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Peruvian Opal: Beautiful Common Opal from Peru

Pictures of pink and blue Peruvian opal

What is Peruvian Opal?

Some of the world's most beautiful common opal is produced in Peru. Common opal lacks a "play of color" but it can be cut into colorful cabochons. Peruvian opal provides an excellent example.

The blue and pink stone in the photographs at right were cut from rough material mined in Peru. The blue stone is a teardrop-shaped cabochon that is about 13 millimeters by 8 millimeters and weighs 2.3 carats. The pink beads show a range of color and are about 4 millimeters in diameter.

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Blue Peruvian Opal
A beautiful blue cabochon cut from common opal mined in Peru.

Pink Peruvian Opal
Pink and lavender beads cut from common opal mined in Peru. They are about four millimeters in diameter.

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