Australian opal, Andamooka Rainbow Matrix Opal, Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant, opal gift
Unusual Andamooka Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant
A freeform round 18 mm piece of Andamooka Rainbow Matrix opal. This stone has a multitude of rainbow pinprick with some stunning reds on the sides, 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 35 mm long. It comes on a free silver plated chain in an organza bag or gift box. 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 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.