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article imageDavid Ortiz swindled: Sues jeweler for selling him imitation gems

By Carol Ruth Weber     Nov 6, 2014 in Lifestyle
Boston - David Ortiz is suing a California jeweler for selling him pieces of gold and diamond jewelry that were fake or of low value. The sports star purchased the jewelry for $127,000 in 2010 before finding out its real value from an appraiser.
David Ortiz provides verification that no amount of money or stardom that one may have will allow a person to be swindle-proof. According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox is suing a California jeweler for selling him pieces of gold and diamond jewelry that were fake or of low value. The sports star purchased the jewelry for $127,000 in 2010 before finding out its real value from an appraiser.
Jewelry should be purchased from a source one trusts.
Many athletes are known to love buying fine bling to show it off. Unfortunately Ortiz was not too proactive when buying a Breitling watch with diamonds and white and yellow gold, a diamond bracelet, and a set of black diamond earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet in 2010. As reported, a civil suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 30 accuses Randy Hamida of Anaheim, Calif., and Randy’s Mens Wear, Ltd. Inc., of fraud, breach of contract, and other violations as a result from his 2010 jewelry purchase.
One should not just buy pieces from someone who approaches them, no matter how honest they may seem. Swindlers play on befriending one in order to gain trust. Whether purchasing new jewels or antique gems it is important to buy from a dealer who is reputable and a recognized authority in order to get what one pays for. Lisa Stockhammer-Mial travels worldwide as a jewelry buyer and historian, lecturing at the annual Antique Period Jewelry and Gemstone Conference and for the Gemological Institute of America. Sellers, who have a specialty in gemology, such as Stockhammer-Mial, should be able to prove their knowledge and expertise for identifying and grading diamonds and quality gemstones.
Ortiz trusted the so called jeweler who followed the athlete for years courting him to purchase jewelry. In the lawsuit, Ortiz claims that Hamida, in the guise of a dealer of luxury jewelry, “travels nationwide to Major League Baseball cities to stalk players at their hotels in an attempt to peddle his jewelry.” The suit alleges that in Sept. 2010 after being approached by Hamida, Ortiz arranged to meet him in Oct. 2010. At the time of the meeting the suit states that Hamida showed Ortiz “allegedly custom-designed jewelry of the highest quality gold, diamonds, and other precious gemstones”. Ortiz claims in his lawsuit that he paid with $80,000 check and his own jewelry estimated to be worth about $47,000.
It was not until after he had possession of his new jewelry acquisitions that Ortiz then had it appraised discovering that the jewelry was, as stated in the suit, “imitation or low-quality metal and gemstones”. This is a cautionary tale for all to follow the lead of experts, such as the American Gem Society, before making such important and expensive jewelry purchases.
Since discovering the perpetrated fraud, Ortiz attempted to return the purchase to recoup his money. As he alleges in his lawsuit Ortiz's initial attempts to contact Hamida were ignored until Hamida agreed to meet Ortiz in April 2011 at which time, according to the suit, “Hamida acknowledged to Ortiz that the jewelry was of a lesser value than he represented, and promised a full refund and a return of Ortiz’s necklace”. After not fulfilling his two promises to pay the athlete back, supposedly Hamida requested that Ortiz give him back the jewelry in order to gather the funds to pay back Ortiz. In exchange for a promise from Hamida that Ortiz would be paid back and returned a necklace that he used as partial payment, Ortiz contends in the suit that he did agree to give the jewelry back to Hamida by 2011 year's end.
The lawsuit also states that since his purchase, other players have communicated to Ortiz how Hamida “has a history of conducting himself in this manner.” Unfortunately Ortiz learned way too late of the unscrupulous practices of Hamida. Hopefully Ortiz's ordeal will serve as a wakeup call for others making jewelry purchases to seek out credible proven sellers.
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