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Here’s the Answer to January’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




THE WINNER OF our January Gem Quiz was Beatrice Matiash, who designs her own jewelry collections under the Tashka by Beatrice label from her studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. In addition to being a big fan of kunzite, our mystery stone, Beatrice is an unabashed admirer of INSTORE, which always seems to help in our totally random winner-selection process. Well done, Beatrice, and all those who made it to our Honorable Mentions list below.

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs
Plymouth, MN

Duane Aldrich
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

Allan Altman
Altman Appraisals
Dallas, GA

Judith Arnell
Judith Arnell Jewelers
Portland, OR


Annamarie Bara, LLC
Chicago, IL

Zoe Beatty
Rebekah Brooks Jewelry
Boston, MA

Jennefer Blostein
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Duluth Kennesaw, GA

Shelbi Conover
Gunderson’s Jewelers
Sioux Falls, SD

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers,
Rockville, MD


Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Jaclyn Cugno
Sabbia Fine Jewelry,
Key Biscayne, FL

Daigle Doren
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA,

Forte Dena
St. Petersburg, FL

Kathy Dobb
Sarah Leonard Jewelers
Los Angeles, CA

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK


Maranda Elliott
Elliott Jewelers,
Waukon, IA

Michael Ellis
Ellis Jewelers
Frankfort, IN

Damianne Felton
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

Linda Flondra
Flondra Jewellers Ltd.
Timmins, ON, Canada

Steve Gallagher
Marshall Granger Jewelers
Cold Spring, KY

Steve Glazer
Windsor Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Beverly Goslin
Visual Art teacher
Windham High School
Willimantic, CT

Christina Grande
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Brad Haack
Gruno’s Diamonds
Madison, WI

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Romney Hayden
Celebrity Gems & Jewelry
San Diego, CA

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Carolyn Hines
Hines Goldsmiths
Jackson, WY

Raymond Holliday
Holliday Jewelry
Klamath Falls, OR

Cheryl Houin
Logansport, IN

Charlene Hudson
Fink’s Jewelers,
Roanoke, VA

Todd Huebner
Josephs Jewelers
Des Moines, IA

Becca Husar
Craig Husar Fine Diamonds & Jewelry Designs
Brookfield, WI

Ruthann Ishihara
Young’s Jewelry
Cleveland, OH

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Jeff Juhas
Juhas and Sullivan
Grand Rapids, MI

Katharine Keiser
Mountz Jewelers
Camp Hill, PA

Jill Kessler
The Jewelry Shop
Greencastle, PA
Holly Knight
A&A Jewellers
Winnipeg, MB

Billie Jo Knoll Phillips
Planche Alain Direct Jewelry Outlet
Falls Church, VA

Robert Knupfer
Knupfer International Gems
New York, NY

David Kopelman
International Diamond Center
Tampa, FL

Joseph Korona
Korona Jewelry
Buffalo, NY

Rosanne Kroen
Rosanne’s Diamonds & Gold
South Bend, IN

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Newport, NH

Rika Larson
The Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Nadia Lorr
Lincoln Park
Chicago, IL

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, South Africa

Lisa Marturano
Bethel, CT

Grace Massey
Auric Enterprises
Albany, OR

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Caroline Meier
Kuhn’s Diamond Jewelers
Hays, KS

Andrew Mendoza
Hurst Gold and Silver
Hurst, TX

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Babs Noelle
Bozeman, MT

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Steffanie O’Sullivan
Abbott Taylor Jewelers
Tucson, AZ

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Sarah Patty
Ware Jewelers
Spanish Fort, AL

Chuck Pollak
Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Victor, NY

Mark Quaine
Benson Diamond Jewelers
Westland, MI

Kelly Robertson
Bloomington, IL

Joan Scarabelli
Scarabelli jewellery Design
Vancouver, BC

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelers
Centralia, IL

David Stensrud
Sioux Falls, SD

Victoria Tunis
Long Jewelers
Virginia Beach, VA

Charles Wallace
Curt Parker Jewelers
St. Louis, MO

Ashton Yates-Woolley
Yates & Co Jewelers
Modesto, CA

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



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This Gemstone Sounds Like An Evil Planet or Skin Disease, But It’s Really Quite Delightful

This green stone offers emerald-like beauty at a fraction of the price.




