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I Am Rare, Stunning and Contain a Gemological Mystery in My Core

I am California’s official gemstone (no Googling allowed!).

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I AM ONE OF the world’s rarest gemstones and one of gemology’s greatest mysteries — science has been unable to explain my color, nor has anyone been able to artificially reproduce my crystal structure. First found in California’s southern Mount Diablo range in 1906, I am today that state’s official gemstone. Shreve & Co., the famed San Francisco store, led the drive to market me as a jewelry stone but despite my stunning brilliance — my dispersion is only slightly less than that of a diamond — I have never caught on with consumers (I am a little soft and usually very small in gem quality samples). Nevertheless, I remain highly prized among collectors.

Who am I?

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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Here’s the Answer to January’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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CARNELIAN WAS THE answer to our January Gem Quiz and Sally Davis from Vierk’s Fine Jewelry in Lafayette, IN, was our winner. Well done, Sally, a true gem lover with decades of experience in the industry. Here she proudly poses in her Jewelry Geek finery.

Well done too to all our Honorable Mentions who correctly identified the answer. We’ll have a new quiz posted soon.

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

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

John Bowen
Sierra-West Custom Jewelers
Orem, UT

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Ronda Brummett
Celestial Jewelers
Acworth, GA

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Duluth, GA

Clayton Coker
Antiquarian Jewelers
Gulf Breeze, FL

Karen Coyle
Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers
New Oxford, PA

Brendon Davis
Thomas A. Davis Jeweler
Holland, MI

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Karl Gomez
Jurgens Jewelers
North Bend, OR

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Jennifer Hornik Johnson,
G.G. Miller’s Jewelry
Bozeman, MT

Peter Indorf
Peter Indorf Designs
Melbourne, FL

McKae Johnson
Mark Jewellers
La Crosse, WI

Steve Jones
Old West Guns & Trading Co.
Carefree, AZ

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Newport, NH

Nadia Lorr
Steve Quick Jeweler
Chicago, IL

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Milnerton, Cape Town, Western Province

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
Be On Park Fine Jewelry
Winter Park, FL

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Jona McCauley

B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Amanda Moreno, C.G.
Moretti’s Fine Jewelry
San Antonio, TX

Jamie Norton
Holliday Jewelry
Klamath Falls , OR

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Steffanie O’Sullivan
Abbott Taylor Jewelers
Tucson, AZ

Theresia Oreskovic
Peter & Co Jewelers of Avon Lake
Avon Lake, OH

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Monicac Panek
Murduffs Jewelry
Florence, MA

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jewelers
St Louis, MO

Brette Peters
Dixon Jewellers
Ottawa, Ontario

Cait Russell
Starflower Jewelry
Huntington Station, NY

Mike Schowalter
Miners Den Jewelers
Royal Oak, MI

Leslie Schwab
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Shelley Seemann
The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry
Sanibel Island, FL

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Hakan Topuzyan
Unique Settings Of New York
Long Island City, New York

Alicia Winalski
Nyman Jewelers
Old Saybrook, CT

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This Former Luxury Gem Bathes in the Orange Glow of History

It’s said the prophet Mohammed wore a silver ring set with it.

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TODAY THE TERM “luxury goods” means Louis Vuitton handbags, Chanel No. 5 perfume and high-end jewelry, but there was a time when it meant frankincense and myrrh and me. This was especially the case in and around the old Muslim world, because of the way I could be carved and used as a seal. There is even a story that the prophet Mohammed wore a silver ring set with a seal carved from yours truly. Agate, aventurine, chrysophrase … I share numerous characteristics with my chalcedony brothers, but none bathes in the same deep orange glow of history as I do.

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Here’s the Answer to December’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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SHERRY YARNAL, A GIA Graduate Gemologist and senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, brought some heavy credentials to play our December Gem Quiz. A good thing too, because the correct gemstone – Spinel – has a long and fun history of deceiving people. Well done, Sherry, who runs a store in Castro Valley, CA, and our many Honorable Mentions from across the continent.

Look out for the next Gem Quiz. It will be posted here in the next few days.

