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Here’s the Answer to August’s Gem Quiz

Congratulations to our winner, Stephanie Watkins from Marshall Granger Jewelers.

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This month’s contest was won by Stephanie Watkins from Marshall Granger Jewelers in Cold Spring, KY.

Spessartite or Spessartine? To us it’s all potatoes and we were happy to accept both (we like to think of ourselves as an inclusive organization.) Our winner this month, Stephanie Watkins from Marshall Granger Jewelers in Cold Spring, KY, prefers the former, as did a small majority of the many, correct responses this month. (Note to self – make Gem Quiz harder in future!) Congratulations, Stephanie, and all our Honorable Mentions who submitted the right answers.

Derrick Allen, Graham Jewelers, Wayzata, MN                       

Allan Altman, Altman Appraisals, Dallas, GA                        

Brandon Anthony, Chattanooga Jewelry Company, Chattanooga, TN                        

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Lorah Ashley, The Wedding Ring Shop, Honolulu, HI

Dorothy Bahnweg, Mountz Jewelers, Carlisle, PA

Marissa Barrio Lockwood, Austin’s Fine Jewelry, Las Cruces, NM                        

Lorraine Bennett, River Stone, Thornwood, NY                       

Dawn Berner, Dawn’s Jewels, Brooklyn Park, MN

Lana Blevins, Futer Bros, York, PA

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John Buechner, John Buechner Inc, Chicago, IL

Carla Capper, Capper Jewelry LLC, Iola, KS

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

Maria Cayse, Grogan Jewelers by Lon, Madison, AL

Ernie Cummings, Kizer Cummings Jewelers, Lawrence, KS

Jill Delong, Ray Eldridge Jewelry, Decatur, IL                       

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Greg DeMark, Greg DeMark, Longmont, CO

Katie Dye, J. David Jewelry, Tulsa, OK                       

Eileen Eichhorn, Eichhorn Jewelry, Decatur , IN

Michael Ellis, Ellis Jewelers, Frankfort, IN

Rachel Ennari, Murphy Jewelers, Saucon Valley, PA                       

William Falconer, Donald Haack Diamonds, Charlotte, NC

Dena Forte, HSN, Saint Petersburg, FL

Carissa Fusco, Ashley’s Distinctive Jewelry and Gifts, Windsor, CT                       

Ulises Garcia, R&N Jewelers, Margate, FL

Steve Glazer, Windsor Jewelers, Charlotte, NC

Aimee Hanna, Alexander, Lehnert & Van Dyke Asheville, Biltmore Lake, NC

Jonathan Hart, Karen’s Jewelers, Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC                       

Anne Henderson, Henderson and Co Jewelers, Mechanicsburg, PA

Shawn Higgins, D & H Jewelers, San Francisco, CA

Nikki Huddleston, Stambaugh Jewelers, Defiance, OH

Gary Hurdle, Casa de Oro Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX

Michael Jakubowski, Gem Fanatic, Port Charlotte, FL           

Karen Jirsa, Village Goldsmith, Estes Park, CO

Jeff Juhas, Juhas and Sullivan, Grand Rapids, MI

Jane Keefover, Leo’s Jewelers, Beatrice, NE                       

Veronica Kelly, Mulloys Fine Jewelry, Carlsbad, CA

Doug Kerns, Gemvision Bettendoirf, Bettendorf, IA

Kendel Ketcham, Hannoush Jewelers, Lanesboro, MA                       

Karen Kuhn, Arabesque Jewelers, High Ridge, MO 

Rika Larson, The Collector Fine Jewelry, Fallbrook, CA                       

Edwin La Rosa, AYEN’S, Clifton, NJ

DeAnn Lear, Barnes Jewelers, Goldsboro, NC

Sheri Lien, Lien’s Jewelry, Minot, ND

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

Kathleen Lyons, Zembar Jewelers, New Lenox, IL

Gary Macklin, Goodman & Sons Jewelers, Hampton, VA

Jona McCauley, B & B Jewelers, Huntsville, AL

Elizabeth Menard, Romm Diamonds, Brockton, MA

Betty Methvin, Whitlock Jewelry Store, Eufaula, AL

Risa Neuman, Aztec Jewelers, Atlanta, GA                       

Babs Noelle, Alara Jewelry, Bozeman , MT

Jamie Norton, Holliday Jewelry, Klamath Falls, OR                       

Lance Nygaard, Lance Nygaard Gems, Sioux Falls, SD

Heather Olson, Husar’s, West Bend, WI

Kendra Ostrinski, Ware Jewelers, Auburn, Al           

Phyllis Painter, Lesley Ann Jewels, Houston, TX

Elizabeth Parker, Curt Parker Jewelers, St. Louis, MO

Sarah Patty, Sarah Patty, Spanish Fort, AL

Eric Phillips, Carats by Eric, Elk River, MN

Carrie Reimueller, Peter & Co. Jewelers, Avon Lake OH                        

Keri Rempel, Foster & Sons Jewellers, Lethbridge, AB           

Brennan Richardson, Richardson Jewelers, Escanaba, MI

Riddles Staff, Riddles Jewelry, Sioux Falls, SD                       

Joanna Rozanski, Goldart Jewellery Studio, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada           

Mike Schowalter, Miners Den Jewelers, Royal Oak, MI           

Kate Shay, Scott & Co Fine Jewelers, Fairfield, PA

Bernie Shiffler, Parkhill Jewelry, Ephrata, PA

Lori Shifter, The Silver Lady Llc, St Louis, MO

Zach Spicer, Athens Jewelers, Mishawaka, IN

Chelsea Strawser, Beverly’s Jewelers, Pembroke Pines, FL

Danielle Taylor, Philips Diamond Shop, Cedar Rapids, IA

Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA

Tim Wright, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs, Yorktown, VA

Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI                       

Angelina Yip, Studio A, Coquitlam, BC

Robert Young, Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire, Belleair Bluffs, FL

Raychelle Zellinger, Michele & Company Fine Jewelers, Lapeer, MI

 

 

 

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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Gem Quiz

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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