Due to the availability of different variety of gemstones occasionally it becomes difficult to identify an original gemstone for the jewelry. As there are several dyes available which can be manipulated to give a new shape to a particular gemstone. Peruvian opal beads are one such variety of beads which of late are being treated and are selling cheaply. If you have read about this gemstone earlier, you will come to know that the origin of this rare gemstone is credited to the Andes in Peru. In ancient times, Peru residents used to relate this gemstone to the Earth goddess named Pachamama, which they considered it as a gift from her. This gemstone is around 60 million years old, and belongs to Cretaceous period, i.e. from the time when dinosaurs roam freely?
When you glance at this gemstone beads, you will find its shades almost similar to blues and greens just like Caribbean Sea. The color of these beads depends upon the way this gemstone has been cut. For example, when the beads are given a required shape after cutting, the color of the bead may depict vibrant turquoise blue, while on other occasion it will look a clear stone at other times, it may be a combination of both, so cutting and designing make all the difference.
Various facts reveal that due to its quartz property it displays trapped water and has been prized according to the amazing color effects. Jewelry collectors know this fact that at times this gemstone contains dark inclusions which resembles like fern plants or dendritic/dendrite. Sometime this gem stone is referred to as Jelly Opal, Andean Opal or Gem Silica as well. Did you know because of its exclusive availability in Peru, this gemstone has become the national stone of Peru?
Of late because of the accessibility of more forged stones, this gemstone image has also been affected. For example, due to the blue shade of this gemstone also known as Peruvian Blue Opal or peacock opal more treated or dyed gemstones are cheaply available. But in order to get an authentic piece of this bead you should know the art of knowing the genuine quality. This gemstone’s bead can be identified through its luster, transparency and symmetry. If you are buying a Peruvian blue opal which contains less color variation than you can assume that it is a heat-treated Peruvian blue opal. When buying the authentic gemstone ensure you are purchasing it from reputed jewelry store(s).