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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

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Gem Quiz

Olivine? Peridot? Beryl? No … I Am The Deceiver

Consider this a test of your knowledge of the Mohs scale.

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I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO say more than I’m the defining mineral for 5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and the hands of 20,000 knowing jewelers should reach for the sky … but then I’d have to stop talking about myself and I am a fascinating character — one with a real hunger to be all things to all people. I’m used to clean up nuclear waste, to fluoridate water, and to manufacture fertilizer. I am in your teeth and bones and while I am only infrequently used as a gemstone, I have been mistaken for much more valuable minerals such as olivine, peridot and beryl. Hence the Greek origins of my name — I am the deceiver.
Who am I?

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Gem Quiz

Here’s the Answer to July’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BUT less-than-elegantly named chrome diopside was our mystery gemstone in July. Congratulations to Stephanie Cairns of Precision Jewelers in Roseville, MI, for working through our clues and deducing the correct answer. She wins this month’s Gem Geek t-shirt. As for the 60-odd other jewelers who also submitted the right answer, keep playing. A t-shirt with your size awaits you. And in the meantime, enjoy your status as an Honorable Mention.

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

Allan Altman
Altman Appraisals
Dallas, GA

Ken Barter
Bartier Lapidary Service
St. Charles, IL

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

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

John Brunet
Waldeland Jewelers
Eagan, MN

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Mary Dunker
MDJDesigns
Okemos, MI

Michael Ellis
Ellis Jewelers
Frankfort, IN

Dolores English
J D English Jewelers
Dallas, TX

Birgitta Frisk
Stockholm

Sharon Gilbert
Lehua Jewelers
Kamuela, HI

Steve Glazer

Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry & Design Studio
Londonderry, NH

Lisa Han
E. Westralia
Parkwood, WA

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Courtney Herron
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Amy Hinson
The Gem Collection
Tallahassee, FL

Sally Hovis
Palace Jewelers
Grand Blanc, MI

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Murdock, FL

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Kayla King
Lorelli’s Jewelry
Indiana, PA

Mandy Kirby
Wesche Jewelers
Melbourne, FL

David Kopelman
International Diamond Center
Tampa, FL

Theresa Kristal
Kristals’ Crystals
Phoenix, AZ

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

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers
High Ridge, MO

Edwin La Rosa
Ayen’s
Clifton, NJ

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, South Africa

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Wayne Marsh
Treasure Island Imports
Vacaville, CA

Lisa Marturano
Quality Gem
Bethel, CT

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Christine Meyers
Roemer Originals
St Charles, IL

Crystal Norwood
Woodard’s Diamond and Design
Tullahoma, TN

Heather Olson
Husar’s
West Bend, WI

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

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Eric Phillips
Carats
Elk River, MN

Laura Pool
Laura’s Jewelry Designs, LLC
Saint Robert, MO

Stewart Powell
Linn & Owen Jewelers
Lansing, MI

Phil Pratico III
F. Phil Pratico Jewelers
Mercerville, NJ

Andi Redmon
Ellis Jewelers
Frankfort, IN

Krista Renz
Koehn & Koehn Jewelers
West Bend, WI

Heidi Rose
Rose Jewelers
La Crosse, WI

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington Station, NY

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Dottie Sheth
Lika Behar
Carlstadt, NJ

Tracey Simmons
Gregory Jewelers,
Morganton, N.C.

Marilinda Spilotro
Strand58
Montclair, CA

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Kathy White
Enhancery Jewelers
San Diego, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

Stephanie Zampier
Alexander’s Jewelry
Shrewsbury, PA

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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.

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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.

Who am I?

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