Tourist suing Manhattan jewelry store after buying nearly $1 …

A tourist from Hong Kong claims she was duped into spending nearly $1 million on fake jewelry while holidaying in New York.

Eva Ho bought what she believed was a necklace adorned with 11 rubies and diamonds for $350,000, a 12.77-carat ruby ring surrounded by diamonds for $350,000 and a vintage genuine Van Cleef Arpels bracelet for $188,000.

She made the dodgy purchases at Design by Gems on West 47th Street in May, according to a lawsuit seen by the New York Post1, where she received what appeared to be a certificate of authenticity from the American Gemological Laboratories along with each purchase.

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Eva Ho made the dodgy purchases at Design by Gems (pictured) on West 47th Street in May

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There have been a number of reports of customers being scammed in Manhattan’s famed Diamond District

The lawsuit states that the gem dealers ‘expressly and unambiguously described the goods they were selling to Ho as genuine, original, authentic and of a specific quality’. Ho had some suspicions that the jewels were fake, which were confirmed when the president of AGL confirmed that the certificates given to Ho with her purchase were in fact never issued by the organisation, and were fabricated, her lawyer Gregory Galterio told The Post. It turns out that the jewels are not ‘genuine Burmese stones’ but in fact ‘valueless composites’ of rubies from East Africa with heat treatment and lead glass clarity enhancement, according to her suit.

The shocked shopper filed the suit after the dealer refused to refund her the money and she is now suing to recoup the $888,000 she spent, as well as $1 million in punitive damages.

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Ho had some suspicions that the jewels were fake, which were confirmed when the president of AGL confirmed that the certificates (example of which left) given to Ho with her purchase were in fact never issued by the organisation. Right: Stock of a ruby

Design By Gems owner Gina Mims declined to comment to the Post. There have been a number of reports of customers being scammed in Manhattan’s famed Diamond District, located on 47th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

In May, Las Vegas mogul Donna Curry, who owns nearly 300 Subway franchises, bought a $270,000 pink diamond ring from a Diamond District dealer, only to find that the stone was artificially colored. As with Ho, after she had it confirmed that the gem was not genuine, she asked for a refund. When this was refused, she filed a lawsuit.

Curry is seeking over $1 million to cover punitive damages and lawyer fees, reported the New York Daily News2.

References

  1. ^ New York Post (nypost.com)
  2. ^ New York Daily News (www.nydailynews.com)

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