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Aspens Jewellers are a family business, 2011 saw us as a family celebrate 100 years of trading as independent jewellers. Aspens has a physical retail shop in Woodbridge Suffolk offering Antique Jewellery, Vintage Jewellery and Pre Owned Jewellery alongside new Engagement rings, Wedding Bands, Watches and accessories, backed up by knowledgeable staff and an experienced onsite jewellery workshop.

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Monday - Friday: 9.30am and 5pm Aspens Jewellers Ltd, 5 Church Street Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1DH England 01394 385088 Over seas | +44 1394 385088

Guide to Diamonds

As natural minerals, diamonds nearly always contain tiny ‘Inclusions’, which can take the form of crystals, clouds or feathers. These are rarely visible to the naked eye, but can be perceived under magnification. A diamond with no perceived inclusions is extremely rare and correspondingly expensive.

Some diamonds are Certificated by Independent bodies such as EGL, GIA, Anchorcert, IGI & others.  These certificates give the buyer an additional piece of mind to help them with making their discussion when purchasing a diamond.

  • The descriptions under the  (Gemmological Institute of America) GIA scheme are as follows:Flawless (FL)
  • Internally Flawless (IF)
  • Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1, VVS2) – i.e.  very very small inclusions or blemishes
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1, VS2) – i.e. very small inclusions or blemishes
    Slightly Included (SI1, SI2)
  • Included (I1, I2, I3)

A carat is 0.2 grams and, along with “points” (one hundredth of a carat) forms the terminology used to describe the weight of a gemstone. Larger diamonds are rare and therefore considerably more valuable than smaller ones. The term derives from the use of carob seeds to measure the weight of gemstones in ancient times.

The colour of a diamond is determined using the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) Scale, an alphabetical scale that grades the colour of a diamond from D (colourless – very rare and valuable) to Z (tinged with a yellowish colour).

The colour differences between diamonds (for example between a G or an H coloured diamond) are very subtle and difficult to ascertain without considerable training or experience.