Australian Opal Pendant, Andamooka green Matrix, pinfire 14k gold fill wire wrapped pendant
Australian Opal Pendant Andamooka Matrix green pinfire 14k gold fill wire wrapped
This is a freeform oval of Andamooka Rainbow Matrix opal. This stone has lovely pinfire green colours against a dark background, like stars in a night sky. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light and my photos can't do justice to the sparkles. It has been heat treated with sugar to darken the background and this doesn't fade. I have wire wrapped it in 14k gold filled wire and the finished pendant is 30 mm long. It comes on a free gold plated chain in an organza bag. A very different and beautiful rare gemstone, totally unique.
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 now rare type of Australian opal. 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
My pendants are totally handmade, opals made into unique pendants by the use of sterling silver or 14k gold filled wire or findings. I buy rough opal directly from the miners and cut and polish many by hand. 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". Even if you feel they don't have any special metaphysical properties, I am sure you will agree with me that they have an enduring quality and beauty. All my jewellery is one of a kind, created in the inspiration of the moment and made with care. I use quality materials and aim to produce beautiful, affordable items. Each one is unique, as even if I try and repeat a design, it's never quite the same, especially with opals!