ZIRCON, VARISCITE, AMMOLITE — some gemstones sound more like evil planets or skin diseases than something that could be turned into jewelry. I, too, suffer from a less than romantic name, although it’s probably a car polish that first comes to mind when you hear me mentioned. Still, what my over-literal namers lacked in inspiration I make up for with my emerald-like beauty. At a relatively low cost and readily available since Siberia’s mineral riches began flowing into the market, I make a great choice for earrings. I tend to be a little soft for ring duty — and no one is going to ask why you’re selling industrial agents as center stones.

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Here’s the Answer to June’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




OUR WINNER LAST month was Christl Karlsson from Torgny & Co. in Westlake Village, CA, who correctly answered “iolite”. “Being of Viking decent I hope I have done my heritage proud,” Christl said in reference to our clue about seafaring Norsemen using the gemstone to help them navigate. Well done, Christl, who gets a Gem Geek t-shirt for her intellectual raiding of INSTORE’s shores, as well as to all our honorable mentions below, who also guessed correctly. Keep an eye out for July’s Gem Quiz. It will be posted soon.

Honorable Mentions

Dorothy Bahnweg
Mountz Carlisle
Carlisle, PA

Andrea Bazil-Lopez
Sheffield’s Diamonds
Oro Valley, AZ

Madelynn Benedict
Swierenga Jewelers
Caledonia, MI

Jeffery Bergman
Primagem Bangkok
Bangrak, Bangkok

Jennefer Blostein
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Katie Brown
Aurora Borealis
Casper , WY

Bill Brundage
Bill Brundage Jewelers
Louisville, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Haley Cummings
J David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IA

Dan Deans
Sterling, VA

Gina Dionne
Mann’s Jewelers
San Jose, CA

Patrick DuFrayne
Warwick Jewelers
Exton, PA

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Mary Ehlers
The Nugget
Alexandria VA

Eileen Eichhorn
Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc.
Decatur, IN

Wynn Fabbri
Newstar Jewelers
Joliet, IL

Charles Ganske
Charles H Ganske Personal Jeweler LLC
Urbandale IA

Roman Girenko
Gantmonds Co.
Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Mary Lynn Heaston
San Antonio, TX

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Donaji D. Hicks
Lolli’s Jewelry
Cape Coral, FL

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co
Mechanicsburg, PA

Lynn Jackson
Burkett’s Emporium
Nederland, TX

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Amy Klug
Diamonds & Gold
Green Bay, WI

Robert Knupfer
Knupfer International Gems, Inc.
New York, NY

Rosanne Kroen
Rosanne’s Diamonds & Gold
South Bend, IN

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Samantha Kwiatkowski
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Douglas Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Newport, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros
York, PA

Jarilyn Lim
Mission Jewelry
Carmel, CA

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, South Africa

Jessica Martello
Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Rochester, NY

Suann Mason
Lake Country Jewelers
Pewaukee WI

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Julee Morris
Stambaugh Jewelers
Defiance, OH

Jim Morton
Metamorphosis Jewelry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Cara Olson
Stambaugh Jewelers
Defiance, OH

Chuck Pollak
Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Victor, NY

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Stephanie Rendle
Victoria BC, Canada

Cheryl Schmitt-Sur
Corrales, NM

Tracey Simmons
Gregory Jewelers
Morganton, NC

Zack Smith
Gemco International
Minneapolis, MN

Rebecca Sorgen
Miner’s Den Jewelers
Royal Oak Warren MI

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northvill, MI

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Alex Weil
Martin’s Jewelry
Torrance, CA

T Wheeless
Tidewater Treecrafters
Chesapeake, VA

David Wyatt
Master Creations
Phoenix, AZ

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This Gemstone Came in Handy on the Vikings’ Epic Voyages

Test your knowledge.




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.

Who am I?

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