Opales­cent gem event

Dip­ples of Nor­wich is wel­com­ing one and all to see its large col­lec­tion of opals with their vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists

EDP Norfolk - - Jewellery -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.