Blue Peruvian Opal and Turquoise
Designed by Dee in a unique Heart Shaped Setting in fine German sterling Silver. Inlayed bail. Hinged for movement.
12.3 grams, 2″ X 2 1/2″.
The Peruvian opal is a relatively rare gemstone that originates from The Andes in Peru. Its is the color of the Caribbean sea – blues and greens, and translucent. The color does vary depending on how the gemstone has been cut, sometimes it can be a vibrant turquoise blue, and others it can be a clear stone. It also can be a mixture of the two. Peruvian opal is quartz with trapped water and prized for its amazing color. It is referred to as Gem Silica, Andean Opal or Jelly Opal because of its jelly-like appearance.
It lacks the fire or the color play that can be found in the usual Opal.
However, this stone has an iridescent quality to it, especially when viewed in light at the best angle.