Andamooka opal, Rainbow Matrix Opal pendant 14k gold fill wire wrapped pendant
Australian Andamooka Opal 14k gold filled wire wrapped pendant
This is a lovely freeform piece piece of Andamooka Matrix opal weighing 7.65 ct. This stone has vivid pinfire rainbow colours against a dark background. It has a small patch of crystal in the middle that reflects different colours as it's moved. As with all opal, it is best viewed in direct light. It has been heat treated with sugar to darken the background. I have wire wrapped it in 14k gold filled wire and the finished pendant is 35 mm long. It comes on a free gold 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 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.