Antiques Roadshow made its way to Salford Quays, Greater Manchester last Sunday and fans were treated to an evaluation of a diamond opal brooch amongst a host of different items.
Antiques expert Joanna Hardy was shown a diamond opal brooch by one guest and before she evaluated the piece, she first tried to find out how the item came into the guest’s possesssion.
“Well it was a present from my mother-in-law just before we got married, she had in from the 1950s as a present from her husband and passed it on to me just before I married her son,” explained the guest.
“Have you worn it, do you like it?” Joanna asked before the guest revealed that she loved the piece.
The expert added: “That’s good I think you’ve brought me an exceptional opal.”
Joanna moved the brooch around so that the opal caught the sunlight and commented: “We can see the pattern of colour is also superb what is really interesting these opals were found in Australia in the late 19th century.
“Up until then they were mainly from Czechoslovakia, so people in Europe didn’t like these opals coming from Australia because they were a lot better, because of this impact of colour.
“This is what we look for in opals, and it really put them on the map.”
The expert went on to describe the “beautiful peacock colours” displayed on the brooch and exclaimed: “It’s like an artist’s palette, it’s stunning I love it.”
Revealing how much the brooch is worth, Joanna remarked: “You can’t get better than that, you can expect