Antiques Roadshow guest admits she is ‘terrified’ by the staggering value of a rare opal necklace
An ANTIQUES Roadshow guest admitted she was “terrified” by the staggering value of a rare opal necklace.
A recent episode of the BBC show saw the lady bring the beautiful piece of jewelry, which belonged to her grandmother, for expert Susan Rumfitt to appreciate.
Next to the necklace was a picture of the lady’s grandparents and she said: “This picture is of my grandfather and grandmother from my mother’s side, my grandfather was from Fife and my grandmother was Australian, an international tennis player.
“But they actually got married not far from here in Edinburgh, my grandmother was very fond of jewelry, I think, and my grandfather, I think, bought him this because he’s from Edinburgh. “
Susan replied: “The reason you think it was bought in Edinburgh is because the box says an Edinburgh jeweler, but the box doesn’t exactly match the pendant correctly. “
She went on to explain how the lady’s grandmother may have brought the opal from Australia and then inserted it into the necklace when in Scotland.
Susan continued, “It’s always quite possible because obviously the opals come from Australia.
“They are amazing, they are really in high demand right now and in particular this color of opal which is called black opal.”
Susan then admired all the vibrant colors of the necklace, before telling the guest that it was “absolutely amazing”.
She said: “The market is extraordinary right now for opals. There is a shortage anyway right now, and the Edwardian jewelry market is doing very well as well.”
She then came to the appraisal and said: “So in terms of value, at auction, if that were to happen in my opinion in the current market, I would put £ 20,000 on it.”
The lady looked shocked and did her best to pull herself together before saying, “Yeah, that’s a little terrifying.”
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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