There are times the universe smiles and plops a wonderful gift right in your lap. Just now is one of them.
On May 30, 2012, the latest steaming pile of World Gem Society Newsletter, China Dealer Alert for Las Vegas Shows dropped into our inbox. It's apparently designed to fertilise the grass roots that Mr. James has been so carefully cultivating. There's certainly plenty of fetid content.
If you've read our article "I am Siam, Siam I am", you now know that items shipped from Thailand are frequently bulk shipped to Hong Kong to take advantage of Hong Kong's freeport status and significantly lower shipping rates.
Indeed, parcels bearing Hong Kong Permit No. 2206 stamps are sent via DHL consolidation services. But don't take our word for it. A simple Google search on "Permit No. 2206" + "eBay" brings this at the top of the list:
We love the parcel shown in his latest newsletter, and have even ordered from the same vendor ourselves (our parcel arrived via Thaipost). This gent is none other than Jingjaigem, the same eBay vendor who sold the 91.83 ct green sapphire to the International School of Gemology's YourGemologist last December. Mr. James must be a pack rat, as we can find no trace of his buying from Jingjaigem on eBay since last year, but he's apparently still hanging on to the packaging.
In any event, we are most grateful. Not only was the World Gem Society's head dunce kind enough to provide the exact weight of the notorious 91.83-ct notorious green sapphire in his January 17 2012 newseletter, he's now presented us with a picture of a "Jingjaigem" envelope from Thailand. Remember him? Jingjaigem, the "noted Hong Kong sapphire dealer"?
We are well past Christmas (and even Chinese New Year), but we thank you for this belated gift. If the JCK show weren't out of Dixie cups, we'd even raise our glasses in a toast.
But let's get back to that newsletter. It focuses on horrifically stained stones, including the 93.10-ct amethyst you see below right. As an aside, if given the choice, we'd probably take a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking instead of this, but we digress. The amethyst below right was apparently purchased by YourGemologist of the International School of Gemology for the princely sum of US$0.99.
We know exactly what you are thinking. Which dastardly Chinese dealer suckered the World Gem Society's Robert James into hitting the "PLEASE PLEASE BUY ME NOW" button at that ridiculous amount? And how can we punish this underhanded oriental who dares cheat the great god YOURGEMOLOGIST?
The responsible party goes by the name of MPL Thailand, operating out of that famous Chinese city called "Bangkok".
Bangkok/Hong Kong, honest mistake? Mongolia/Inner Mongolia, what's the diff? Mexico/New Mexico, York/New York, same-same, right?
In closing, we thank the International School of Gemology, the World Gem Society and Robert James for the sumptuous buffet just served up. Simply delicious.
We are the Gobsmacked Gang, those who cannot believe the things that spring from the mouth of the International School of Gemology's Robert James, the Mr. Bean of the gemmological world. Please note that the Gobsmacked Gang has nothing to do with what appears to be yet another Robert James attack site FakeGemology.com, which is designed to hurt someone making an honest attempt at teaching gemmology. Once again, as is copiously detailed on our Files page, James reveals what an evil little spawn he is. We would pray for his soul, but there is no evidence he has one. Thus we suggest a career change. A man like this certainly belongs in the Trump administration.
"If I were to catch any of my ISG Registered Gemologists or Registered Gemologist Appraisers trying to pull the stunts that you are pulling on eBay, I would pull their diplomas, publicly expel them from the ISG, and personally make sure that they did not work again in this industry with anything but a broom in their hand."
— Robert James
"They [the insurance industry] do not take kindly to frauds being perpetrated on consumers."
— Robert James
Read about the Robert James eBay fraud in our article here.