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Here’s the Answer to January’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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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

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Annamarie Bara
Choose-Your-Gift.com, 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

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Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Jaclyn Cugno
Sabbia Fine Jewelry,
Key Biscayne, FL

Daigle Doren
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA,

Forte Dena
QVC/HSN
St. Petersburg, FL

Kathy Dobb
Sarah Leonard Jewelers
Los Angeles, CA

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

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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
Fernbaugh’s
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
Alara
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
Gunderson’s
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 Gem Has a Reputation for Mystical Powers

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