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 [...]

By | 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 [...]

By | 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 [...]

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

Court Denies Macy’s Motion to Strike Fake Jewelry Case

In March 2013, Macy’s Demurrer and Motion to Strike the Plaintiff’s complaint in the fake jewelry case was heard before the Hon. John Munter of the San Francisco Superior Court (San Francisco Superior Court No. 10 495868).  Plaintiff filed eight causes of action against Macy’s alleging Unfair Completion under Business and Professions code 17200, False [...]

By | April 5th, 2013|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Court Denies Macy’s Motion to Strike Fake Jewelry Case

Is that Ruby Real?

The controversy over selling as real rubies glass filled and treated gem stones is the recent subject not only of recent lawsuits against MACY’S, (SF Superior Court Nos. CGC-09-495171 and CGC-10-495868) but a topic of great concern amongst professionals who strongly resent the practice of falsely portraying rubies as real when they are not.  The [...]

By | December 22nd, 2011|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Is that Ruby Real?

Fake Rubies, Fake Diamonds, Macy’s and You

As we approach Christmas, many people will stroll though Macy’s stores and pass by the beautifully displayed gemstones.  Sitting under glass with lots of reflecting light you will find rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other prized stones.  Stuck way out of the way in some stores is a little card that tells you that what you [...]

By | December 8th, 2011|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Fake Rubies, Fake Diamonds, Macy’s and You

Macy’s Accused of Selling Fake Rubies and other Gems

A lawsuit filed The Brandi Law Firm alleges that Macy's intentionally deceived its customers by misrepresenting the quality of jewelry, gems and stones it sold to customers throughout California and the United States including misrepresenting heavily glass filled and often heavily lead glass treated stones as natural rubies; selling gems from banned countries; selling Praseolite [...]

By | December 28th, 2010|Macy's Fake Gem Lawsuit|Comments Off on Macy’s Accused of Selling Fake Rubies and other Gems