Antiques Roadshow expert issue warning to guest as she refuses to sell family jewellery11/22/2021
AN Antiques Roadshow expert issued a warning to a guest after she refused to sell her family's jewellery.
A classic episode of the BBC One show saw expert Joanna Hardy meet a lady who had brought in a stunning opal piece.
Joanna asked how the lady had come to own it, and she replied: "It was a present from my mother-in-law just before we got married. I think she had in the 1950s and it was a present from her husband.
"And then she passed it on to me just before I married her son."
Joanna then asked: "Have you worn it? Do you like it?"
The lady replied she loved it and wears it regularly, and Joanna told her: "Because I think you have brought me an exceptional quality opal here."
She then explained how the opals were found in Australia in the late 19th Century.
She enthused: "What is beautiful about this is that we've got these beautiful peacock colours.
"But it's like an artist palette. It's like he's gone with a paintbrush, these really large stripes of colour.
"In every single light, you will always see it, always changing. It really is stunning, I love it."
She then added it was crafted with circular cut diamonds, before getting to the valuation.
Joanna said: "We are looking about £5,000 to £7,000 at auction."
The lady replied "wow" before adding: "It's not going to go anywhere."
Joanna warned: "Absolutely not. I hope you're going to wear it and really enjoy it."
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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