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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 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

And congratulations to our winner.




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
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
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.




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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