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This Gem Is Like Quartz, but a Lot Wetter

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If it weren’t for my high water content (anywhere between 3-20 percent), they say I’d basically be quartz. Which to me is like saying that if Lake Superior didn’t have water it’d be a prairie. Huh! A lake is a lake and quartz I am not. What I am is a soft, delicate, HYDRATED silicate of a certain healthy hue that is sometimes referred to as quinzite (and which yes OK, under some conditions can look like quartz).
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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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The Jeweler Cartoons

Cartoon: The Jeweler’s Job Is Changing with the Times

He’s developing new skills, whether he wants to or not.

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True Tales

You Won’t Believe Why This Client Wouldn’t Take Her Engagement Ring

Hint: it wasn’t the diamond she thought they had switched.

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For over 20 years, we have had a customer’s diamond engagement ring in our vault because she refused to take it. Not because she felt we switched her diamond, but because she swore we switched the mounting. — Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, CA

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Gem Quiz

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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