Arrests in Malaga for Diamond Scam

The gem was actually a spinel.

Three people were arrested in Malaga for selling a gem for €600 having passed it off as a black diamond.

 

The gem was actually a spinel, a magnesium aluminium mineral, for which they had obtained a false authenticity certificate issued by an expert. 

One of the detainees, aged 72, bought such gems online at a reduced price and took them to an expert who would provide him with a certificate for €35. It certified that they were diamonds.

He then sold one to another man, who, after realising it was not real, sold it on.

The gem expert claimed that he had made a mistake on the certificate, but police proved it is impossible to mistake one gem for another. 

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