Disclosure of Another Kind As an appraiser and gemologist as well as a retailer, I am disturbed by some other retailers’ lack of, or disregard for, disclosure on durability issues for specific stones. Tanzanite, the latest craze with consumers, is beautiful and appropriate for earrings, pins, and pendants but inappropriate for rings and bracelets for everyday wear. People who have purchased this stone come in for repair or appraisal and learn that the newly acquired item is damaged already. Give it a year or two, and the stone looks like a frosted cabochon. It is very difficult to professionally explain why the “other jeweler” didn’t share this information before the customer bought the ring. Princess-cut and baguette-cut diamonds are another problem I encounter. Even though diamond is the hardest gem, it’s not the toughest. It’s been my experience that diamonds with 90-d

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