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Here’s the Answer to February’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to the winner.




Here’s the Answer to February’s Gem Quiz

THERE WERE TWO answers to February’s Gem Quiz — Bixbite or Red Beryl – but there could be only one winner, and this month it was Mary Thresher of Benchmark Jewelers in Leavenworth, WA. Mary, who is entering her fifth decade in the jewelry business, holds GIA and AGS credentials as well as a lifelong passion for gemstones. “I started in jewelry at 19. Still love it” she says. Congratulations, Mary, and also all our Honorary Mentions. A new Gem Quiz will be posted soon.

Honorary Mentions

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs Fine Jewelry & Custom Design
Plymouth, MN

Greg Austin
Lee Ayers Jewelers
Stevens Point, WI

Michael Azabache
Valia’s Jewelers
Pasadena, CA

Zoe Beatty
E.B. Horn
Boston, MA

Denis Boulle
deboulle Diamond & Jewelry
Dallas, TX

James Bowien
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Brooke Allen
Scotties Jewelry
Hendersonville, NC

Tiffany Bothner
D&K Jewelers
Wheat Ridge, CO

Steve Brown
S. L. Brown
Stevenson, MD

Charlie Bullerwell
All My Life Jewelers
Laconia, NH

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Atlanta, GA

Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers
Elkhart, IN

Jane Chaikowsky
Chaikowsky Jewelry Appraisals
Bethlehem, PA

Jim Cihak
Pineforest Jewelry, Inc.
Houston, TX

Cathy Cook
Cathy Cook Jewelry
Vidor, TX

Rachel Crow
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Doren Daigle
Hannon Gemologists & Master Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Katelyn Daski
Leitzel’s Jewelry
Myerstown, PA

Bali Davé
Mayur Davé Inc
Toronto, ONT, Canada

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Arlene Ehrlinspiel
Egon A. Ehrlinspiel
East Syracuse, New York

Michael Ellis
Ellis Jewelers
Frankfort, IN

Juli Ferrena
Village Jewelry
Palm Coast, FL

Dena Forte
St Petersburg, FL

Karen Geiger
Karen Geiger
Lakebay, WA

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Kenneth Gordon
Gordon Kenneth Private Jeweler
Atlanta, GA

Justine Green
Warren Jewellers
Lancaster, PA

Kelsie Green
Soraya Gem Co.
Marion, IA

Richard Grinstein
Grinstein Jewelry and Design
Birmingham, MI

Peter Hannes
Craig Husar Fine Diamonds
Brookfield, WI

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Kim Hatchell
Sumter, SC

Todd Huebner
Josephs Jewelers
Des Moines, IA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Kathy Jenkins
Wrist Watch Doc
Columbia, SC

Mia Jernigan
Vaughan’s Jewelry
Edenton, NC

Leslie Kehoe
Kehoe’s Agate Shop, Inc
Bigfork, MT

Megan Keller
Lancaster, PA

Ashley Kenney
Kenney Jewelry
Corpus Christi, TX

Autumn Knight
Arizona Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

B Knight
Park City, UT

Jennifer Konopski
Kasson Jewelers
Southport, CT

Gabriela Kury
Kury Jewelers
San Juan, PR

Natasha Lacey
Fairview Heights, IL

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Adam Levy
New York, NY

Deb Lewandowski
Krieger Jewelers
Appleton, WI

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Kara Luckadoo
American Ring Source
Cincinnati, OH

Liliana P. Martinez
Patchogue Jewelers

Richard Mathis
New Orleans, LA

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Jessica Miller
Miller’s Diamond Jewelry
Mansfield, OH

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Mandy Mott
Becker’s Jewelers
Old Saybrook, CT

Risa Neuman
Aztec Jewelers
Atlanta, GA

Theresia Oreskovic
Peter & Co. Jewelers, Inc.
Avon Lake, OH

Denise Oros
Linnea Jewelers
La Grange

Phyllis Painter
Designer Jewels
Houston, TX

Amy Rausch
Mountz Jewelers
Carlisle, PA

Roy Richardson
Tammy’s Jewelry
Waynesville, NC

Kellan Robinson
Milwaukee, WI

Mark Rozanski
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mark Ruby
Mark Ruby
Loveland, CO

Elsie Salinardi
Linardi’s Jewelers
Plantation, FL

Drue Sanders
Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers
Albany, NY

Dan Scanlan
Jewelry By Designs
Woodbridge, VA

Julia Scott
Johannes Hunter Jewelers
Colorado Springs, CO

Kate Seville
Allure Repairs
Bucyrus, OH

Kate Shay
Scott & Co
New Oxford, PA

Noel Slack
G. Allan Jewelers
Minneapolis, MN

Paul Spanbauer
Reimer Jewelers
Oshkosh, WI

Eva-Michelle Spicer
Spicer Greene Jewelers
Asheville, NC

Jim Springer
Dunkelberger’s Fine Jewelry
Kutztown, PA

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Briana Thach
Richters Jewelry & Design Studio
Londonderry, NH

Rey Trejo
Ben Bridge jewelers
Houston, TX

Cyndi Waggener
Holliday jewelry
Klamath Falls, OR


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