BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A local jeweler is accused of selling fake diamonds out of his shop on Main Street, in Williamsville. Amherst Police say Paul Blarr, owner of RSNP Diamond Exchange, was selling customers fake diamonds.
At Scanlon Jewelers, Todd Scanlon is testing diamonds free of charge for former customers of RSNP Diamond Exchange. Scanlon said, “I feel as bad as they do. That’s the best way to put it, because there is nothing you can do.”
The news of Blarr’s arrest was not a surprise to at least one customer. She says she reported Blarr to police a year and a half ago.
Mary Ann said, “I was appalled he took advantage of me. Because I brought him a lot of business.”
Mary Ann says she has a keen eye and felt there was something wrong with her diamond. She got it checked out, just like other customers are now doing. When she learned it was fake, she says she told police.
“I couldn’t believe it. I could not believe my ears. I just drove right down here and confronted him,” said Mary Ann.
She says Blarr had excuses, Mary Ann said, “Blaming three other people. Blaming his diamond dealer. Blaming his employees.”
Blarr eventually gave her money back.
Scanlon says the fake diamond he’s finding in some of Blarr’s customers’ jewelry is moissanite, which is much harder to detect than a cubic zirconia. With the right tools, jewelers can spot it. Several former customers were thrilled to learn their diamonds are real.
Former customer Michelle Schmidt said, “All my diamonds seem to check out as diamonds.”
According to a sign on his business, Blarr has moved to a new location. No one was there when News 4 visited