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Andamooka Matrix Opal pendant, Red pinfire, Sterling silver, wire weave wrapped, large opal pendant



Australian Andamooka Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A freeform long large oval 30 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix opal, this stone has a multitude of rainbow pinprick colour particularly red. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light as in the photos. This stone has been treated with sugar and heat to darken the host stone and make the fire of the opal more visible, and then polished. I have wire wrapped it in Sterling silver wire with a weave bail and the finished pendant is a large 50 mm 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. It has ‘pinfire’ flash, little specks of colour in a host stone, and the greater the concentration the more brilliant the colour.