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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?

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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While I May Be Mistaken For Diamond, I Am My Own Stone

Right down to my occasionally radioactive core.

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I CAN’T TELL YOU how many times I’ve been mistaken as this or that girl’s best friend (even by experienced jewelers). But no, despite my terrific luster and fire, I am not the Eternal One. I am my own stone, right down to my occasionally radioactive core. To bring out the best in me, especially in a colored form, it’s usually necessary to give me a shot of heat. As a blue stone I am known as Starlite, as a yellow one Hyacinth, as a pale gray one Jargoon. And as a brilliant clear stone that sparkles and dazzles and looks like I belong in an engagement ring … I am just me.

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Here’s the Answer to August’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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MORE THAN A FEW entrants mentioned a hunger and desire to win this month’s Gem Quiz, but emerging from the blizzard of bad puns — which we may have encouraged with our original clue — was our grand winner, Jennefer Blostein, from Park City Jewelers in Park City, UT. Well done, Jennefer, and well down to all the other smart jewelers who deduced the answer – Apatite!

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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.

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