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Gem Quiz: At My Radiant Orange Best, I’m a Natural for Jewelry

Color, luminosity, hardness and rarity — I’ve got it all.

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Gem Quiz: At My Radiant Orange Best, I’m a Natural for Jewelry

I OWE MY NAME to the German mountain range where I was discovered in 1832, although it was in such small quantities that I remained essentially a collector’s stone until 1991 when a rich, new deposit was found in a remote corner of Namibia. These African specimens, which became known in the market as “Mandarin Garnets,” show me at my radiant orange best. My color, luminosity, hardness and rarity combine to make me a natural for jewelry pieces.

Who am I?

Guess this gem for a chance to win a “Jewelry Geek” T-shirt. Be sure to include your full name and the name and address of your store. The contest winner will be selected from among correct answers to this question.

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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