AN Antiques Roadshow expert issued a warning to a guest after she refused to sell her family's jewellery.

A classic episode of the BBC One show saw expert Joanna Hardy meet a lady who had brought in a stunning opal piece.

An Antiques Roadshow expert offered a word of warning to a guest with a stunning piece of jewellery

The lady brought in a stunning opal

Joanna asked how the lady had come to own it, and she replied: ...It was a present from my mother-in-law just before we got married. I think she had in the 1950s and it was a present from her husband.

...And then she passed it on to me just before I married her son....

Joanna then asked: ...Have you worn it? Do you like it?...

The lady replied she loved it and wears it regularly, and Joanna told her: ...Because I think you have brought me an exceptional quality opal here....

She then explained how the opals were found in Australia in the late 19th Century.

She enthused: ...What is beautiful about this is that we've got these beautiful peacock colours.

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...But it's like an artist palette. It's like he's gone with a paintbrush, these really large stripes of colour.

...In every single light, you will always see it, always changing. It really is stunning, I love it....

She then added it was crafted with circular cut diamonds, before getting to the valuation.

Joanna said: ...We are looking about £5,000 to £7,000 at auction....

The lady replied ...wow... before adding: ...It's not going to go anywhere....

Joanna warned: ...Absolutely not. I hope you're going to wear it and really enjoy it....

The lady was delighted by the valuation of £5,000-7,000

Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.

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