Appeals Court Sides With Bronstein in Aurora Gems Suit

A New York appeals court has upheld a Jan. 2013 judgment in favor of colored-diamond expert Alan Bronstein, in a case that had challenged Bronstein’s stake in the famed Aurora Gems collection.

The case pitted Bronstein against family members of his late business partner and stepfather, Harry Rodman. Rodman’s grandnephew David Gould had asked the court to set aside his granduncle’s 2006 transfer of his 50 percent share in the colored-diamond collection to Bronstein for $10,000.

The trial drew noted trade names as expert witnesses, including GCAL’s Don Palmieri for the plaintiffs, and Antoinette Matlins and Gail Brett Levine for the defense, who clashed on how to value the collection.

But Judge Lee L. Holzman ruled there was nothing wrong with the deal, noting that Rodman thought of Bronstein as a son. The court of appeals unanimously agreed.

Bronstein tells JCK: “It has been a long and painful six years of defending [myself] against many false accusations…. I want to put this behind me now and finish the goals for the Aurora Pyramid of Hope and Butterfly of Peace that has been my mission for 30 years and was Harry Rodman’s dream to see realized.”

Gould’s attorney did not return a phone call from JCK.

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