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Ms Aston-Thwaites discovered that instead of being repaired, the bracelet had been sold by an unnamed colleague.

A woman who was volunteering at the charity shop Age UK is devastated by the accidental sale of her £1500 diamond bracelet, sold by colleague for just £1.99. A spokesperson for Marlow’s Diamonds comments on the news, offering advice.

Debbie Aston-Thwaites, from Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, was volunteering at a shop for Age UK when she noticed her £1,500 diamond bracelet get stuck on a jewellery box. The bracelet, which had been a present for her 50th birthday, had become damaged by the jewellery box. As a result it was left in the care of a colleague who had promised to fix it for Ms Aston-Thwaites after her shift. Upon returning to the shop where she was volunteering the next morning, Ms Aston-Thwaites discovered that instead of being repaired, the bracelet had been sold by an unnamed colleague.

Ms Aston Thwaites has since quit her volunteer job at Age UK, and is using her time to search for her property. She commented on the incident, saying: "I realised my bracelet kept catching and I was going to lock it away with my handbag but a colleague said she would try and fix it. I went home that evening and when I returned to the store the next morning I was shocked to discover it had been sold. I was speechless that anyone would think it was a cheap piece of costume jewellery - it was gold with diamonds and had a hallmark… I really want to get it back, it means a lot to me and because I used to wear it every day it is strange not to see it on my wrist."

Marlow’s Diamonds, a UK supplier of GIA and IGI certified diamonds take a keen interest in stories such as this. A spokesperson for the company commented on the news, saying: “It’s a genuine shame when you see news stories such as this. Jewellery given as gifts hold great value, especially when given as a birthday gift. Diamonds in particular hold vast sentimental value, and Ms Aston-Thwaites is clearly eager to recover her property.

“Fortunately if the bracelet was sold by a reputable dealer she will have independent certification from the likes of IGI or FIA proving the diamonds to be her property. This means that her bracelet can be identified in the future and returned to her. Anyone looking to buy diamonds for themselves or a loved one should take notice.

Make sure you buy your gems from a reputable dealer, and make sure you ask for independent certification with your diamonds in order to protect you from theft or loss in the future.”

Marlow’s Diamonds are one of the UK’s leading certified diamond specialists and they take great pride in sourcing all diamonds with extreme care and due diligence. They only supply the highest quality diamonds and can cater to all budgets, tastes and occasions.

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