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Andamooka Matrix Opal pendant green sparkle 14k gold filled wire wrapped pendant, Australian Opal



A sweet freeform piece 20 mm of hard Andamooka Matrix opal in a rough rectangle. This stone glitters with pinfire sparks of green that show best in light. This is the sort of opal I love, an offcut that has character that deserves a lovely frame. It has been heat treated to provide a darker background for the colour and then polished. Wrapped with 14k gold filled wire with a fine weave bail, the finished pendant is 30 mm long and comes on a free gold plated chain in an organza bag or gift box. A very different and beautiful 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.