The New York Post: Tourist claims $1M Diamond District jewelry scam

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A “We Buy Gold & Diamonds” sign in Manhattan’s Diamond District in 2011.

A tourist visiting New York from Hong Kong was duped into buying fake ruby-encrusted jewelry for nearly $1 million from a Diamond District dealer, according to a new lawsuit.

Eva Ho made the three purchases at Design by Gems on West 47th Street in May, her lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court says.

She selected what she thought was a 12.77-carat ruby ring surrounded by diamonds for $350,000, a necklace adorned with 11 rubies and diamonds for another $350,000, and a vintage genuine Van Cleef Arpels bracelet for $188,000.

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