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Shiny Pink Peruvian Opal Fancy Drop Nuggets
Price is per 16-inch string of these beautiful beads. All are different size and shape, but average largest in the string measures about 13mm x 10mm x 5mm, drilled ready to thread . There are about 62 beads in a string . Hole size is 0.8mm.
The name Opal could have came from many places. In Greek opallios, translates as colour change, and to the ancient Romans opalus, was a stone from several elements. Pliny, a Roman author, wrote that opal combines the sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire.
Fine opals shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colours called "opalising" Most opal has this play of colours except Common Opal, a name give to all others, like Pink Opal. Because demand outstrips supply, fine opalizing opal is very very expensive, so is sold in individual beads for hundreds of US dollars each. Therefore, the type of opal common in necklaces, and for sale on this auction, is non-opalizing opal, usually pink opal from Peru.
Due to 2 to 6% water, opals easily become brittle and if stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, they will show fissures and the play of colour will fade. Therefore, Opal jewellery should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer. In earlier days opal¿s sensitive surface was oiled, but today they are sealed with clear resin.