Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crimes and Fashion


Real or a clever fake?

As many people already know, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, or at least it appears that way according to media reports. Now I am fascinated will crime reports for some bizarre reason and love reading stories relating to crimes involving jewelry and fashion. Examples include the theft of the Marc Jacobs collection while on a train, the San Luis Obispo jeweler who was accused of fencing and the recent theft of almost $1 million dollars in gems from the Tucson Gem Show. These crimes of course should not be confused with crimes of fashion.

As the economy continues to remain unstable, crime continues to rise, or at least the media is reporting it more. Take the largest emerald auction recently. While the emerald didn’t sell the owner is facing unrelated fraud charges. The validity of the largest emerald notwithstanding, apparently there is someone out there who examined the emerald and now says it may not be an emerald at all. So the owner, Regan Reaney, is now in trouble and may face further trouble down the line. It is always amazing to see how many people will steal, cheat or perpetrate a fraud upon another. One would think if in fact they are thinking at all, that their nefarious deeds cannot remain hidden forever. Criminals generally get caught. The owner of the gems stolen from the Tucson Gem Show said many of the stones were intricately carved and were unique. How is someone going to fence these stones?

Additionally, unless you’re wearing the Marc Jacobs collection personally, you can’t sell it. It makes no sense; criminals really don’t think things through. I remember when a car was broken into at the local skating rink during the holidays. Someone broke the driver’s side window and took the guy’s cell phone, CDs and other miscellaneous items. The passenger side window was rolled down. The thief could have simply reached in and taken what he wanted because the guy forgot to roll up his window. Now the guy has lost his stuff and has a window to repair, thanks local criminal.

I’ve been told that many crimes are crimes of opportunity. Someone leaves a car window down, or packages in plain sight, which leads to a vehicle break-in. Other times it appears as if the crime is given a little thought, as in the case of fraud. Either way, it is important not to become a victim of crime, especially in the jewelry business. Lock up your goods, be an aware consumer and ask for certification on large diamond purchases. On the plus side all these interesting and bizarre stores of crimes and fashion, they make for good reading.

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