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Here’s the Answer to June’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to the winner.




Here’s the Answer to June’s Gem Quiz

We travelled back to the dark ages of jewelry last month with a gem that was central to the mourning jewelry of the Victorian age. The correct answer, as provided by Valerie Duermeyer of Gentilcore Jewelers in Pittsburgh, PA, was – jet! Well done, Valerie, who snags this month’s Gem Geek t-shirt. And congratulations also to all our other honorable mentions who sent in the right answer. A new Gem Quiz will go online soon at Be sure to look out for it!

Honorable Mentions

Cynthia Allen
Pave’ Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Tom Blair
MJ Christensen Diamonds
Las Vegas, NV

Dan Bogue
New Rochelle, NY

James Bowien
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN


Mellisa Cash
Italian By Association
Okmulgee, OK

Francine Fantuzzo
Fort Myers, FL

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Todd Huebner
Josephs Jewelers
Des Moines, IA

Jean Jung
Gold Dreams
Fairfax, CA


Suzanne Kluh
Kluh Jewelers
Lacey, WA

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Laura Mae
Maejean Vintage
Lancaster PA

Mandy Mott
Becker’s Jewelers
Old Saybrook, CT

Lori Moyer
Lori Moyer Designs
State College, PA

Elycia Norton
VAEL Designs
East Windsor, NJ


Roger Pauling
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Brette Peters
Dixon Jewellers
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Brenda Reichel
Carats & Karats
Honolulu, HI

Alexander Rysman
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Kate Shay
Scott & Company Fine Jewelers
New Oxford, PA

Laura Stanley
Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler
Little Rock, AR

Apryl Thunberg
Alexander Zachary
Mooresville, NC

Tracy Wilke
G. H. Wilke & Co.
San Gabriel, CA

Carolyn Yost
Carolyn Yost Estate Jewelry
Stonington, CT



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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