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Here’s the Answer to April’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




Our April winner, Eric Phillips, owner of Carats by Eric in Elk River, MN, says that for many years customers would enter his then mall-based store on an almost weekly basis to tell him about the beautiful lab-created gemstones that the chain store around the corner was offering. Once he had managed to put together a collection of natural alexandrite, his stock reply became: Well, our alexandrite was created by God in five different countries. Take a look. 

“We actually sold quite a number of natural alexandrites this way,” he recalls with great satisfaction.

And also our Honorary Mentions

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers      
Wayzata, MN

Allan Altman
Altman  Appraisals   
Dallas, GA

Jas Athwal     
Susan Bella Jewelry 
Allentown, PA

Robert Ball    
Henry B. Ball Co.      
Canton, OH


Annamarie Bara         
Chicago, IL

Cassandra Bazos      
Acadian Jewels         
Montreal, Quebec

Alexandra Bragg
Elder Jewelry 
Bellevue, NE

Megan Brown
Holland’s Jewelry
San Angelo, TX 

Joe Billesbach           
Beatrice, NE

Brenda Boyd
Johannes Hunter Jewelers  
Colorado Springs, CO


John Brockhaus        
Brockhaus Jewelry   
Norman, OK

Mike Burnette           
Gem Shopping Network      
Duluth, Ga

Earl Butler    
K E Butler & Co Jewelers     
Vidalia, Ga

Nan Butler    
Skatell’s Manufacturing Jewelers   
Mt Pleasant, SC

John Caruso  
Gemological Evaluation & Marketing Services, Inc.          
Danvers, MA

Bryan Cavitt  
Images Jewelers, Inc
Elkhart, IN


Jane Chen      
Opal Fields    
Honolulu, HI

Dustin Corbin
Wholesale Jewelry and Loans
Huntsville, Al 

Katherine Cotterill
EAT Gallery 
Maysville, KY

Dan Deans    
Sterling, VA

Greg DeMark
Greg DeMark
Longmont, CO

Monica Denning       
Gems and Treasures of Grace        
York, PA

Katie Dye       
J. David Jewelry        
Tulsa, OK

Michael Ellis  
Ellis Jewelers
Frankfort, IN

Rachel Ennari           
Westgate Jewelers   
Bethlehem, PA

Sarena Ferguson       
Colonial Jewelers     
Frederick, MD

Charles Ganske         
Charles Ganske Personal Jeweler  
Urbandale, IA

Presley Garrett         
Carreras Jewelers    
Richmond, VA

Rita Gierten   
Straith’s Jewelers     
Centralia, IL

Steve Glazer  
Windsor Jewelers    
Charlotte, NC

Aimee Hanna
Alexander and Lehnert Fine Jewelry         
Asheville, NC

Jonathan Hart           
Karen’s Jewelers      
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell 
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Anne Henderson      
Henderson and Co Jewelers           
Mechanicsburg, PA

Sarah Henderson     
David Douglas Jewelers      
Excelsior, MN

Merri Hollinger 
DK Jewelers 
Westminster, MD

Duff Hufford 
Huffords Jewelry      
Saint Louis, MO

Gary Hurdle  
Casa de Oro Jewelers           
Corpus Christi, TX

Vince Isaacson          
Lake Street Diamond Company      
Kitkland,  WA

Lyla Ismael    
Lyla Jewelers
Oak Lawn, IL

Kathy  Jenkins           
Bravo Jewellers        
Carlsbad, CA

Tiffany Johnson        
Kay Jewelers
Atlantic City, NJ

Corey  Johnston        
Day’s Jewelers          
Auburn, ME

Marta  Jones-Couch  
Elements, Ltd.           
Des Moines, IA

Trisha Joseph
Josephs Jewelers      
West Des Moines, IA

Jean Jung       
Gold Dreams 
San Anselmo. CA

Inez Kennedy
Garland Jewelers      
Renton, WA

Doug Kerns   
Bettendorf, IA

Edwin La Rosa         
Clifton, NJ

Eric Laker     
Draper, UT

MaryAnne LaRussa  
Futer Bros. Jewelers
York, PA

Amanda Lawrence   
Ann Arbor, MI

Troy Lob       
Liberty Diamonds    
Irvine, CA

Brenda Logue           
Brenda G       
Leakey, TX

April Lundborg        
Leonard’s Jewelry    
Wauconda, IL

Robert Lurie 
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator  
Cape Town, South Africa

