The so-called GIA “Certifigate” scandal from a few years back has
once again showed up in a lawsuit.
The case, Parallel
Media vs. D & M Capital, Moty Spector, and other John Does, which was
involves two gemstones, the 15.25-carat internally flawless “The Vivid Blue” and
5.5-carat blue-green “Ocean Dream.”
The lawyers for Parallel Media assert that Spector, former principal
of Vivid Collection, submitted both stones in question to GIA. According to the legal papers …
Spector, in the course of running
his wholesale business in precious metals and rare gemstones, has likely
submitted nearly all the diamonds he purchased to GIA. This is admittedly
difficult to prove since Spector was banned from submitting diamonds to GIA in
2005, after a lawsuit was filed alleging he bribed GIA’s graders to upgrade his
reports. Spector continues to submit diamonds (including the Vivid Blue and
Ocean Dream) on behalf of D & M through third parties.
One of the measures GIA took, in the aftermath of
“Certifigate,” was to ban certain clients. If a banned client find a way to submit through third parties that would certainly seem to undermine any ban’s effectiveness.