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#1

Hi folks

I recently received this question and thought someone on the forum
might know.

Do you know what happened to the Aurifex people who used to be
in Fort Collins, CO? They were mokume designers, too. I bought a
ring from them a while back and need some but I
can’t locate them.

happy holidays to all,
Miche


#2
Do you know what happened to the Aurifex people who used to be in
Fort Collins, CO? They were mokume designers, too. I bought a ring
from them a while back and need some but I can't
locate them. 

Aurifex: 866-407-1965, Auifex@aurifexjewelry.com

Richard Hart


#3
Do you know what happened to the Aurifex people who used to be in
Fort Collins, CO? They were mokume designers, too. I bought a ring
from them a while back and need some but I can't
locate them. 

This surfaced in my local paper yesterday, thought it might be of
interest to folks on the list.
regards,
Kevin

  Customers say jewelry store owners stole items, payments
  By CHRISTINE McMANUS
  http://www.coloradoan.com

  Customers of Aurifex Fine Jewelry say the former owners of the
  recently closed shop stole at least $182,000 in precious
  wedding rings, engagement rings and downpayments. 

  At least nine reports against Aurifex have been filed with
  Fort Collins police since September

  "Our biggest concern is whether there are customers who have
  not come forward yet, either because they don't feel their
  case is worth reporting or they don't realize Aurifex has
  closed," said Al Brown, Fort Collins police spokesman. "We
  want to hear from them, and try to help them." 

  The shop was owned by Eric and Sarah Griffin. 

  Eric Griffin said more than 300 customers "got caught in the
  middle needlessly" of a sudden break with an undisclosed
  business partner. 

  "The former partner took off with our customer list and
  equipment, among other stuff," Griffin said. "We've been
  trying to return everything to people the past month or so,
  but it's been difficult." 

  Fraud investigator Brien O'Malley of Fort Collins Police
  Services is looking into reports filed by customers and
  wholesale distributors against the 2 1/2-year-old downtown
  business. 

  O'Malley is in the process of contacting the Griffins. 

  Griffin made headlines in November 2003 when he was involved
  in a "Make My Day" shooting in Ault. 

  After an investigation, the Weld County district attorney's
  office found Griffin was protected under the "Make My Day" law
  because neighbor Richard Hammock came after Griffin at
  Griffin's home, bashing in a front door window, and
  threatening him with a board. 

  Griffin made a public apology after the fatal shooting. 

  "I've been trying to rebuild my life since then, and it looks
  like I'll have to pick up and do it again," Griffin said.
  "We're not dishonest and we're trying to put this back
  together again." 

  Customers who dropped off jewelry and deposits for custom
  design work are worried they will never see their jewelry or
  loose stones again. The store at 236 Walnut St. closed around
  the beginning of October. 

  After more than a month of mediation, the Mountain States
  Better Business Bureau on Tuesday revoked Aurifex's
  membership. 

  The BBB office in Fort Collins began receiving customer
  complaints in early October, with the most recent report filed
  last weekend, said Marcy Sharf, vice president of mediation at
  Mountain States BBB in Fort Collins. 

  The Griffins on Monday began responding to customer complaints
  of theft, more than a week after the BBB's Nov. 22 deadline to
  respond to the first certified letter. 

  Police investigators will determine if the alleged thefts were
  intentional, Sharf said. If no criminal charges are filed,
  people may choose to file a case in small claims court, Sharf
  said. 

  The voice mail for Aurifex Fine Jewelry has been full for
  days. The company Web site was taken down. Two days after
  property manager Ross Milliken received a lease termination
  letter from the Griffins, he went to check on the shop space
  Oct. 10. 

  Everything was cleared out, and the locks had been changed.
  Several days later, Milliken received a letter from the
  Griffins, accusing him of illegally breaking and entering. 

  Eric Griffin said he was planning to move the business from a
  retail spot into a design studio. The transition flopped, he
  said. 

  "This will probably come down to a civil matter in the courts
  for years," Griffin said. 

  Milliken said several people have called him, trying to get a
  hold of the Griffins and their jewelry or down payments.