Andamooka Matrix Opal pendant, green pinfire, sterling silver wire wrapped pendant, Australian Opal
Andamooka Matrix Solid Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant
A lovely large 20 x 15 mm piece of Andamooka 'concrete' opal. This stone has a beautiful pinfire green and blue sparkles. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. It has been heat treated with sugar to darken the background, this doesn't fade. I have wire wrapped it in Sterling silver wire and the finished pendant is 35mm long. It comes on a free silver 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 matrix 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.
Wire Wrapping Opals
The opals I wire wrap are all genuine solid Australian opal (unless the description is for a doublet which is a slice of opal glued to a backing), I don’t deal in synthetic opal. I buy rough and finished opal directly from the miners and cut and polish many by hand myself.
My pendants are totally handmade, wire wrapped in Sterling Silver or 14k Gold Filled wire or findings. 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" and they have an enduring quality and unique beauty - no two opals are the same. All my jewellery is one of a kind, created in the inspiration of the moment and made with care. Each one is a unique one of a kind piece of jewellery to treasure.