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Updated: Owner of 3 Jewelry Stores Found Slain in New Orleans; Suspect Arrested

His death is being investigated as a homicide.

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The owner of Murphy Jewelers, which has three stores in eastern Pennsylvania, has been found dead in New Orleans.

The body of Patrick Murphy, 62, was found Thursday in a hotel room near the French Quarter, the Morning Call reports.

And a suspect is now in custody, WFMZ-TV reports.

He was the victim of “sharp force injuries,” according to the New Orleans Coroner’s Office. Police say it’s a “homicide by cutting.”

An arrest warrant was been obtained for Megan Hall, 25, on a charge of second-degree murder. Police haven’t said whether Murphy and Hall knew each other or what may have led to the killing, WNEP-TP reports.

And WFMZ now reports that Hall has turned herself into authorities.

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The Morning Call reports that Murphy was, according to friends, traveling with his wife, Kim.

Murphy Jewelers has locations in Pottsville, Hamburg and Saucon Valley, PA.

The stores were all closed on Friday, the Morning Call reports.

“He was a good man, a good father, a good husband. It’s just such a tragedy,” Robert Carl, CEO of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, was quoted saying. “It’s hard to believe and hard to accept he’s gone.”

Murphy Jewelers was honored in our 2005 America’s Coolest Stores contest.

Read more at the Morning Call

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Video: 3 Millennial Couples Reveal Their True Thoughts On Lab-Grown Diamonds

MVI Marketing has released a new video.

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MVI Marketing has released a new video in which three millennial couples reveal what they think about lab-grown diamonds.

The couples interviewed by MV Eye are all actively shopping for engagement rings.

In the video, which is under three minutes long, they’re asked about topics such as their budget, their shopping preferences and their views on lab-grown diamonds.

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GIA Identifies Mixed Natural-Synthetic Diamond

It ‘could be a new type of product entering the market.’

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The Gemological Institute of America had identified a stone that is a composite of synthetically grown and natural diamond.

It was described as a 0.64-carat fancy grayish greenish blue cushion modified brilliant. It turned out to have a “CVD synthetic diamond overgrowth,” according to GIA, which described the finding in the Spring 2019 issue of Gems & Gemology, its quarterly scientific journal.

The grayish greenish blue was caused by the gray and blue components from the CVD layer and the yellow from the substrate.

“The resulting color was likely the main motivation for growing the CVD layer on top of the natural diamond, though the extra weight gained could also be a factor,” according to the article.

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GIA added: “With the second of these composites seen at GIA, this could be a new type of product entering the market.

“Earth-grown diamonds with synthetic diamond grown on the surface require extra scrutiny due to the presence of natural-looking features, both spectroscopic and gemological. Careful inspection still reveals the presence of synthetic indicators, which expose the true nature of the diamond.”

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Jeweler Faces 33 Felony Counts for Alleged Fraud, Theft

She’s accused of passing off less expensive stones as real diamonds.

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A jeweler in Indianapolis has been arrested on 33 felony counts for allegedly selling imitation diamonds as the real thing.

Charges against 41-year-old Lora Richards, owner of Iconic Brilliance, include  theft and fraud, as well as corrupt business influence, the Indianapolis Star reports.

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Sixteen people told authorities they’d been cheated by Richards, according to the newspaper. In many instances, the stones they took home were actually moissanite.

At times she swapped out diamonds for cheaper stones when she was was supposed to be resetting the stones or putting them into a custom piece, authorities say.

The complaints against Richards date back to late 2015. In addition to diamonds, some of them involve other gems, such as emeralds.

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Richards told WTTV-TV that a broker was at fault for many of the problems.

“I bought from a broker and I was just negligent on knowing what I was buying,” she was quoted saying.

Read more at the Indianapolis Star

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