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Matrix Opal pendant, Andamooka opal, rainbow gemstone Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant



Unusual Andamooka Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant

A freeform teardrop 30 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix opal, this stone has a multitude of unusual rainbow pinprick colours from orange to green, 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 fine weave bail and Sterling silver beads, 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.