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Sheriff Investigating South Carolina Jeweler After Customers Allege Diamond Swapping

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Neighboring jewelers say they’ve heard rumors of swapping for years.

The former owner of Dorchester Jewelers in Summerville, SC is being investigated by the local sheriff’s office after multiple customers accused the jeweler of diamond swapping, News 2 reports.

The article says that one customer, Diane Sarrocco, claims that the store owner, Jill Henry, offered a great deal on what was supposedly a diamond ring. “Once I received the ring, I made the comment the day I picked it up, ‘this looks so big it almost looks fake’,” Sarrocco recalls. But then Sarrocco took the ring to an appraiser, who said it was actually cubic zirconia. “My reaction was just shocked, and I have to let Jill know that she’s dealing with unethical people here, and then I realized it was… Jill knew about this, she had to have a part in this. I just felt so betrayed.”

Dorchester Jewelers recently closed for business, and when News 2 visited Henry to ask about the accusations, she didn’t come to the door.

The news outlet also spoke with other local jewelers, who said they’ve heard similar accusations made against Dorchester Jewelers for years.

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