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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     
1000051658465      
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 November’s Gem Quiz

A Minneapolis gallery manager is our winner this month.

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THE WINNER of our November Gem Quiz was Elaine Palmer, gallery manager at Stephen Vincent Design in Minneapolis, MN, who correctly deduced the gemstone was diaspore. Well done, Elaine (who, if you’re wondering, is wearing all Yossi Harari jewelry in this photo), and all those who made it to our Honorable Mentions list below.

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs
Plymouth, MN

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

Caroline Berrettini
Caroline W Berrettini Gemologist, LLC
West Hartford, CT

Jeff Briceland
Thom Duma Jewelers
Warren, OH

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Anna Crosby
Starblaze Jewelers
Tucker, GA

Dan Deans
Asurion
Sterling, VA

Vilija Folger
Gem Zone
New Hope, PA

Dena Forte
QVC/HSN
St. Petersburg, FL

Steve Gallagher

Steve Glazer
Windsor Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

David Hermann
Appraisals Fine Jewelry
Longwood, FL

Gary Hurdle
Casa de Oro
Corpus Christi, TX

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Veronica Kelly
Mulloys Fine Jewelry
Carlsbad CA

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

Rika Larson
The Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Marissa Lockwood
Austin’s Fine Jewelry
Las Cruces, NM

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s Jewelers
Fort Collins, CO

Paula Morgan
TravelWares
Hollywood, FL

Steffanie O’Sulliva
Abbott Taylor Jewelers
Tucson, AZ

Phyllis Painter
Lesley Ann Jewels
Houston, TX

Brennan Richardson
Richardson Jewelers
Escanaba, MI

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelers
Centralia, IL

Abigail Simpson
Darvier Custom Jewelry
Fort Collins, CO

Noel Slack
G. Allan Jewelers
Minneapolis, MN

Katrina Sustachek
Rasmussen Diamonds
Racine, WI

Diane Thielker
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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This Gem Is Like Quartz, but a Lot Wetter

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If it weren’t for my high water content (anywhere between 3-20 percent), they say I’d basically be quartz. Which to me is like saying that if Lake Superior didn’t have water it’d be a prairie. Huh! A lake is a lake and quartz I am not. What I am is a soft, delicate, HYDRATED silicate of a certain healthy hue that is sometimes referred to as quinzite (and which yes OK, under some conditions can look like quartz).
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There’s a Fungus Among Us, But It’s Definitely Not This Gem

Identify me to win a free t-shirt in INSTORE’s monthly contest.

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I don’t blame René Just Haüy; he just wanted a Greek-inspired name that reflected the way I “scatter” when put to the blowpipe flame. Still, my name evokes images of toenail fungus in the minds of many. So it’s no surprise I’ve become better known by trade names such as csarite, ottomanite, turkizite, and zultanite, which play on my connections to the Anatolian Mountains, the only place I’m found in gem quality.

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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.

 

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