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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.



When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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