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Tourist Sues NYC Jeweler for Selling Fake Jewelry for $1M

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | July 31, 2016

Tourist Sues NYC Jeweler for Selling Fake Jewelry for $1M

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The third person in three months has reported being sold fake jewelry in the Diamond District of Manhattan, The New York Post reported. 

Eva Ho was visiting New York from Hong Kong in May, when she purchased three pieces of jewelry for almost $1 million at Design by Gems on West 47th Street, according to The Post.

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Each piece of jewelry came with a certificate of authenticity that supposedly came from the American Gemological Laboratories, according to court papers obtained by The Post.

Ho’s attorney Gregory Galterio told The Post: “The president of [the American Gemological Laboratories] confirmed that the AGL certificates provided to our client with her purchases were in fact never issued by AGL, and were fabricated. … Additionally, we asked AGL to inspect the ruby ring and issue an authentic certificate. The authentic certificate reveals that the ruby is not of Burmese origin and is not free from heat treatment, as was falsely stated in the fabricated AGL certificate.”

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According to The post, the jeweler refused to give Ho a refund so she is suing to redeem the $888,000 she spent, plus $1 million in punitive damages. Design By Gems owner Gina Mims refused to discuss the issue with the newspaper.

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