Greetings, fellow metalsmiths! Just returned from a 400 mile drive to
Minneapolis to do a nice little show there (Fiber/Metal), and the
color up there along highway 94 could make you cry.Meanwhile, I have
a question I hope someone will feel like answering. A student of mine
brought a stone to class that was sold to her as “Andean opal”. Now,
I’m no stone authority, but I never heard of Andean opal, and the
stone looked to me like a blue moonstone–very pretty, maybe 3
carats, pale blue oval cab, slightly cloudy, typical moonstone
irridescence. She paid $15 a carat. So, what do you think it is? Was
she ripped off? Is there such a thing as Andean opal? If it is a blue
moonstone, is it worth that price? It is, as I said, quite pretty.
I’m also wondering whether it will be ok in a ring.Thanks, to all of
you for all the wonderful give and take! --Noelp.s.–Judith K.-if
you’re reading, drop me an email!