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MAXIXE BERYL: FADING BEAUTY IN COURT A recent court ruling in Singapore could have far-reaching effect on legal cases involving disclosure of gem treatment. Judge G.P. Selvam ordered House of Hung of Singapore to refund a reported $485,177 to a plaintiff who bought a parcel of beryl from the company in 1988. Included in the parcel were 27 or 28 maxixe (pronounced ma-SHE-she) beryls. The buyer sent the gems to the Gubelin Gemmological Laboratory in Switzerland, which noted the maxixes were treated and that they lose color saturation under strong illumination. The buyer wasn't informed of this characteristic when he bought the stones, which he intended for resale, so he demanded a refund. The company refused, saying the invoice (which the buyer signed) noted the gems were maxixe and that they weren't returnable. The company also said maxixe beryls don't fade as quickly as once thought
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