AMHERST, NY (WKBW) It’s been said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what if those sparkling stones you believed were worth thousands of dollars turned out to be fake?
It’s happened to many Western New Yorkers.
Diamond fraud has hit our region and some are saddened to learn the jeweler they trusted for years, has lied, and taken their money.
Amherst Police say Paul Blarr, a Williamsville jeweler and owner of RSNP Diamond Exchange has been selling fake diamonds for the real deal for at least ten years.
“When I heard the news I thought it could not be. Paul would never do this to me,” said Katie Eberlin, a loyal customer to Paul Blarr. “So my girlfriend and I went into a jewelry store and had them checked out and sure enough in my earrings is stamped Swarovski Zirconia.”
Nearly twenty years ago, Eberlin traded in her mother’s diamonds at Blarr’s shop and had them mounted into earrings. Each year, she traded up for a bigger set. Somewhere along the way, those real diamonds turned into fakes.
The nearly 4 carat earrings she’s been wearing since 2011, valued at more than $24,000 as diamonds are only worth $100.00.
Eberlin also had a diamond penant necklace, valued at more than $6,000 as a diamond. That stone turned out to be moissanite, a rare stone that looks like a diamond.
“The fact that it only took them a minute using a loupe to find it leads me to believe that clearly Paul knew what he was selling me,” said Eberlin.
Amherst Police still believe there are others out there who have been sold fake diamonds.
If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, call the Amherst Police at 716-689-1340.