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If you are looking for a natural pink stone with a soft, feminine appearance, pink Peruvian opals may be exactly what you are looking for. This unique stone ranges from translucent to opaque and comes in a range of warm pink hues. It is mined exclusively in the Andes Mountains, and it is a beautiful stone for jewelry-making. Pink Peruvian opal beads come in various sizes and styles and can be used to make everything from simple statement necklaces to gorgeous bracelets, bold rings and glamorous earrings.
Before you get started on your next project, here are a few tips for working with pink Peruvian opal beads.
Opals are some of the most unique stones in the world, and they come in a wide assortment of colors. Precious opal, which is found primarily in Australia, is a stone with a vibrant flash of colors inside. While incredibly beautiful, pink Peruvian opal does not feature that rainbow-like play of color, so it is classified as common opal rather than precious.
Made of silica and containing a large percentage of water, opals are delicate and easily damaged. The pink Peruvian stones, however, are much harder than other opals. Other opal types have a score of 5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, but the pink Peruvian variety has a score of 6. Because they are harder, they can be cut into a variety of different shapes. They can be either smooth or faceted and can be made into just about any shape imaginable. The hardness of pink Peruvian opal also means that it is difficult to scratch.
In Roman times, opals were extremely popular. They were seen as powerful talismans, but later became associated with bad luck due to a novel by Sir Walter Scott. They are the birthstone for the month of October, and they are said to bring good luck to those born under the astrological sign of Libra.
Wearing pink Peruvian opal stones while sleeping or meditating is believed to help build compassion in the wearer. This stone is also said to help people who are struggling with difficult emotions and memories. The pink color of this stone is connected to the heart chakra and can help build strong, faithful relationships.
Physically, pink Peruvian opal is said to help with issues involving the heart, lungs, liver and spleen. It also helps soothe irritated skin.
Because pink Peruvian opal can be cut into virtually any shape, it is appropriate for a wide range of jewelry-making projects. Large bezel-set pieces work well for bold statement necklaces, while smaller faceted beads are perfect for more delicate pieces like earrings and bracelets.
This gem looks good with just about any metal; however, silver and rose gold are popular choices. Silver works especially well for highlighting the inclusions that are found in many of these stones. Rose gold coordinates nicely with the stone’s natural pink hue.
When working with pink Peruvian opal, keep in mind that opal is sensitive to high temperatures. It can be damaged when heated, so use extreme care when soldering pieces. Because these stones are largely made of water, they may also be damaged if they get too dry. They should be stored in soft, moist cotton or another material to keep them from drying out and cracking.
Taking proper care of your pink Peruvian opal jewelry helps ensure its longevity. It should be cleaned regularly using warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid chemical cleaners and ultrasonic cleaners as they can damage the stone. Don’t wear in harsh environments.
When you set these pink gems in jewelry, do so carefully to ensure that the stone is adequately protected. Do not store pieces in direct sunlight. Ideally, jewelry containing any type of opal should be stored wrapped in a soft cloth.