According to National Jeweler Magazine, a 47 year old New York Jeweler, Paul Blarr, admitted to selling counterfeit jewels at his two businesses: RSNP Diamond exchange and Amherst Diamond exchange. Blarr pleaded guilty as charged with 1 count of “scheme to defraud” and 10 counts of “grand larsony.” $630,000 and 89 victims later, he now faces up to 50 years in prison. There will be further investigation into the case along with jewelry which was trusted to Barr to sell or repair being returned to the proper owners. His attorney spoke out and said that the judge recognizes his bravery for speaking out and realizing that he is not running away from the situation. The attorney also mentioned that the $630,000 could have been inflated due to using appraised values.
When you spend your professional life surrounded by beautiful gems and jewelry, it is all too easy to get a little jaded (sorry for the pun). What might draw ‘Ooohs’ and ‘Aaahs’ in any other circumstances, can begin to bring just a raised eyebrow, if even that. So, like the many thousands from around the world who flock to Tucson for the annual Tucson Gem &Mineral Show, I keep my eyes peeled for the unique or the extraordinary.
Luckily, this year I found a number of rare, unusual and exotic stones in tucked away corners of the show. One of the exhibitors in one of these corners this year is Ikram Ahmed from Five Star Gems who is exhibiting at the end of one of the grand halls of JOGS Gem & Jewelry show. What’s so special about this exhibitor’s offerings? Well, he has some excellent examples of a pretty rare stone sourced in an unexpected place—Alexandrite from India; and boy, is it nice!
I took a few minutes of Mr. Ahmed’s time, and asked him about his gems, and will share with you what I learned from him.
Found only in small pockets, veins and mines of Alexandrite being nearly unheard of, the beautiful gems Mr. Ahmed brings to Tucson are sourced by his buyers from small villages in rural India. Rarely measuring more than a few carats in size “Larger stones are too rare, no one finds large 10 carat Alexandrite of good quality.” Even though they have been known for about 400 years now, and deposits outside of Russia have been found in Brazil, and more recently in India, this is one of the rarer stones available on the market.
These wonderful stones exhibit the green to red shift characteristic of the dichroic Alexandrite; which is the trait which draws so much interest to them. It was explained to me that the percentage of change, whether it be 20% or 90% was one of the most important aspects of this precious gem, and that care should be taken when examining them under different lights. “White light will show off the green color, which should be a deep green with some browns or reddish tints. These other colors will help you determine how much ‘shift’ will occur when you look at the stone under yellow light or in sunlight. When away from white light, you want to look for bright flashes of red, and a nice overall reddish tint to the stone.”
As the conversation turned to valuing the stones, and insuring that the buyer or designer doesn’t overpay, some guidelines from Mr. Ahmed were very helpful. For ‘average’ stones, that is stones with a 20-35% shift in colors, weighing less than 3 carats, you should expect to pay between $3-500 per carat. Higher quality stones, those with say, 80-90% shift in color are much more dear, with 1 carat stones fetching about $3,500 a carat, 3-4 carat stones bringing $7,000 per carat, and nearly unheard of 10 carat and higher stones bringing $15,000 per carat or better due to their rarity.
– James S.
Didaj Jewelry Booth#: W223
My name is Alyona and I am a jewelry designer and founder of DIDAJ Jewelry and Fashion.
I’ve been creating my unique designs for many years. It is my passion and gives me a great deal of satisfaction, especially when I see what joy it brings to my clientele, all over the world.
Although my customers vary in age and interests, they all share a common love for jewelry and a desire for beautiful things.My background, from a very young age, was in artistic expression through dance. I received a Masters Degree in Artistic Direction and Choreography, from the Kiev State Art University and was a professional performer while living in the Ukraine.
I traveled the world for five years, until I immigrated with my family to the United States, in 1993.
During my first few years there, I used my experience and education to its fullest, teaching in many of the top academies and dance schools, in the Chicago area. I also helped produce and choreograph shows for a number of ice skaters and ice dancers, some of whom went on to become the top skaters in the US.
I look to many of my life experiences for inspiration. From my fascination with art history, to my observations of nature, I draw upon a wide variety of shapes, textures, and materials, to create something unique and exciting. All the products I offer are my unique and original creations. I carefully oversee every facet of production, to give you unmatched, world class quality. I stand behind each and every product and offer my personal quality guarantee.
My new Collection brings together colorful Italian leather, Silver and Peacock Baroque Pearls, various colors of Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Aquamarine, and Tourmaline. I very proud of this new collection and hope you find it as exciting as I do.
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Buyers and Visitors can now register to the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show September 6-9, 2012. Whether your need is restocking, discovering new jewelry products or looking for that special piece that sets your store apart, JOGS Tucson Jewelry and Gift Show 2012 has what you are looking featuring over 100 designers and manufacturers.
Come see Tucson’s favorite exhibitors with their largest stock:
| A.G. Japan LTD|
Arts Kindom Jewelry Co., LTD
Amy Simon Jewelry
AV Jewelry & Designs
Benefit Import and Export
China Mountain Turquoise
Chinese American Art
Cleia Renata L. Oliviera
Commercial Resources Corp
Fantastic Deals/Stable Bridge
Fashion Jewelry LA
Golma Raja Co. LTD
Indian Touch of Gallup
| JJ Jewelers|
Maria Belen Nilson
Neotric Gems Inc
Oriental Crest Inc
Rajbhandari Trade Links Nepal
Sam Davis Designs
Skyline Business Ltd
Sunwest Silver Co., Inc
The Boys Silver
Trans Pacific USA
Twan Kee Co
Twin Palace LLC
Y. S. USA Trading Co.
Yong Jia Co.
Yuan J LiuPlus many MORE!
Over 100 favorite Tucson Exhibitors from around the globe! Importers, Manufacturers, Designers and Wholesalers of:
Gold, Diamonds, Gems, Sterling Silver, Fine Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, Pearls, Loose Diamonds, Beads, Bead Strands, Swarowski Crystals, Amber, Opals, Cabochons, Lampwork, Glass beads, Findings, Bridal Jewelry, Native Jewelry, Watches, Accessories, Home Decor, Ethinc Jewelry and Crafts, Southwestern Jewelry, Jewelry from U.S., Thailand, India, China, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Poland, Germany, South America, Turkey, Nepal, Africa, Russia, Australia, Philipines and much more!
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