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Here’s the Answer to April’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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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

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Annamarie Bara       
Choose-Your-Gift.com         
Chicago, IL

Cassandra Bazos      
Acadian Jewels         
Montreal, Quebec

Alexandra Bragg
Elder Jewelry 
Bellevue, NE

Megan Brown
Holland’s Jewelry
San Angelo, TX 

Joe Billesbach           
Leo’s  
Beatrice, NE

Brenda Boyd
Johannes Hunter Jewelers  
Colorado Springs, CO

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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

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Jane Chen      
Opal Fields    
Honolulu, HI

Dustin Corbin
Wholesale Jewelry and Loans
Huntsville, Al 

Katherine Cotterill
EAT Gallery 
Maysville, KY

Dan Deans    
Asurion         
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   
Gemvision     
Bettendorf, IA

Edwin La Rosa         
Ayen’s
Clifton, NJ

Eric Laker     
Lashbrook    
Draper, UT

MaryAnne LaRussa  
Futer Bros. Jewelers
York, PA

Amanda Lawrence   
Abracadabra 
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
Richardson   
Escanaba, MI

Kelly Robertson       
Wm. Marken Jewelers         
Bloomington, IN

Mark Rozanski          
Goldart Jewellery Studio Inc.          
Ottawa, IL

Julie Rubel     
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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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Here’s the Answer to March’s Gem Quiz

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LOTS AND LOTS of correct answers in March, but there could be only one winner and the jeweler to emerge victorious from the scrum and claim this month’s super-cool Gem Geek t-shirt was Tom Wiggins from Werkheiser Jewelers in Bethlehem, PA. Well done, Tom and everyone else who correctly answered bloodstone. We’ll have to try to give you a sterner test in future.

Honorary Mentions

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs
Plymouth, MN

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

Lisa Anderson
Gemma Gallery
Pinehurst, NC

Kristi Andrist
The Jewelry Exchange
Enumclaw, WA

JoAnn Baquera
La Masters of Fine Jewelry
Murrieta, CA

John Berry
Berry’s Jewelers
Corpus Christi, TX

Linda Bickel
Champagne Jewelers
Slidell LA

Jennefer Blostein
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Chris Brown
Thurbers Jewelers
Wadsworth, OH

Marianne Bryan
One of a Kind Jewelry Inc
Spring Hill, FL

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers
Elkhart, IN

Dan Deans
Asurion
Sterling, VA

JC Dumas
Goldworks Gallery
San Diego, CA

Shaun Duran
Kenny G & Company
Reno, NV

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Christine Edlund
Stuart Benjamin & Co.
San Diego, CA

Eileen Eichhorn
Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc.
Decatur, IL

Matt Ervin
Regard Jewelry
Austin, TX

David Fairclough
David Fairclough Jewelers
Toledo, OH

Damianne Felton
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

BJ Foremsn
Boris Litwin Jewelers
Cincinnati, OH

Dena Forte
QVC/HSN – Qurate Retail Group
Tampa, FL

Susan Francis
Jewels That Dance
Asheville, NC

Summer Friesen
Creative Goldsmiths
Langley, BC

Steve Gallagher
Marshall Granger Jewelers
Cold Spring, KY

Steven Glazer
Windsor Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Bruce Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Christina Grande
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Mitsuko Hashimoto
Shinjyujewelry Co.
Watsonville, CA

Romney Hayden
Celebrity Gems & Jewelry
San Diego, CA

Selma Heikkinen
Fair Bank and Perry
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Linda Horrell
Marbill Diamonds And Jewelry
Belle Vernon, PA

Gordon Huff
Huff’s Fine Jewelry Inc.
Fredericktown, OH

Marisa Imon
Amidon Jewelers
Keene, NH

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Victoria Kerkela
John Michael Matthews Fine Jewelry
Vero Beach, FL

Nancy King
King’s Jewelry
Plymouth, IN

Robert Knupfer
Knupfer International Gems
New York, NY

David Kopelman
International Diamond Center
Tampa, FL

Natali Kragh
Stephen Isley Jewelry
Whitefish, MT

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Mary Krasowski
Krasowski Jewelry
Salmon, ID

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Klaus Kutter
A Jour Jewelry
Bristol, RI

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

Rika Larson
Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Howard Leong
Golden Image Jewelers
Camarillo, CA

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Connie Lovell
Woodard’s Diamonds and Design
Estill Springs, TN

Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Lisa Marturano
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

Jennifer McCoy
McCoy Jewelers
Dubuque, IA

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Andrew Mendoza
Hurst Gold and Silver
Hurst, TX

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Jamie Norton
Holliday Jewelry
Klamath Falls, OR

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Kaitlyn ONeill
N.L. Shaw & Company
Mystic, CT

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Usman Parekh
Crown Jewelers
Norman, OK

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jewelers
St Louis, MO

Ann-Marie Partin
Huntington Fine Jewelers
Oklahoma City, OK

Sarah Patty
Ware Jewelers
Spanish Fort, AL

Lindsay Petty
Diamonds & More Jewelers
Farmington, MO

Kara Pfleger
John E. Koller Jewelry Designs
Owasso, OK

Alain Planche
Direct Jewelry Outlet
Falls Church, VA

Chuck Pollak
Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Victor, NY

Brennan Richardson
Richardson Jewelers
Escanaba, MI

Aliya Riggs
Barry Peterson Jewelers
Hailey, ID

Joe Romano
Steelecroft Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Mark Ruby
SunSpirit Designs
Loveland, CO

Bopie Sackos
Bopies Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
Fayetteville, NC

Michael Salem
K. Martin Jeweler
Dodge City, KS

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelers
Centralia, IL

Daniel Schwieterman
Regard Jewelry
Austin, TX

Laura Sipe
JC Sipe Inc
Indianapolis, IN

Maggie Slifer
Bichsel Jewelry
Sedalia, MO

Rebecca Sorgen
Miner’s Den Jewelers
Warren, MI

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Fall,s SD

Sadie Stevens
Sullivan’s Jewelers
Melbourne, FL

David Stewart
Stewart’s Jewelry
Wichita, KS

Marissa Stewart
Yates & Co Jewelers
Modesto, CA

Danessa Swartz
Stewart’s Jewelry
Wichita, KS

Jo Ann Tracy
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Metairie, LA

Allan Uyesugi
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Tustin, CA

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

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

Tracy Wilke
G. H. Wilke & Co.
San Gabriel, CA

Connie Wilson
Treiber & Straub Jewelers
Brookfield, WI

Tim Wright
Simply Unique Jewelry Designs
Yorktown, VA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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