Andamooka Matrix Opal rainbow sterling silver wire wrapped pendant


Australian Andamooka Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

Freeform piece 15 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix opal that I polished myself. This stone has a beautiful small pinpricks of rainbow colours, mostly green, orange and red. It has been heat treated to darken the background and make the colour pop out.  As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. I have wire wrapped it in Sterling silver wire and the finished pendant is 28 mm long. It comes on a free silver plated chain in an organza bag. A gorgeous opal!

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.