Australian Andamooka Matrix Opal, green purple, Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A$125.00

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Unusual Andamooka Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

Want a different opal?

A freeform teardrop 20 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix opal, this stone has a multitude of rainbow gemmy pinprick green and purple, gorgeous. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. This stone has been treated with sugar and heat to darken the host stone and make the fire of the opal more visible, and then polished. I have wire wrapped it in Sterling silver wire with a weave bail and the finished pendant is a 40 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

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 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.

Wire Wrapping Opals

My pendants are totally handmade, opals made into unique pendants by the use of sterling silver or 14k gold filled wire or findings. I buy rough opal directly from the miners and cut and polish many by hand. No glues, no fixatives, just the tension of the wire holding it together. The description of gemstones that most appeals to me is that they are "part of the earth's DNA". Even if you feel they don't have any special metaphysical properties, I am sure you will agree with me that they have an enduring quality and beauty. All my jewellery is one of a kind, created in the inspiration of the moment and made with care. I use quality materials and aim to produce beautiful, affordable items. Each one is unique, as even if I try and repeat a design, it's never quite the same, especially with opals!

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