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Here’s the Answer to September’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




Annamarie Bara

BLUE TOPAZ WAS our mystery gemstone in September and Annamarie Bara of in Chicago our winner. Well done, Annamarie, and everyone else who figured out the answer. (While Blue Topaz often needs a little juicing to truly shine, our readers seem to get by on just raw brilliance). If you’ve yet to win the grand prize – a Gem Geek t-shirt – keep trying: a new Gem Quiz will be posted in a week or so.

In the meantime, a pat on the back to our September Honorable Mentions:

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

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Lana Blevins
Futer Bros
York, PA

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI


Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers
Elkhart, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Dena Forte
Tampa, FL

Summer Friesen
Creative Goldsmiths
Langley, British Columbia

Bruce & Alan Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS


Christine Graichen
Malloves Jewelers
Middletown, CT

Charissa Hanisko
Avenue Jewelers
Appleton, WI

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co
Mechanicsburg PA

Catherine Iskiw
Catherine Iskiw Designs
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Jacobson
David’s Jewelers
Anchorage, Alaska


Alayna Jones
Meyer and Lee Fine Jewelry
Huntsville, AL

Autumn Knight
Arizona Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers
High Ridge, MO

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Laura Lehner and Allan and Nancy King
Lammons Fine Jewelry
Oxford, MS

Adam Levy
Adasco Designs
New York

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Nina Mahl
The Definitive Collection
Winter Park, FL

Bettty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Lori Moyer
L. Moyer Designs
State College, PA

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Roger Pauling
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Brette Peters
Dixon Jewellers
Ottawa, Ontario

Amy Rausch
Mountz Jewelers
Carlisle, PA

Cait Russell
Starflower Jewelry
Huntington Station, NY

Shelley Seemann
The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry
Sanibel Island, FL

Kristi Suder
Starblaze Jewelers
Tucker, GA

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Ellie Thompson
Ellie Thompson + Co
Chicago, IL

Shannon Waits
Clater Jewelers
Louisville, KY

Mariah Weaver
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

David Wilburn
David Wilburn
Denison, TX

Michelle Williams
Williams Jewelers of Cherry Creek
Denver, CO

Sara Winter
Nielsen’s Jewelers
Portland, OR

Richard Yaffin
Estate Jewelry Ltd
Asheville, NC

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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