Australian Andamooka Matrix Opal green flash rolled gold wire wrapped pendant


Australian Andamooka Solid Opal rolled gold wire wrapped pendant

A beautiful  20 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix with a vibrant flashes of green that appear and disappear as you move the stone and sometimes it even looks blue. The small pinpricks of colour combine to give the appearance of a sheet of beautiful colour. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light and the photos don't do justice to the vibrant colour, much as I tried! This opal has been heat treated with heat and sugar to darken the background and bring out the colour and is only hand polished on the face. I have wire wrapped it in 14k gold filled wire and the finished pendant is 30mm long. It comes on a free goldr 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. 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.