Michigan, Alabama Jewelers Hit by Scandals

Two local independent jewelers are in hot water for alleged stone-switching. In Killen, Ala., Craig Jewelers has been the subject of three investigative stories on station WAFF in Huntsville, charging the store with selling cubic zirconia misrepresented as a diamond, and switching an elderly woman's 18k wedding ring for a 10k ring. Investigative reporter Melissa Meagher of WAFF says that every time they air a report, they hear from customers worried about something Wallace sold them. "Local jewelers have been swamped with appraisals," she said. "The police are definitely investigating, and we have a couple who will likely file a lawsuit against [the jeweler]." So far, however, no formal charges have been brought. Craig Jewelers referred JCK to its lawyer, Tim Case, who did not return a phone call for comment. In Paw Paw, Mich., Randy Block, 43, of Block Jewelers, has been charg

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