Andamooka Red Rainbow on Black Opal Matrix Sterling silver wire wrapped large pendant


Stunning Australian Andamooka Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A freeform 30 mm piece of Andamooka Black Matrix opal, absolutely beautiful! This stone has a multitude of pinprick colour, particularly red, though there is also green and orange. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. This stone has been treated to darken the host stone and make the fire of the opal more visible. Andamooka opal is porous, so 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 45 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. Darker ‘black’ based Andamooka Matrix opals have been treated to enhance the visibility of the colours. Lighter sandstone based opal is referred to as ‘concrete’ by the miners, as that’s what it looks like! It needs a resin coating to stabilise and show the colours against the light background. This is a unique and lovely type of opal.