Australian Andamooka Crystal Opal 14k gold filled wire wrapped pendant



This is an interesting 20 x 12 mm freeform Australian Andamooka crystal Opal. It is highly polished and has some nice sparkly rainbow colours near the bottom on a quartzite base. It's hard to catch the colour in a photo, so I have a few different lighting scenes. It's wrapped with 14k gold filled wire with the finished pendant measuring 30 mm. I enjoyed making it and sending nature's beauty out into the world to find it's owner. It comes on a free gold plated chain in an organza bag.

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.