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Gem-A, UK issues warning on scam products bearing false credentials

Gem-A – the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, is issuing a warning to its Members, the gemstone trade and the wider public about an ongoing issue with fraudulent jewellery parcels, which are being distributed bearing fake Gem-A credentials and logos.

Many of the affected individuals who have contacted Gem-A via email and social media report receiving a ‘diamond solitaire ring in platinum’ in a grey or pink ring box. This is placed inside a tell-tale pink gift bag with the word ‘Princess’ in gold lettering. There are no identifying postage labels, receipts, confirmation letters or information documents inside the parcel, which leads individuals to contact Gem-A for guidance.

The parcel includes a fake laminated ‘Identification Certificate’ bearing information about the ring. It is labelled with “Fellowship of Gemological Association of Great Britain” – note the spelling of ‘gemmology’ – and is also marked with the logos of the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Platinum Guild International, and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Gem-A was initially alerted to the issue in March 2023 when a handful of isolated incidents were reported via social media and email. In recent weeks, however, the practice appears to have reared back into action, with multiple affected parties sending concerned direct messages and emails about jewellery items they hadn’t ordered branded with the Gem-A logo.

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