David Harris Designs Jewelry / Jewelry Scam

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David Harris Designs is a Jewelry Scam.

Tourists, online bargain hunters and even professional jewelers share a common misfortune -- they've all fallen victim to gemstone and jewelry scams.

You might wonder: if even some experts can be fooled into thinking a fake gem is the real thing, what chance is there for the rest of us?

We're not just talking about passing off a glittering piece of cubic zirconium (CZ) as a thousand dollar diamond, though that happens often enough.

No, the con merchants go way beyond that.

They make "sandwiches" with two cheap stones and a colored glue for the filling. They stick pieces of foil onto the back of stones, which are then embedded into jewelry that sparkles. Or they just manufacture substitutes for items like amber out of good ol' plastic or diamonds from glass!

Then they churn out phony appraisal certificates and authentication forms that are as genuine-looking as their fake stones and jewels.

Of course, at one level, there's nothing wrong with fake jewelry. Celebrities use it, royals use it, maybe even your grandma uses it -- as a substitute for the real thing that's often locked away in a safety deposit box.

And of course, costume jewelry (when it's declared upfront to be fake), can make someone look like a million dollars for 100 bucks.

Trouble comes when you pay top dollar for a phony gem or piece of jewelry, or, even if it's genuine, a poor quality stone.

Gemstone and jewelry scams are particularly rife in China and southeast Asia.

For tourists, Thailand especially has become a scammers' paradise. Scammers accost travelers in the streets of Bangkok, offering fake or poor quality sapphires, diamonds and rubies at bargain prices or even taking tourists to "jewelry factory" outlets where, supposedly, they can find a great bargain.

The same factories, and their counterparts in China, flood the Internet, especially online auctions, with their products, from precious stones to "Rolex" and other famous-name watches.

eBay and some of its traders actually have whole sections devoted to spotting these gemstone and jewelry scams.

Such scams have also turned up in Mexico and the Caribbean. But the truth is they're everywhere. Earlier this year, roadside scammers in Germany flagged down drivers and tried to sell fake jewelry, supposedly to help pay for car repairs.

And in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, scammers operate at the only public access diamond mine, approaching stone hunters with supposed finds -- which, because of the location, have substantially higher than normal values -- which they offer to sell. The stones usually turn out to be fakes or extremely low quality from somewhere else.

As if all this wasn't bad enough, unscrupulous jewelry stores join in the rip-off. In one favorite trick, they produce an inflated appraisal, then sell the item at a greatly, reduced, "bargain" price.

Even working on the right side of the law, they exaggerate values and then mark prices down for sales, or they misrepresent the quality of stones, using technical terms or "bumping" up the grade.

To our way of thinking, if the buyer is misled even without breaking the law, it still boils down to a scam.

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  • Ta
      Oct 10, 2011

    THIS IS UTTERLY FALSE and posted by a person - TARA ROSE - who EXTORTED and STOLE GEMS from David Harris Designs! read this
    This post is an utter lie - Tara Rose and Ring Finger Studio are the fake jewelers who steals real gems and replaces them with fake worthless stones. David Harris Designs has an outstanding reputation and his work is impeccable. i know this for a fact as i have purchased gems from him. Consumers need to be aware of TARA ROSE and her father MICHAEL ROSE. TARA ROSE is posting false rumors about David Harris Designs. She is nothing more than white trash - i know her, unfortunately. She is a thief, a liar, a partner stealer, an extorter and more. She now runs RING FINGER STUDIO, a jewelry store where she dupes people into believing what they are purchasing are real gems - and without conflict. This is not the case - Consumers beware! If you have purchase anything from Tara Rose or Ring Finger Studio in the past, go to a real jeweler and get your purchase check out - it's probably a fake. There is nothing nice about Tara Rose - one of the most horribly individuals i have had the misfortune to meet.
    To learn more about her escapades with her former employment, read this article.

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