Opalescent gem event
Dipples of Norwich is welcoming one and all to see its large collection of opals with their visiting specialists
The many-coloured beauty of opals is being celebrated at a city jewellers this month when two specialists will be talking about their collection of opals and answering questions about the lovely gemstones.
Over the years opals have been linked to many myths and legends. In the Middle Ages, opals were believed to bring good luck, but after the fictional heroine of a 19th century novel by Sir Walter Scott died shortly after her opal talisman was destroyed by a drop of holy water they acquired a less auspicious reputation and sales of opals in Europe dropped by 50pc.
Chris Ellis, of Dipples jewellers in Norwich, tells us that now people are less superstitious when it comes to opals and are once again enjoying their multitude of colours and shapes. “We stock opals set in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, and they come in simple and more intricate designs,” says Chris.
His advice for looking after your opal jewellery is to avoid extremes of temperature, low humidity, harsh chemicals and abrasive surfaces, because opals are a much softer stone than diamonds or sapphires.
For five days this month Dipples believes it will have Britain’s biggest selection of opals on show. It will host opal specialists John and Leisha Wheeler from Tuesday, October 6 to Saturday, October 10. John and Leisha will be in the Swan Lane store every day during the event, with their own collection of opal jewellery, and will be ready to discuss anything and everything to do with opals.
Chris Ellis of Dipples, pictured at the EDP Wedding Show
Dipples Jewellers of Swan Lane, Norwich