Andamooka Matrix Opal, Sterling silver, wire wrapped, 12.7ct Australian opal pendant, green blue opal
This is an interesting freeform Andamooka Matrix opal. It has been heat treated to provide a darker background for the colour and then polished. It has some nice pinfire greens and blues. It's only polished on the face, the back shows the original stone surrounding the opal. It's 12.7ct without the wire, so a good size. Wrapped with Sterling silver wire, the finished pendant is 40mm x 10mm, and comes on a free silver plated chain in an organza bag. A very different and beautiful 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 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 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
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.