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Here’s the Answer to November’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




Here’s the Answer to November’s Gem Quiz

TONY CONWAY OF Aras Jewelers in Rockville, MD, proudly wears the Jewelry Geek t-shirt that was his prize for deducing the answer to November’s Gem Quiz – fluorite. Well done Tony, and everyone else on our Honorable Mentions List who cracked the quiz.

Honorable Mentions

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

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

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


Roger Bonnema
Roger Bonnema Jewelers
South Holland, IL

John Bradshaw
John J Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Briana Burgess
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Mike Burnette
Duluth, GA

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Russell Criswell
Vulcan’s Forge
Kansas City, MO


Dana Danford
Anchorage, AK

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine JewelryLafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Vicki Drzik
Victoria’s Jewelry
Ludington, MI

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Linda Flondra
Flondra Jewellers
Timmins, ON


Dena Forte
St Petersburg, FL

Birgitta Frisk

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Ella Khazhmetova
Kenny G & Company
Reno, NV

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

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

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Brenda Larivee
Galesville, WI

Rika Larson
The Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Steven Lesse
Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery
Ann Arbor, MI

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Nadia Lorr
Steve Quick Jeweler
Chicago, IL

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Haley Middleton
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Fred Mitchell
Victoria’s Jewels
Corpus Christi, TX

Tony Mohr
Anthony M’s Visions in Gold
Wheat Ridge, CO

Terri Mort
The Jewerly Exchange of Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD

K. Myers
Newport, OR

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Monica Panek
Murduffs Jewelry
Florence, MA

Roger Pauling
Lapidary Arts Custom Jewelery
Plano, TX

Kari Putz
Westover Jewelers
Lynchburg, VA

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Sander Raymond
Portland, OR

Mark Ruby
SunSpirit Designs
Loveland, CO

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Cathy Schroeder
Avalon Fine Jewellery
Oakville, ON, Canada

Luisa Smith
Cornerstone Fine Jewerly
Springfield, MO

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Doreen M. Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers/Versant
Bethlehem, PA

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



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