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And the Answer to February’s Gem Quiz Was …

And congratulations to the winner.




And the Answer to February’s Gem Quiz Was …

HARD LIKE IRON,” one contestant commented on his entry form. We think he was referring to the properties of Almandine, not February’s Gem Quiz. It certainly wasn’t too difficult for Irene Schrowang from Schneider’s Jewelers in Kingston, NY. She guessed the gemstone correctly and takes home this month’s grand prize – a Gem Geek t-shirt. Well done, Irene, and all our equally smart Honorable Mentions. Thanks everyone for playing. A new Gem Quiz will be posted soon.

Honorary Mentions

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs Fine Jewelry & Custom Design
Plymouth, MN

Greg Austin

Lee Ayers Jewelers
Stevens Point, WI

Matthew Baker
Sanders Diamond Jewelers
Pasadena, MD

Caroline Berrettini
New England Gem Lab
West Hartford, CT

Gino Blando, Sr
G. Blando Jewelers, Inc.
Countryside, IL

Tom Borowski
Gold Creations
Brookfield, WI

Denis Boulle
de Boulle
Dallas, Texas

Sarah Chacon
Fred Meyer Jewelers
Salem, OR

Lisa-Marie Delgado
Gary J Long Jewelers
Stockton, CA

Ed Fey
Fey & Co
Naperville, IL

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Marcy Higashi
Louis Anthony Jewelers
Pittsburgh PA

Rachel Ingle
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Natalya Johnson
Seattle Diamonds
Seattle, WA

Cindy Lanoux
Pattons Fine Jewelry
Baton Rouge, LA

Deb Lewandowski
Krieger Jewelers
Appleton, WI

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers
High Ridge, MO

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Candace Mangiaracina 
Pattons Fine Jewelry
Alexandria, LA

Mandy Mott
Greenleaf & Crosby
Palm Beach, FL

Emily Ruffin
Emily Benoist Ruffin Design
Taos, NM

Kate Shay
Scott & Co Fine Jewelers
New Oxford, PA

Dharti Sheth
Lika Behar Collecton
Carlstadt, NJ

Ashley Staples
Ehrhart’s Jewelers
Denton, TX

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Katrina Sustachek
Rasmussen Diamonds
Racine, WI

Jeff Teel
Stuart Benjamin & Co.
San Diego, CA

Brian Wilson
Royal Diadem Jewelers
Greensboro, NC




This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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