Can anyone tell me about pink Peruvian Opal?
I have a commission for a “grandmother’s” bracelet that will contain
17 natural gemstones when completed, two of which will represent
October birthdays. I have some precious opal in a little corked
bottle full of water which I got on a trip to Mexico years ago - but
most are very plain fire opals, or little pieces of opal embedded in
small stones, or sad milky little cabs. None of it is really of the
quality I’d prefer for this piece (it was more of a souvenir
purchase at the time). But I have several different shapes, sizes and
quality of pink opal beads in my stone drawers and was wondering if
pink Peruvian opal would apply for this purpose? I also have some
small pink tourmaline beads, which is the alternative "modern"
birthstone for this month; but the various sizes of the pink opal I
have are more in keeping with the design I’ve been working on.
I’d like to ask the customer what she thinks, but before I do, I’d
like to know what you all think. My Google surfing hasn’t turned up
any site that disputes that Peruvian Opal is, in fact, an opal; but
I’d like to be able to present a choice to the customer with a little
more clarity. My copy of Gemstones of the World has a couple pages on
opals… precious opals, fire opals and common opals… but nowhere
does it mention the Peruvian variety. Has anyone ever used a Peruvian
opal to represent an October birthday??
This is a bracelet that will probably run around $200 or more once
it’s finished. I don’t mind being… unorthodox… in the least; but I
would prefer to avoid a birthstone “faux pas” if I can.
Many thanks for any comments, opinions, and/or suggestions : )