Andamooka Matrix Opal, pendant green pinfire sterling silver wire wrapped pendant
Australian Andamooka green Matrix Opal Sterling silver wire wrapped pendant
A triangle freeform teardrop 20 mm of Andamooka Matrix opal. This stone glitters with pinfire sparks of green and orange against the greenish background.The colours are there despite the photos not showing them well! It has been heat treated to provide a darker background for the colour and then polished. Wrapped with weave Sterling silver wire with Sterling and 14k gold filled beads for highlight, the finished pendant is 40 mm long 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 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.