Pattiann Mayabb      
Park Hill Jewelers     
North Little Rock, AR

Patrick McNeill         
Garwood’s Jeweler’s
Fort Collins, CO

Scott McQuaid           
In House Jewelers    
Phoenix, MD

Elizabeth Menard     
Romm Diamonds     
Brockton, MA

Betty Methvin           
Whitlock Jewelry Store        
Eufaula, AL

Jerrod Nutt    
Thacker Jewelry       
Lubbock, TX

Kaitlyn O’Neill           
N.L. Shaw and Company      
Mystic, CT

Heather Olson          
Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds  
West Bend, WI

Kendra Ostrinski      
Ware Jewelers          
Auburn, AL

Phyllis Painter           
Lesley Ann Jewels    
Houston, TX

Usman Parekh           
Crown Jewelers        
Norman, OK

Sarah Patty   
Ware Jewelers          
Spanish Fort, AL

Billie-Jo Knoll Phillips
Amidon Jewelers
Keene, NH 

Rachel Pfeiffer 
Lane & Kate
Cincinnati, OH 

Diana Foos Pollard
Earthstones – The Solitaire
Brighton, CO

Elizabeth Puckett      
Hillcrest Designer Jewelry  
Little Rock, AR

Rebekah Reitz
Laney’s Diamonds & Jewelry
Williamsburg, VI 

Anthony Richards    
Bob Richards Jewelers Inc. 
Germantown, TN

Brennan Richardson
Escanaba, MI

Kelly Robertson       
Wm. Marken Jewelers         
Bloomington, IN

Mark Rozanski          
Goldart Jewellery Studio Inc.          
Ottawa, IL

Julie Rubel     
Spartanburg, SC

Irene Schrowang      
Schneiders Jewelers
Kingston, NY

Kate Seville   
Artisans Unlimited   
Bucyrus, OH

Dottie Sheth  
Lika Behar Collection          
Carlstadt, NJ

Hannah Simmler      
Keith Field Goldsmith          
Brunswick, ME

Kimberly Smith
Davidson Jewelers,
East Moline, IL

Rebecca Sorgen        
Miner’s Den Jewelers          
Royal Oak, MI

Katie Soule
Springers Jewelers
Portland, ME

Mona Springis-Doss 
Stones Throw Gallery          
St. Peter, MN

Laura Stanley
Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler     
Little Rock, AZ

Wendy Swann
Hopman Jewelers
Elkhart, IN 

Robyn Tapley
Alexander and Lehnert Fine Jewelry         
Asheville, NC

Mary Van Buer         
Expressions LTD      
Davenport, IA

Gary Wakefield         
Diamonds Direct      
Richmond, VA

Eric Wall        
Morgan Jewelers      
St. George, UT

Jarven Warren          
Martin Jewelry          
Omaha, NE

Alex Weil       
Martin’s Jewelry       
Torrance, CA

Colleen Weimar
Kay Cameron Jewelers
Sayville, NY

Angela Welch
Lucido Fine Jewelery           
Sterling Heights, MI

Evelin Wharram      
Wharram’s Jewellery           
Leamington, Ontario

Randy Wiese 
R.C. Wiese, Inc.          
Fort Wayne, IN

Janet Williams           
Good Day Media       
San Marcos

Marion Woodbury   
Larsen’s Jewelry      
Waterville, ME

Ashton Woolley        
Yates & Co Jewelers 
Modesto, CA

Olivia Zale     
Artistry, Ltd  
Skokie, IL

Kathy  Zaltas 
Zaltas Gallery of Fine Jewelry         
Mamaroneck, NY

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



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This Gem Looks Like Amethyst, Has A Color Range Like Quartz, But Isn’t Often Used In Jewelry

Yet, there’s hardly a gemologist who doesn’t own at least one specimen.




A CLASSIC GEMOLOGY LESSON is to place me beside amethyst and see who — based on color alone — can tell us apart (it is but folly to try). While purple is my hallmark color, it is but just one in my wide spectrum. In terms of range of color, I am rivaled only by quartz. And whereas some varieties of quartz can dazzle, I glow. I am luminescent, sometimes even phosphorescent. I’m also pretty darn useful. I am used as a flux in the production of steel and aluminum, as an added mineral in water, to make camera lenses and telescopes. The one area I’m not so commonly employed is jewelry — too soft they say. Still there’s hardly a budding gemologist in the world who doesn’t own at least one specimen of me.

Who am I?

