Andamooka Matrix Opal green flash sterling silver wire wrapped pendant, Australian Opal



Australian Andamooka Solid Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A beautiful piece 20 mm piece of Andamooka 'concrete' opal that I polished myself. This stone has a beautiful 'rolling flash' of green and a bit of blue that appears and disappears as you move the stone. The small pinpricks of colour combine to give the appearance of a sheet of moving colour. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. It has been heat treated and a jewellery grade resin is used as a coating to stabilise it. I have wire wrapped it in Sterling silver wire and the finished pendant is 35mm long. It comes on a free silver plated chain in an organza bag. A very different and beautiful rare gemstone, totally unique.

Andamooka opal comes from a small outback town in South Australia. The work involved in mining this opal, the small field it comes from and the gorgeous results mean that it is a unique and more rare type of Australian opal. There is not much material coming from this field these days and therefore this type of opal is becoming more rare. It has ‘pinfire’ flash, little specks of colour in a host stone, and the greater the concentration the more brilliant the colour. Some Andamooka Matrix opals are treated and coated with liquid glass (jewellery grade resin) to enhance the visibility of the colours.