For Immediate Release
Nassau County Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Roger C. Bogsted announced a crackdown on the sale of under-karated gold jewelry in Nassau County. Six jewelry stores were caught selling merchandise that tested below the Federal Trade Commission's 13.9 karat standard.
"Merchants who sell these under-karated items, and the manufacturers who produce them are blatantly stealing from consumers," Bogsted said. "They are also undercutting the sales of legitimate jewelers by passing off fakes as bargain-priced 14 karat jewelry." Of the 28 pieces of jewelry the investigators bought from 22 locations, 6 pieces were analyzed and found to be significantly under-karated. These stores have been charged with Unconscionable and Deceptive Trade Practices. Penalties range from $2500 for first time offenders to $5,000 for repeat offenders. Commissioner Bogsted advised that shoppers should be wary of items that do not bear any trademark or quality stamp, have rough edges, or a green cast.
"The results of this investigation should serve to alert consumers," Bogsted said. "If you're shopping for good jewelry, do business with stores that have a solid reputation and stand behind the quality of their product."
Contact: James Reed
County of Nassau, Office of Consumer Affairs
The Office of Consumer Affairs’ vision, in partnership with the citizens and businesses of Nassau County, and federal, state, and local enforcement agencies, is to eliminate fraudulent business practices; protect the county and its citizens; strengthen the County’s economic base; engender community and business trust; expand community outreach; and enhance the quality of life of the Nassau County Community.