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My mom heard that Alaska has some great deals on Opals!? I know possibly gold jewelry, but opals? I haven't seen this anywhere and was wondering if anyone can verify that this is what she should be looking for as her main souvenir in Alaskan ports.
Hi, I have only been on one cruise to Alaska and that was last July. I don't recall there being Alaska Opal deals as much as it seems like Jade was what was available. And yes, gold was offered, but in my opinion, not at that great of a price. But then again, I believe gold has gone up in value. Lets just say that I'd of liked to pick up a piece with a gold nugget on it, but I couldn't afford it. I did get a jade necklace, though. Hopefully a more experienced poster will have better advice for you.
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I didn't see Alaksan Opals, but I did find a nice little 14K gold ring with a piece of Mammoth Ivory, that I thought was unique and different, so that
was my souvenir from the Yukon.
I wasn't really shopping for jewelry, but when I saw the Mammoth ivory, I was intrigued. It's not illegal, like the other ivory is, so I actually bought the ring in Dawson City Yukon, then found another piece shaped as a feather in a necklace. Lovely set to come home with and didn't break the bank either.
The websites provided by derf5585 are interesting, I hadn't heard that Alaska was noted for opals.
The arctic opals are unique looking, I will forward these sites to my dad, this is their 5oth anniversary cruise, and our 25th and my folks are looking for a unique gift/momento of this trip.
I do think my mom is looking for the traditional opal, but I think she is looking in the wrong place. Alaska has many other items unique to the area.