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Here’s the Answer to October’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




OLE! OLE! OLE! It’s to the sound clacking castanets we announce this month’s winner – Tom Nelson, owner of Nelson Jewelry in Spencer, IA, who correctly surmised that October’s mystery gem was none other than Andalusite. Well done, Tom. Please wear your Gem Quiz t-shirt with pride. And congratulations also to everyone on our Honorable Mentions list, who also submitted the correct answer.

Honorable Mentions

Andrea D. Adamksy
Harris Jeweler
Troy, OH

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

Sheela Agrawal
Best Bargains
Toronto, ON, Canada

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

David Blitt
Troy Shoppe Jewellers
Calgary, Alberta, CA

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Dan Broadbent
The Jeweler’s Bench
Provo, UT

Heather Burleson
Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers
Lexington, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Clinton Township, MI

Linda Carey
Jewelers Workshop
Madison, WI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Samantha Chiafullo
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Carol Cusato
West Bloomfield, MI

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Amber Edwards
Garden of Gems Custom Jewelry
Pinole, CA

Scott Falconer
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Farnes
Revolution Jewelry Works
Colorado Springs, CO

Kathy Favelson
Kezzo Jewelry
Forest Hills, NY

Annie Feliciano
Smythe & Cross
Fine Jewelry
Los Altos, CA

Suzie Gentleman
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Karen Greaton
Allure by Greaton’s Jewelers
Stillwater, MN

Dave Griffon
Griffon Jewelers
Bellville, OH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley Sumter
Sumter, SC

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co. Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

David Hezlep
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth Irvin
Sid Potts Inc
Shreveport, LA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Brittany Jaykins
Kenny G. & Co. Fine Jewelers
Reno, NV

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Nanci Knott
Nanci Knott & Co.
Mountainside, NJ

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Tonya LaBor
Albert F. Rhodes Jewelers
Wilmington, NC

Cindy Lang
Ellis Jewelers, Inc.
North Little Rock, AR

Tess Lannan
On The Rocks Jewelry
Sheridan, WY

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Pat Leggett
Charles Lynn Jewelers
Abilene, TX

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
The Definitive Collection
Winter Park, FL

Kristina Mann
Kellers Jewellers
Lantzville, BC

Abby Mason
John Atencio
Denver, CO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Cheryl Mayo
Leightons Fine Diamonds
Merced, CA

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Patrick McNeill
Fort Collins, CO

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Bridgewater, MA

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Deric Metzger
DeMer Jewelry
Oceanside, CA

Kathryn Miller
Mill Creek Jewelers
Mill Creek WA

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Erica Nash
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Rick Otte
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jeweler
St Louis, MO

John Paul
John Paul’s Jewelers
Columbus, GA

Andrew Paetzold
Andrew Paetzold Design
Aurora, IL

Amanda Pitzer
Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry
Morgantown, WV

Alexandra Renteria
Jensen Jewelers of Idaho
Twin Falls, ID

Amy Rhea
Foster’s Fine Jewelry
Knoxville, TN

Caitlin Richman
Michael C Fina
New York City

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Jeffrey Seymour
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Megan Sherrer-Neel
Lou’s Jewelry
Mobile, AL

Justin Smith
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Candy Smith
Weaver’s Apparel & Fine Jewelry
Brewton, AL

Tim Staton
Alaska Gold ‘N’ Gems Fine Jewelry & Design Center
Fairbanks, AK

David Stensrud
Sioux Falls, SD

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Diane Thielker
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Munya Avigail Upin
Alchemy 9.2.5
Belmont, MA

Doreen Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers
Bethlehem, PA

Deborah Vattelana
R. Bruce Carson Jewelers
Hagerstown, MD

Michael Vesely
The Vault at Kolman & Co
Murrysville, PA

Radu Vidrascu
Stefan Otter Jewelers
Rochester, NY

Monica Walker
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Erika Weston
Krikawa Jewelry Designs
Tucson, Arizona

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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“Poor Man’s Alexandrite” They Call Me, But I Am Rich In History And Beauty

My name is based on my original homeland.




THINK BULLFIGHTING, FLAMENCO and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles and you’re likely to think of greater Spain. But you should actually be thinking of my original homeland, from which I take my name, and which served as their cultural cradle. “Poor man’s alexandrite” they sometimes call me, but it depends on what you mean by poor, I say, because I am rich in history and rich in beauty. And when cutters succeed in bringing out the best of my pleochroism I am unlike any other gem — full of earthy color play and distinct personality. Olé!

Who am I?

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