Lichfield gets a visit from Australian opal expert

An example of opal jewellery

An example of opal jewellery

Opals will be in focus when an expert in the field visits Lichfield.

Robert Carr Jewellers is welcoming Australian opal miner John Wheeler for the event from September 22-26.

Originally from Erdington, John will be bringing along a number of high value stones with him to show members of the public.

John spent 14 years prospecting before striking it lucky, discovering the richest seam of black opals ever found in Lightening Ridge.

But life as an opal miner isn’t simple – John has been held at gunpoint on more than one occasion!

As well as displaying some of his own stones, he is also inviting members of the public to visit Robert Carr Jewellers to have a verbal valuation of opal jewellery and give them some background history on where their pieces originated.

And the story of the opals will continue as top designer Leisha will also be showcasing a number of her opal-based designs.

Her Opal Designer range are all hand made in Australia and are renowned for their style and quality. As well as meeting Leisha, people will also be able to purchase one of her special limited edition pieces or have her design something from her unique range of loose Australian Opals.

The event takes place at Robert Carr Jewellers from September 22-26. For more information, call 01543 255715 or visit the website.

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