal's name is disputed, but historians are confident that in ancient Rome opal was known as opalus which translates as the "precious stone."
Was the opal the ancient Romans admired the same as the one we admire today? No one is sure. However, evidence of opal artifacts date as far back as 4000 B.C.