Australian Andamooka opal pendant, green Matrix Opal, Sterling silver, wire wrapped pendant
A sweet freeform Andamooka Matrix opal. This stone glitters with strong pinfire sparks of green that are vibrant in sunlight. It has been heat treated to provide a darker background for the colour and then polished. Wrapped with 14Kgold filled wire, the finished pendant is 25 mm long and comes on a free gold plated chain. A beautiful classic opal necklace.
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.