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There’s a Fungus Among Us, But It’s Definitely Not This Gem

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I don’t blame René Just Haüy; he just wanted a Greek-inspired name that reflected the way I “scatter” when put to the blowpipe flame. Still, my name evokes images of toenail fungus in the minds of many. So it’s no surprise I’ve become better known by trade names such as csarite, ottomanite, turkizite, and zultanite, which play on my connections to the Anatolian Mountains, the only place I’m found in gem quality.

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This Gemstone Sounds Like An Evil Planet or Skin Disease, But It’s Really Quite Delightful

This green stone offers emerald-like beauty at a fraction of the price.




ZIRCON, VARISCITE, AMMOLITE — some gemstones sound more like evil planets or skin diseases than something that could be turned into jewelry. I, too, suffer from a less than romantic name, although it’s probably a car polish that first comes to mind when you hear me mentioned. Still, what my over-literal namers lacked in inspiration I make up for with my emerald-like beauty. At a relatively low cost and readily available since Siberia’s mineral riches began flowing into the market, I make a great choice for earrings. I tend to be a little soft for ring duty — and no one is going to ask why you’re selling industrial agents as center stones.

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Here’s the Answer to June’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




OUR WINNER LAST month was Christl Karlsson from Torgny & Co. in Westlake Village, CA, who correctly answered “iolite”. “Being of Viking decent I hope I have done my heritage proud,” Christl said in reference to our clue about seafaring Norsemen using the gemstone to help them navigate. Well done, Christl, who gets a Gem Geek t-shirt for her intellectual raiding of INSTORE’s shores, as well as to all our honorable mentions below, who also guessed correctly. Keep an eye out for July’s Gem Quiz. It will be posted soon.

Honorable Mentions

Dorothy Bahnweg
Mountz Carlisle
Carlisle, PA

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

Madelynn Benedict
Swierenga Jewelers
Caledonia, MI

Jeffery Bergman
Primagem Bangkok
Bangrak, Bangkok

Jennefer Blostein
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Katie Brown
Aurora Borealis
Casper , WY

Bill Brundage
Bill Brundage Jewelers
Louisville, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Haley Cummings
J David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IA

Dan Deans
Sterling, VA

Gina Dionne
Mann’s Jewelers
San Jose, CA

Patrick DuFrayne
Warwick Jewelers
Exton, PA

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Mary Ehlers
The Nugget
Alexandria VA

Eileen Eichhorn
Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc.
Decatur, IN

Wynn Fabbri
Newstar Jewelers
Joliet, IL

Charles Ganske
Charles H Ganske Personal Jeweler LLC
Urbandale IA

Roman Girenko
Gantmonds Co.
Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Goodheart
Goodheart’s Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Mary Lynn Heaston
San Antonio, TX

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Donaji D. Hicks
Lolli’s Jewelry
Cape Coral, FL

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co
Mechanicsburg, PA

Lynn Jackson
Burkett’s Emporium
Nederland, TX

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Amy Klug
Diamonds & Gold
Green Bay, WI

Robert Knupfer
Knupfer International Gems, Inc.
New York, NY

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

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Samantha Kwiatkowski
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Douglas Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Newport, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros
York, PA

Jarilyn Lim
Mission Jewelry
Carmel, CA

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Robert Lurie
Robert Lurie Jewellery Evaluator
Cape Town, South Africa

Jessica Martello
Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Rochester, NY

Suann Mason
Lake Country Jewelers
Pewaukee WI

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Julee Morris
Stambaugh Jewelers
Defiance, OH

Jim Morton
Metamorphosis Jewelry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Cara Olson
Stambaugh Jewelers
Defiance, OH

Chuck Pollak
Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair
Victor, NY

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Stephanie Rendle
Victoria BC, Canada

Cheryl Schmitt-Sur
Corrales, NM

Tracey Simmons
Gregory Jewelers
Morganton, NC

Zack Smith
Gemco International
Minneapolis, MN

Rebecca Sorgen
Miner’s Den Jewelers
Royal Oak Warren MI

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northvill, MI

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Alex Weil
Martin’s Jewelry
Torrance, CA

T Wheeless
Tidewater Treecrafters
Chesapeake, VA

David Wyatt
Master Creations
Phoenix, AZ

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This Gemstone Came in Handy on the Vikings’ Epic Voyages

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I WAS NAMED AFTER the Greek word for violet, but when a certain angle of light strikes, I can range from blue to a yellowish gray. Legend has it that Viking explorers used me on their epic ventures into the Atlantic Ocean as a polarizing filter. If they’d happened to stop by Connecticut, they could have stocked up on fresh supplies of me, although I am found in more plentiful supply in Sri Lanka, Burma, Australia, Brazil, and Madagascar.

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