Opal pendant Rainbow Australian Opal Andamooka Matrix 14k gold fill wire wrapped pendant



Australian Andamooka Opal 14k gold filled wire wrapped pendant

This is a lovely freeform piece 25 mm piece of Andamooka Matrix opal. This stone has lovely pinfire rainbow colours against a dark background, like stars in a night sky. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. It has been heat treated with sugar to darken the background. I have wire wrapped it in 14k gold filled wire and the finished pendant is 35 mm long. It comes on a free gold 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.