I have recently been caught in a clever fraud/switch situation
and would appreciate input as to what you feel my next steps
should be. On Oct 9 a individual brought a custom made ring.
Centre cushion shaped Ruby measuring approx 5.6 x 5.3 x 4.3mm,
1.80cts. by gauge, decent clarity with some small angular
inclusions deep under the table and very dark colour. The ring
has a princess cut on each shoulder. On Oct 10 the ring was sold
to a local pawn broker. Later that day the pawn took the ring to
another area gemologist for re appraisal. The Ruby is now
synthetic. Rather than contacting me at that time the pawn
assumes that I was either involved or in error. December 10th
the pawn broker brings the ring to me and asks me if it is gen.
or syn. The Ruby is obviously synthetic. Each dimension varies
by 0.1 to 0.15mm from the original measurements. The stone has
numerous gas bubble inclusions and fluores. as synthetic. In
addition the stone is abraded. The problem is reputation and
credibility. The pawn broker understands that the stone is
different. But I have to admit that if the situation was
reversed the timeing certainly would lead me to be suspicious.
As you all know credibility and reputation are all and everything
in the jewellery business.
Your suggestions and input will be appreciated.