Pink opal can be semitranslucent to opaque and is mined in Mexico and Peru. Pink opal does not display play-of-color. The pink color has been recently attributed to inclusions of the silicate mineral palyorskite in addition to some organic compounds.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: inert to strong green or yellowish green
Pink Opal Colors
Countries of Origin
Unknown; Brazil; Mexico; Australia; Peru
These opals are opaque, pastel-pink gems. Although they don't exhibit the play of color found in precious opals, their lovely pastel pink shades are simply beautiful. If you look closely at these pink pretties, you'll notice they have swirls of billowing white throughout. The ghost-like inclusions give them a haunting beauty and their soft color adds compelling femininity. The result is a gemstone that will quickly capture your heart.
Avoid steaming, chemicals, and ultrasonic cleaners. Use warm, sudsy water for cleaning and a gentle cloth for drying.