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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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Gem Quiz

This Gem Looks Like Amethyst, Has A Color Range Like Quartz, But Isn’t Often Used In Jewelry

Yet, there’s hardly a gemologist who doesn’t own at least one specimen.

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A CLASSIC GEMOLOGY LESSON is to place me beside amethyst and see who — based on color alone — can tell us apart (it is but folly to try). While purple is my hallmark color, it is but just one in my wide spectrum. In terms of range of color, I am rivaled only by quartz. And whereas some varieties of quartz can dazzle, I glow. I am luminescent, sometimes even phosphorescent. I’m also pretty darn useful. I am used as a flux in the production of steel and aluminum, as an added mineral in water, to make camera lenses and telescopes. The one area I’m not so commonly employed is jewelry — too soft they say. Still there’s hardly a budding gemologist in the world who doesn’t own at least one specimen of me.

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Here’s the Answer to October’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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OLE! OLE! OLE! It’s to the sound clacking castanets we announce this month’s winner – Tom Nelson, owner of Nelson Jewelry in Spencer, IA, who correctly surmised that October’s mystery gem was none other than Andalusite. Well done, Tom. Please wear your Gem Quiz t-shirt with pride. And congratulations also to everyone on our Honorable Mentions list, who also submitted the correct answer.

Honorable Mentions

Andrea D. Adamksy
Harris Jeweler
Troy, OH

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

Sheela Agrawal
Best Bargains
Toronto, ON, Canada

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

David Blitt
Troy Shoppe Jewellers
Calgary, Alberta, CA

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Dan Broadbent
The Jeweler’s Bench
Provo, UT

Heather Burleson
Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers
Lexington, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Tapper’s
Clinton Township, MI

Linda Carey
Jewelers Workshop
Madison, WI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Samantha Chiafullo
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Carol Cusato
Tappers
West Bloomfield, MI

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Amber Edwards
Garden of Gems Custom Jewelry
Pinole, CA

Scott Falconer
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Farnes
Revolution Jewelry Works
Colorado Springs, CO

Kathy Favelson
Kezzo Jewelry
Forest Hills, NY

Annie Feliciano
Smythe & Cross
Fine Jewelry
Los Altos, CA

Suzie Gentleman
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Karen Greaton
Allure by Greaton’s Jewelers
Stillwater, MN

Dave Griffon
Griffon Jewelers
Bellville, OH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley Sumter
Sumter, SC

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co. Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

David Hezlep
Wallace-Burke
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth Irvin
Sid Potts Inc
Shreveport, LA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Brittany Jaykins
Kenny G. & Co. Fine Jewelers
Reno, NV

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Nanci Knott
Nanci Knott & Co.
Mountainside, NJ

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Tonya LaBor
Albert F. Rhodes Jewelers
Wilmington, NC

Cindy Lang
Ellis Jewelers, Inc.
North Little Rock, AR

Tess Lannan
On The Rocks Jewelry
Sheridan, WY

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Pat Leggett
Charles Lynn Jewelers
Abilene, TX

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
The Definitive Collection
Winter Park, FL

Kristina Mann
Kellers Jewellers
Lantzville, BC

Abby Mason
John Atencio
Denver, CO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Cheryl Mayo
Leightons Fine Diamonds
Merced, CA

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s
Fort Collins, CO

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Bridgewater, MA

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Deric Metzger
DeMer Jewelry
Oceanside, CA

Kathryn Miller
Mill Creek Jewelers
Mill Creek WA

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Erica Nash
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Rick Otte
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jeweler
St Louis, MO

John Paul
John Paul’s Jewelers
Columbus, GA

Andrew Paetzold
Andrew Paetzold Design
Aurora, IL

Amanda Pitzer
Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry
Morgantown, WV

Alexandra Renteria
Jensen Jewelers of Idaho
Twin Falls, ID

Amy Rhea
Foster’s Fine Jewelry
Knoxville, TN

Caitlin Richman
Michael C Fina
New York City

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Jeffrey Seymour
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Megan Sherrer-Neel
Lou’s Jewelry
Mobile, AL

Justin Smith
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Candy Smith
Weaver’s Apparel & Fine Jewelry
Brewton, AL

Tim Staton
Alaska Gold ‘N’ Gems Fine Jewelry & Design Center
Fairbanks, AK

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Falls, SD

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Diane Thielker
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Munya Avigail Upin
Alchemy 9.2.5
Belmont, MA

Doreen Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers
Bethlehem, PA

Deborah Vattelana
R. Bruce Carson Jewelers
Hagerstown, MD

Michael Vesely
The Vault at Kolman & Co
Murrysville, PA

Radu Vidrascu
Stefan Otter Jewelers
Rochester, NY

Monica Walker
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Erika Weston
Krikawa Jewelry Designs
Tucson, Arizona

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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“Poor Man’s Alexandrite” They Call Me, But I Am Rich In History And Beauty

My name is based on my original homeland.

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THINK BULLFIGHTING, FLAMENCO and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles and you’re likely to think of greater Spain. But you should actually be thinking of my original homeland, from which I take my name, and which served as their cultural cradle. “Poor man’s alexandrite” they sometimes call me, but it depends on what you mean by poor, I say, because I am rich in history and rich in beauty. And when cutters succeed in bringing out the best of my pleochroism I am unlike any other gem — full of earthy color play and distinct personality. Olé!

Who am I?

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