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Here’s the Answer to March’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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LOTS AND LOTS of correct answers in March, but there could be only one winner and the jeweler to emerge victorious from the scrum and claim this month’s super-cool Gem Geek t-shirt was Tom Wiggins from Werkheiser Jewelers in Bethlehem, PA. Well done, Tom and everyone else who correctly answered bloodstone. We’ll have to try to give you a sterner test in future.

Honorary Mentions

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs
Plymouth, MN

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

Lisa Anderson
Gemma Gallery
Pinehurst, NC

Kristi Andrist
The Jewelry Exchange
Enumclaw, WA

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JoAnn Baquera
La Masters of Fine Jewelry
Murrieta, CA

John Berry
Berry’s Jewelers
Corpus Christi, TX

Linda Bickel
Champagne Jewelers
Slidell LA

Jennefer Blostein
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Chris Brown
Thurbers Jewelers
Wadsworth, OH

Marianne Bryan
One of a Kind Jewelry Inc
Spring Hill, FL

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Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers
Elkhart, IN

Dan Deans
Asurion
Sterling, VA

JC Dumas
Goldworks Gallery
San Diego, CA

Shaun Duran
Kenny G & Company
Reno, NV

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Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Christine Edlund
Stuart Benjamin & Co.
San Diego, CA

Eileen Eichhorn
Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc.
Decatur, IL

Matt Ervin
Regard Jewelry
Austin, TX

David Fairclough
David Fairclough Jewelers
Toledo, OH

Damianne Felton
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

BJ Foremsn
Boris Litwin Jewelers
Cincinnati, OH

Dena Forte
QVC/HSN – Qurate Retail Group
Tampa, FL

Susan Francis
Jewels That Dance
Asheville, NC

Summer Friesen
Creative Goldsmiths
Langley, BC

Steve Gallagher
Marshall Granger Jewelers
Cold Spring, KY

Steven Glazer
Windsor Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Bruce Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Christina Grande
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Mitsuko Hashimoto
Shinjyujewelry Co.
Watsonville, CA

Romney Hayden
Celebrity Gems & Jewelry
San Diego, CA

Selma Heikkinen
Fair Bank and Perry
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Linda Horrell
Marbill Diamonds And Jewelry
Belle Vernon, PA

Gordon Huff
Huff’s Fine Jewelry Inc.
Fredericktown, OH

Marisa Imon
Amidon Jewelers
Keene, NH

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Victoria Kerkela
John Michael Matthews Fine Jewelry
Vero Beach, FL

Nancy King
King’s Jewelry
Plymouth, IN

Robert Knupfer
Knupfer International Gems
New York, NY

David Kopelman
International Diamond Center
Tampa, FL

Natali Kragh
Stephen Isley Jewelry
Whitefish, MT

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Mary Krasowski
Krasowski Jewelry
Salmon, ID

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Klaus Kutter
A Jour Jewelry
Bristol, RI

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

Rika Larson
Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Howard Leong
Golden Image Jewelers
Camarillo, CA

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Connie Lovell
Woodard’s Diamonds and Design
Estill Springs, TN

Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Lisa Marturano
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

Jennifer McCoy
McCoy Jewelers
Dubuque, IA

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Andrew Mendoza
Hurst Gold and Silver
Hurst, TX

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Jamie Norton
Holliday Jewelry
Klamath Falls, OR

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Kaitlyn ONeill
N.L. Shaw & Company
Mystic, CT

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Usman Parekh
Crown Jewelers
Norman, OK

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jewelers
St Louis, MO

Ann-Marie Partin
Huntington Fine Jewelers
Oklahoma City, OK

Sarah Patty
Ware Jewelers
Spanish Fort, AL

Lindsay Petty
Diamonds & More Jewelers
Farmington, MO

Kara Pfleger
John E. Koller Jewelry Designs
Owasso, OK

Alain Planche
Direct Jewelry Outlet
Falls Church, VA

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

Brennan Richardson
Richardson Jewelers
Escanaba, MI

Aliya Riggs
Barry Peterson Jewelers
Hailey, ID

Joe Romano
Steelecroft Jewelers
Charlotte, NC

Mark Ruby
SunSpirit Designs
Loveland, CO

Bopie Sackos
Bopies Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
Fayetteville, NC

Michael Salem
K. Martin Jeweler
Dodge City, KS

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelers
Centralia, IL

Daniel Schwieterman
Regard Jewelry
Austin, TX

Laura Sipe
JC Sipe Inc
Indianapolis, IN

Maggie Slifer
Bichsel Jewelry
Sedalia, MO

Rebecca Sorgen
Miner’s Den Jewelers
Warren, MI

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Fall,s SD

Sadie Stevens
Sullivan’s Jewelers
Melbourne, FL

David Stewart
Stewart’s Jewelry
Wichita, KS

Marissa Stewart
Yates & Co Jewelers
Modesto, CA

Danessa Swartz
Stewart’s Jewelry
Wichita, KS

Jo Ann Tracy
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Metairie, LA

Allan Uyesugi
aa jewel box
Tustin, CA

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Randy Wiese
R.C. Wiese, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN

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

Connie Wilson
Treiber & Straub Jewelers
Brookfield, WI

Tim Wright
Simply Unique Jewelry Designs
Yorktown, VA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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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Gem Quiz

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!

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