Winners and Losers in the Lead Ruby Controversy

A ruby is a hard and durable stone second only to diamonds in hardness.  When the Burmese source of rubies became unavailable in the early 2000s, many vendors turned to low-grade rubies from Africa, loaded them with lead filled glass to enhance color and make them look like the real thing, and these “rubies” found [...]

April 23rd, 2014|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Winners and Losers in the Lead Ruby Controversy

Fake Rubies, the FTC, and Macy’s

Corundum is the natural stone that provides us with rubies (red) and sapphires (blue).  It has historically been prized for its unique color, durability, and high value.  As long as people have sought nature’s prized jewels, there have been disreputable people trying to take advantage of customers through deceptive and unfair practices.  In jewelry this [...]

March 10th, 2014|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Fake Rubies, the FTC, and Macy’s

MACY’S Affirmative Defenses Against Plaintiffs in Fake Jewelry Case Suspend Reality

After multiple unsuccessful motions seeking to dismiss Plaintiffs claims that it was selling rubies and other fine jewelry as “real” or “natural” when they were clearly not, Macy’s finally filed its answer to the Plaintiff’s complaint in the fake jewelry case heard before the Hon. John Munter of the San Francisco Superior Court (San Francisco [...]

May 22nd, 2013|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on MACY’S Affirmative Defenses Against Plaintiffs in Fake Jewelry Case Suspend Reality