Did a quick Google, and found Opel was named after the German businessman Adam Opel who founded the company. But is his name a derivation of "opal"? Was there a time when opals were considered good enough to be named after?
https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=opelOpel Name Meaning
German (Saxony): from a short form of Albert or Adalbert.
According to google:It's opals all the way down! But not Opels.
So how did opals get their name? Does it have a bad luck connotation?
I have a theory that Scott is responsible for a great deal of our current legends and folklore. This is more proof!Although fantastical stories of witches and sorcerers strengthening their magical powers with black opals exist, and Medieval Europeans believed opal to resemble the 'Evil Eye', the most popular source of the story that opal is bad luck began with the great 19th century author Sir Walter Scott.
In 1829, Scott wrote a novel called Anne of Geierstein in which a character named the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. According to the story, the Baroness dies when a drop of holy water falls onto the opal and drains the stone of its colour.
My wife liked opals. The engagement ring I bought her had opals on it. Because she never took it off eventually the opals cracked and melted, as they do, so I had it remade in diamonds and sapphires. Whereupon an awful run of bad luck changed. In fact the next few years were great. Then on a business trip to Australia I bought her a set of opal earrings and a pendant. From pretty much that point (with hindsight) everything went pear-shaped. So I won't be buying any future close friend any opal jewellery - not that the opportunity is likely to arise in any case.Care to provide details? Or have you done so on other threads already?
Nope.The De Boers diamond company control pretty much all of the world wide diamond market and control the price in a similar way that OPEC control the price of oil, by limiting the supply, they also had a fantastic marketing campaign 'diamonds are a girls best friend'