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Gem Quiz: Named for a Great Czar, I Stylishly Change from Green to Red

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AlexandriteThis gem is named for a great czar. Credit: Omi Gems.

A lot of things can turn from green to red — an upcoming traffic light, a watermelon dropped from the third floor, a frog in a blender — but none of them do it with as much style as I. The Imperial Russians were so amazed at my ability to change colors they made me their national gemstone and gave me the name of their last great czar. Unfortunately, it turned out our fates were somewhat intertwined. The Russian royal family’s demise matched the depletion of my primary source in the Urals, and for much of the last century I’ve been little more than a museum piece. That has changed in recent years thanks to new finds in Brazil and Sri Lanka. Shine a light. I’m ready for a new change.

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This Gemstone Came in Handy on the Vikings’ Epic Voyages

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I WAS NAMED AFTER the Greek word for violet, but when a certain angle of light strikes, I can range from blue to a yellowish gray. Legend has it that Viking explorers used me on their epic ventures into the Atlantic Ocean as a polarizing filter. If they’d happened to stop by Connecticut, they could have stocked up on fresh supplies of me, although I am found in more plentiful supply in Sri Lanka, Burma, Australia, Brazil, and Madagascar.

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Here’s the Answer to May’s Gem Quiz

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THE WINNER OF our May Gem Quiz was Jonathan Hart, co-owner of Karen’s Jewelers in Oak Ridge, TN, who correctly answered demantoid garnet. Colored gemstone knowledge is a point of pride at Karen’s, which last year put on an exhibition of more than 60,000 gems from around the world. Congratulations to Jonathan, and our honorary mentions below. Well done!

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

Glenda Argo
Argo & Lehne Jewelers
Columbus, OH

Idar Bergseth
Idar
Victoria, BC, Canada

Brenda Boyd
Johannes Hunter Jewelers
Colorado Springs, CO

Jana Bryson
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Duluth, GA

Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers
Elkhart, IN

Jascha Chiaverini
The Diamond & Gold Outlet,
Napoleon, OH

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Susan DeVore
Diamontrigue of Lubbock & Royal Hummingbird Studio
Lubbock, TX

Bret Dougherty
Studio 2015 Jewelry
Woodstock, IL

Shaun Duran
Kenny G & Company
Reno, NV

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Steve Glazer
Windsor Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Lance Glenn
Idar
Victoria, BC, Canada

Bruce Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Christina Grande
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Michael Guadagno
G&W Jewelers
Milltown, NJ

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge TN

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths,
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Linda Horrell
MarBill Diamonds and Jewelry
Belle Vernon, PA

Elizabeth Irvin
Sid Potts Inc
Shreveport, LA

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Rochelle Levine Klieger
Ruby and Sons
Endwell, NY

Natali Kragh
Stephen Isley Jewelry
Whitefish, MT

Cindy Lang
Ellis Jewelers
North Little Rock, AR

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Howard Leong
Golden Image Jewelers
Camarillo, CA

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Nadia Lorr
Steve Quick Jeweler
Chicago, IL

Nina Mahl
Be On Park Fine Jewelry
Winter Park, FL

Emory Markette
J Green & Co
Waycross, GA

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Christine Meyers
Roemer Originals
St Charles, MO

Lori Moyer
L. Moyer Designs
State College, PA

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Cara Olson
Stambaugh Jewelers
Defiance, OH

Phyllis Painter
Designer Jewels
Houston, TX

John Paul
John Paul’s Jewelers
Columbus, GA

Emily Ruffin
Emily Benoist Ruffin Design, LLC
Taos, NM

Jim Saylor
Jim Saylor jewelers
Kapaa, HI

Linda Soule
Van Rensselaer Jewelers
Billings, MT

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

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I Am the Finest Green Garnet

A true son of the Russian soil that was a favorite of Carl Fabergé.

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I AM THE MOST precious of garnets, with a green beauty that almost rivals the best emeralds. My fire and brilliance have inspired allusions to the mighty diamond, while my powers of dispersion are unmatched. I enjoyed a golden age not long after my discovery in the Ural Mountains in the 1860s, and was a favorite of Carl Fabergé and the Russian court. But my star dimmed in the years after World War I as the new Soviet Union withdrew into its own world. Today, I am more likely to hail from Namibia, but it is still as a son of the Russian soil, with horsetail inclusions, that I command the best prices.

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