A guest of Antiques Roadshow was terrified when a jewelry expert gave her grandmother’s opal necklace a huge appraisal.
The woman brought a wedding photo of her grandparents to a recent BBC episode, based at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
She told expert Susan Rumfitt that despite her love of opals, she felt nervous about wearing the necklace because she didn’t want to leave any scratches on the exquisite gemstone.
“My grandfather is from Fife, my grandmother is Australian, she is an international tennis player but they actually got married not far from her in Edinburgh,” the woman explained.
“My grandfather may have received the opal from his father before they left Australia.”
Susan noticed that the jewelry box was marked with the name “James Aitchison”, an Edinburgh court jeweler.
“The reason you think he bought it in Edinburgh is because the box says an Edinburgh jeweler, but the box doesn’t exactly match the pendant correctly,” the expert noted.
She agreed that the guest’s grandfather could have taken the opal and incorporated it into a necklace in Edinburgh, adding: “The opals are from Australia, they are highly sought after and especially this color of opal, which is called ‘black opal’. “
The guest said she particularly liked the back of the opal because it had a deep blue and green color almost “like a peacock feather”.
Susan then shared her knowledge of the gemstone market stating: “The market is quite extraordinary for opals as there is a shortage right now anyway.
“And the Edwardian jewelry market is doing extremely well as well and I think the jewelry has become much more popular in a particular stone.
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“So in terms of value, if that were to happen, in my opinion, in the current market, I would put £ 20,000 on it.”
The woman became emotional when she said to Susan, “Yeah, that’s a little terrifying.”
Susan smiled and reassured her “not to worry about the value” and suggested that she wear the necklace.