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

Dawn Berner
Dawn’s Jewels
Brooklyn Park, MN

Claire Bersani
Bersani Studio
New York

Sean Burger
Huntington Fine Jewelers
Shawnee, OK

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Duluth, GA

Ann Cahoon
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA

Diana Castillo
Wedding Ring Originals
New York, NY

Debra Clegg
Preusser Jewelers
Grand Rapids, MI

Maria Cobuzzi
Bead Dazzled
Middletown, DE

Shelbi Conover
Gunderson’s Jewelers
Sioux Falls, SD

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Karen Coyle
Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers
New Oxford, PA

Ernie Cummings
Kizer Cummings Jewelers
Lawrence, KS

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Dana Danford
Megagem
Anchorage, AK

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Dan Deans
Asurion
Sterling, VA

Kathy Dobb
Stanton Color
Los Angeles, CA

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Mollie Effler
WM Effler Jewelers
Cincinnati, OH

Dena Forte
Qurate QVC/HSN
St Petersburg, FL

Charles Ganske
Charles H Ganske Personal Jeweler
Urbandale, IA

Christina Grande
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Candace George
Bill George Jewelers
Thibodaux, LA

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Andrew Hetland
McKendree Jewelers
Grand Rapids, MI

David Hezlep
Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry
Birmingham, AL

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

McKae Johnson
Mark Jewellers
La Crosse, WI

Alice Karakotch
Lido Jewelers
Los Angeles, CA

Carli Karin
Libutti Jewelers
Huntington, WV

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Gregory Krichel
Prisms
Woodward, IA

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers
High Ridge, MO

Klaus Kutter
A Jour Jewelry Inc.
Bristol, RI

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Newport, NH

Rika Larson
The Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Rhonda J Lee
Keenan Jewelers
Butte, MT

Braelynn Leppert
Designers’ Circle Jewelers
Burlington, VT

Deb Lewandowski
Krieger Jewelers
Appleton, WI

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Marissa Lockwood
Austin’s Fine Jewelry
Las Cruces, NM

Nadia Lorr
Steve Quick Jeweler
Chicago, IL

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, Western Province

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
Be On Park Fine Jewelry
Winter Park, FL

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Jona McCauley
B&B Jewelers
Huntsville AL

Rick McElvaine
Maxon Fine Jewelry
Springfield, MO

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s
Fort Collins, CO

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Lori Moyer
L. Moyer Designs
State College, PA

K. Myers
FACETS
Newport, OR

Tom Newcomer
R Bruce Carson
Hagerstown, MD

Jamie Norton
Holliday Jewelry
Klamath Falls, OR

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Lance Nygaard
Lance Nygaard Gems
Sioux Falls, SD

Theresia Oreskovic
Peter & Co Jewelers of Avon Lake
Avon Lake, OH

Robert Orlando
Roberto Coin Inc – Montage Deer Valley
Park City, UT

Marisa Padin
At Last Fine Jewelry
Providence Forge, VA

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Monica Panek
Murduffs Jewelry
Florence, MA

Brette Peters
Dixon Jewellers
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Amy Rausch
Mountz Jewelers
Carlisle, PA

Brenda Reichel
Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry
Honolulu, HI

Kellan Robinson
Kesslers

Milwaukee, WI

Fabian Rocha
Nasr Bros. Jewelers
Fairview, TX

Michele Rohn
Michele & Company Fine Jewelers
Lapeer, MI

Mark Ruby
SunSpirit Designs
Loveland, CO

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, WV

Alexander Rysman
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Erica Sanchez-Hawkins
Sanchez Hawkins Fine Jewelers
Lake Havasu City, AZ

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Falls, SD

Irene Schrowang
Schneiders Jewelers
Kingston, NY

Leslie Schwab
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Eugene Spiegel
Reliable Vintage
Nashville, IN

Marissa Stewart
Yates & Co Jewelers
Modesto, CA

Jennifer Sullivan
G. J. Inc.
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Brianna Tomas
Jurgens Jewelers
North Bend, OR

Kat Tomasso
Dallas, TX

Deborah Vattelana
R. Bruce Carson Jewelers
Hagerstown, MD

Rick Velayo
Kerns Fine Jewelers
Burlingame, CA

Jon Walterscheit
Chalmers Jewelers
Middelton, WI

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

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