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Here’s the Answer to January’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner, Christian Herman.





THE ANSWER TO our January Gem Quiz was “jasper” although we managed to confuse things with an ill-conceived reference in the clue to March’s alternative birthstone, “bloodstone” (which in its classic form IS green jasper with hematite inclusions, but of course any customer asking to see your assortment of bloodstone is going to be surprised if you show them regular jasper.) Please accept our apologies and thanks to the many people who pointed out our error. Some readers did still manage to identify the photo we used as jasper, so we’re listing them as our “winners” for January. Well done everyone who got it right, especially Christian Herman, from Fast Fix in Erie, PA, who takes home this month’s Gem Geek t-shirt. We’ll do better in the future.

Honorary Mentions

Doren Daigle
Hannon Gemologists & Master Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Dana Danfotd
Anchorage, AK

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Eileen Eichhorn
Eichhorn Jewelry
Decatur, IN

Sandy Gentilcore
Gentilcore Jewelers
Pittsburgh, PA

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Keith Hannum
Smyth Jewelers
Timonium, MD

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Todd Huebner
Josephs Jewelers,
Des Moines, IA

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

K. Myers
FACETS Gem & Mineral
Newport, OR

Chris Patrick
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA


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