AAAA+ Grade Natural Pink Opal Cabochon, Size 36X19X4.5 MM, Jewellery Making, Loose Semi Precious, Pendant Stone, Opal Suppliers, Cabs, 4218
Product Code : 4218
Stone Name : Natural Pink Opal Gemstone
Size : L-36 x B-19 x H-4.5 MM
Weight : 21 Carats
Shape : Oval
Australia is widely known as the 'Opal Country' and rightly so. However there are some gorgeous opal gems that are not mined in Australia. Pink opal is one of the opals that is mined in Peru and not Australia. Similarly, fire opals are mined in Mexico and to a smaller extent in Brazil. Many gem and jewelry lovers are not even aware that opal gems in pink color exist in their natural form. We are not talking about those pink opals that show color flashes that look like the rainbow. Yes you do get 'pink opal' jewelry with those type of opals but such pink opal gems are fake. So let's talk about the real thing, natural pink opals which are pink right from the moment that they are plucked out of the mines.
Peru is the country where pink opals are mined, the stones are a whitish pink when mined. You could call them a pastel pink, serene and pleasant. Look carefully at the rough pink opal gemstone and you will realize that, there is no color play or color flashes in this natural opal. Pink opals are opaque, the portion towards the center of the rough piece shows more of pink, as you move towards the outer edge of the rough you see increasingly higher shades of white. The important thing is that, these stones are naturally pink and do not have to go through any color treatment to enhance their color. The pink opals that we show you on this page are a nice pink with no black spots or pits. These are handpicked gems, careful selection is done right from the rough assortment stage. The gem cutting experts then make sure that no surface defects pass through the final cut stone. What this means is that, you will find many pink opals with spots or pits but that is not the quality of opals that we deal in.
So it is true that natural pink opals with a good pink color can be found in natural form. Does this mean that all pink opals are not treated or enhanced for color? Sadly this is not true, gem manufacturers make bulk purchases of pink opal rough. Like we mentioned above the center portion generally gives the best color, the rest is low quality pink opal which should not be used to produce jewelry. Low grade pink opals can be cut to beads for the inexpensive bead market. When cutting the pink opal rough, gem manufacturers try to use as much as possible and reduce the weight loss. This means cutting lower quality pink opal too, this can be sold only by treating the stone for color. At Kaisilver we pick the rough directly from the gem miners in Peru and do the cutting inhouse. There is therefore no scope of any treatment or enhancement taking place. We use only those pink opals that have a good pink color, pieces with cracks and pits are rejected. So when you buy pink opal gems or jewelry with pink opal gemstones, make sure that the manufacturer reveals any treatment used to enhance gem color.
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