Pink Opal - Information about the stone and jewellery
Pink Opal is a natural gemstone that comes from only one place in the world and
that place in Peru. This pretty stone does not have the "play of colour"
that most people associate with precious opals.
For Opal to have the flashes of colour a series of events need to occur during
its formation so that the tiny silica spheres that make up Opal have aligned
so that the spheres are uniformed and form a dimensional structure grid (imagine
how ballbearings would look in a bucket).
When there is no alignment of uniform silica spheres it is still considered
Opal (or Opalite) but there is no flash of colour and therefore called common
Opal or what most people in the opal industry would 'potch' - 95% of the opal
found in Australia is common opal.
The Opal that we are talking about here is know locally as "pink andean
opal" and is actually silicified palygorskite.
It does have a minor amount of silica (opal) so this is why it is known to us
as Pink Opal - For marketing purpuses it sounds nicer than palygorskite :-).
- Here is a picutre of the stone in it rough
- There are 4 names that the stone is known by, the other 3 names are angelskin
opal, Pink Andes Opal and Andean opal.
- The blue opal that comes from the same region is colored naturally by chrysocolla
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Location: There is a Copper mine in the far northern Arequipa Area of Peru,
outside the mine is the source of the pink "Andean opal".
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