The Old Switcheroo

Jeweler Ron Burton of Martinsville, Ind., has been charged with four counts of theft for switching customers' diamonds with synthetic moissanite. According to Indiana State Trooper William Lux, the investigation of Burton has been in full swing since last August and concluded in December when the store posted a "going out of business" sign. Reportedly, the stone switching had gone on for at least two years. Jewelers from around the community were called by Indiana State Police to aid the investigation. John G. Anderson, owner of Ellis Jewelers and the only JA member in Martinsville, identified some "diamonds" as CZ more than a year ago and has been on the alert ever since. Anderson's store is across the courthouse square from Burton's. "The customers contacted the local police, but we didn't hear or see anything after that, until now," says Anderson Al Freedman, a GIA graduate gemolo
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