Andean Opal: Meaning, Benefits, & Uses

Andean Opal: Meaning, Benefits, & Uses

Andean Opal is an opal from Peru and is a stunning and unique gemstone that is beloved by many for its vibrant pastel varieties. This semi-precious mineral is found exclusively in the Andean mountains of Peru, and it has a rich history and cultural significance. Whether you're a jewelry lover, a spiritual seeker, or simply someone who appreciates natural beauty, Andean Opal is sure to capture your attention and imagination.

What Makes Andean Opal Different From Other Opals? 

Andean Opal is different from other types of opals. Firstly, it is only found in the Andean mountains of Peru, making it a unique and relatively rare mineral. Secondly, Andean Opal has a distinct mineral composition, which includes silica, water, and a variety of other minerals such as aluminum, iron and titanium. This gives it a very smooth matte finish that is very calming to hold onto. Some say it feels like touching the back of a new iPhone, where it has a smooth matte feeling to it!  

In the large family of opals the Andean Opals belong to the simple or ordinary opals, and they do not possess the typical "opalescent" play of colors of the noble opals. The most popular colors are blue and pink colors. The average grade of blue and pink opal is usually translucent, and brown and black dendrite inclusions are common. The transparent material of blue or pink opal yields attractive cut stones. Pink Opal is a blend of Opal, Chalcedony, and Palygorite. The pink tint in this case is derived from organic compounds called Quinones.

andean pink opal tumble stoneswith dendrites

Milky Pink andean opal tumblestones with dendrites 

Andean Opal is sourced from the Acari copper mine near Nazca. Although rare, some specimens have a clear color, but most are speckled with dark dendrites resembling plant-like shapes. The source of the blue-green hue is copper, which is included in the stone as Chrysocolla.

Another cool fact to know about Andean Opal is its high water content makes it delicate and too much exposure to heat or direct sunlight for long periods of time can make it fracture. You can restore the transparency of Andean opal by immersing it in water for a limited time.

Benefits and Uses of Andean Opal 

The Peruvian opal, known for its tropical blue hues reminiscent of the sea, is said to have a calming energy. It has been used for centuries to ease tension and stimulate creative thinking. Metaphysically, it is believed to reduce stress and instill a sense of peace for the future. Additionally, it is said to assist with sleep issues. As a powerful healing stone, the Andean Peruvian opal is linked to the heart chakra.

History and Cultural Significance of Peruvian Opal 

Andean Opal has a rich history and has been used in ancient cultures for thousands of years. The Incas, who inhabited the Andean region of Peru, believed that the gemstone had powerful spiritual properties and used it in religious ceremonies and rituals. In modern times, Andean Opal is still considered to be a sacred mineral and is highly valued by the local people.

Rarity and Quality Grading

Andean Opal is a relatively rare mineral, and high-quality specimens are highly sought after. The gemstone is graded for quality based on several factors, including color, clarity, and size. The most valuable Andean Opals are those that are /, transparent, and have a vibrant concentration of colors.

Here is an example of A-grade Blue Andean Opal Points with very little dendrites inclusions and not much of a milky translucent. The blue is very concentrated and comes in vaa riety of blues and turquoise. 

Here is an example of A-grade Pink Opal Points with very little dendrites inclusions and not much of a milky translucent. The pink  is very concentrated, it can almost look similar to rhodochrosite.

 

Andean Opal: A symbol of hope and harmony in ancient Aztec and Inca cultures

Andean Opal is mined using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations. The mining process is labor-intensive and requires a great deal of skill and experience. Additionally, there are several myths and legends associated with Andean Opal.

Andean Opal is a unique and beautiful mineral that is found only in Peru. It is composed of silica, water, and a variety of other minerals, and it is found in the Andean mountains of Peru. Andean Opal is believed to have many metaphysical properties, and it is often used in energy healing. It is also a popular choice for jewelry and other decorative items. The gemstone is relatively rare,

Our Favorite Custom Sculptures to Make with Andean Opal 

 We love working with Andean Opal to make unique carvings due to its unique texture. Its naturally occurring dendrites, which resemble plant-like structures, give it a unique and intricate three-dimensional effect to it. . Its smooth and even texture also makes it easy to work with for carvers, allowing them to create precise and delicate details. The natural colors of Andean Opal also add an additional layer of beauty to the carved pieces, making them even more sought after by collectors and connoisseurs. Our most coveted pieces we make at Amethyst Goddess from Peruvian Artisans are our highly sought-after Andean Opal Hummingbirds. We make them once a quarter in blue and pink opal and have them shaped as if they are landing on a rose made from another mineral and a quartz base. They are a customer favorite every time we bring birds into our collection. 

blue andean opal hummingbird statue on quartz




1 comment

  • keeley on February 06, 2023

    hi. i’m doing research for a andean sea peruvian blue green opal – opaque for a ring.
    i am looking constantly… i get search results for Etsy.com and i find the fact that people are selling lots of 4-5-6 stones (they look gorgeous) for something like 29$
    or a single stone cut for ring sometimes 5.95
    that sounds odd. most of these sellers are in india and i am trying to avoid shopping there as it is so far away in case something goes haywire… i see people in the US selling such low priced blue opal as well. is this the going rate these days? very low? i am not looking at translucent perfection specimen stones. i am looking for a nice blue green like the sea but opaque. is that why the ones i fine are lower priced? bc i am after the type that is not valued as precious? any help is appreciated. thanks. keeley

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