Here is a link to the article/press release posted yesterday by Robert James at the ISG. It brings to light some supposed information about DSN/Art Garabedian that could be of serious concern to consumers as well as Industry Vendors. Is this information true and correct? We don’t know, but Robert James sure posted some rather convincing proof to back up his claims!!!! In the meanwhile we will have to sit and wait and see how this plays out! In the meantime we will contact DSN about a possible comment on this press release.
I figured this is a very important situation to touch base on right now before anyone jumps in without thinking!! I would refrain from purchasing any of this material currently! There is NO proof that this material is not just the same duck as Ande-Lab dressed up with a nice new name/title! I find this slightly suspicious, to say the least, that not so long after the AGTA made their Public Announcement about:
With consumer and buyer protection in mind, the AGTA will now require its members who sell or consign any red andesine-labradorite to disclose it as diffused material, and indicate this either in plain language or by use of the industry accepted code, “U”, for diffusion*. If it can be determined that the material is natural, as in the case of particular Oregon material; then it may be disclosed as untreated.
Then suddenly a new material in the form of yet another red feldspar(which, factually to date, only naturally occurs in Oregon and NOWHERE else on the planet), looking an awfully like the Scamdesine of the past, but this time it is instead called a Sunstone! By calling it a Sunstone they actually bypass the AGTA Press Release mentioned above, if this material is indeed the same Frankenstone as before! If it is not, then why no massive news broadcast and hype that a new stone was found, like what would happen with any other legit, or even not so legit, finds!!!?? Why all hush hush and just suddenly be pushing all over the TV Shows and certain other well known Vendors’ websites as being a new stone and new find and, worst of all, that it is completely natural with no treatments!!!???? After all the news hype and legal hype that took place over the Scamdesine issue and no other red material being in existence naturally outside of Oregon, this should have been big time news, not a silent release under the radar, unless there truly is something to hide!?
And why price tags close to US$1000 from these US Sellers & Companies when Chinese wholesalers are posting same exact rings and stones for under US$30!!! The trade has some great mark-ups, no doubt folks, but come on, that is very unrealistic!
No any facts to help? Please post them! Any ideas? Post them! We need to get to the bottom of this one before it does any damage! And if it turns out to be legit, I doubt, I want to find as much info as possible since one of my personal favorites are any stones belonging to the Feldspar families of gemstones and minerals!
AGTA Requires Andesine Disclosure
Since its inception, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has required that its members disclose all known gemstone treatments at the time of consignment or sale. With this in mind, the AGTA’s Industry Rules Committee recently prepared a statement concerning the proper disclosure nomenclature for andesine. The statement was approved by the AGTA Board of Directors in their April 13th meeting.
Knoxville, TN – The temporary settlement in the andesine-labradorite class action suit against Jewelry Television was finalized Jan. 14, 2009 by the Honorable Harold Wimberly, Jr., Circuit Court Judge, Knox County, TN.
Here are some important quotes, bold added by me for importance.
Dr. Rossman found that each locality’s material has an identifiable fingerprint, leading his team to identify the gems provided by JTV and others as coming from China rather than Oregon or Mexico; he also determined that the reds and greens seen in the trade are produced by heat treatment
In spite of recent reports, many questions still linger on the Tibet mine!The andesine saga has taken a turn for the worse. It has gone from: Is it diffused? To: Who is responsible for this fraud? And indeed there are a number of players to choose from when accessing responsibility for what has turned into a multimillion dollar scandal perpetrated on consumers world wide.