Australian Andamooka green Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant


Australian Andamooka Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A beautiful piece 15mm of Andamooka Matrix opal. This stone glitters with strong pinfire sparks of green that are vinbrant in sunlight and like a miniature window on a strange star filled night sky.  This particular piece is a freeform teardrop, it has been heat treated to provide a darker background for the colour and then polished. Wrapped with Sterling silver wire, the finished pendant is 28mm long and comes on a free silver plated chain in an organza bag. A very different and beautiful gemstone, totally unique.

Andamooka 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 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 and expensive. 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 heat treated and coated with liquid glass (jewellery grade resin) to enhance the visibility of the colours.