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Learn the Answer to June’s Gem Quiz

Our winner is Steve Glazer, sales director at Windsor Jewelers in Charlotte, NC.

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Our clue implied this was a stone for only the gnarliest of rock hounds, the type prepared to brave the wilds of Alaska’s maritime frontier in pursuit of this distinctive fossilized gem. Or maybe our clues just made no sense to most people. Either way, we had only five correct answers. We now know what NOT to buy our readers for an important milestone event: Stingray Coral. Well done to Steve Glazer, sales director at Windsor Jewelers in Charlotte, NC. He won our grand prize — a jewelry geek t-shirt. And congratulations also to our small band of honorable mentions.

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs
Plymouth, MN

Derrick AllenDorothy Bahnweg
Mountz Jewelers,
Carlisle PA

George O. Bennett
Choose-Your-Gift.com
Chicago, IL

Chantel Negoshian
Provident Jewelry
Naples, FL

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George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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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.

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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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