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This Gem Looks Like Amethyst, Has A Color Range Like Quartz, But Isn’t Often Used In Jewelry

Yet, there’s hardly a gemologist who doesn’t own at least one specimen.

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A CLASSIC GEMOLOGY LESSON is to place me beside amethyst and see who — based on color alone — can tell us apart (it is but folly to try). While purple is my hallmark color, it is but just one in my wide spectrum. In terms of range of color, I am rivaled only by quartz. And whereas some varieties of quartz can dazzle, I glow. I am luminescent, sometimes even phosphorescent. I’m also pretty darn useful. I am used as a flux in the production of steel and aluminum, as an added mineral in water, to make camera lenses and telescopes. The one area I’m not so commonly employed is jewelry — too soft they say. Still there’s hardly a budding gemologist in the world who doesn’t own at least one specimen of me.

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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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I’m a Gemstone Whose Value Doesn’t Reflect My Stupendous Attributes and History

At least Peter the Great and the English monarchs thought I was worthy of showing off.

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WHAT MORE DO they want? I’m hard, beautiful and come in a range of gorgeous colors. I am rare and have history — that’s me, all 170 carats, on the top of the Imperial State Crown of England, and me again in some of Peter the Great’s finest jewels. OK, so it turned out I wasn’t ruby after all, but what’s the deal? Corundum, in my view, is VHS while I’m Betamax. Say “ruby” or “sapphire” and women swoon. Say my name and people think of a synthetic version used for class rings. What gives?

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Here’s the Answer to November’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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TONY CONWAY OF Aras Jewelers in Rockville, MD, proudly wears the Jewelry Geek t-shirt that was his prize for deducing the answer to November’s Gem Quiz – fluorite. Well done Tony, and everyone else on our Honorable Mentions List who cracked the quiz.

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

Roger Bonnema
Roger Bonnema Jewelers
South Holland, IL

John Bradshaw
John J Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Briana Burgess
Richter’s Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Mike Burnette
Duluth, GA

Stephanie Cairns
Precision Jewelers
Roseville, MI

Russell Criswell
Vulcan’s Forge
Kansas City, MO

Dana Danford
Megagem
Anchorage, AK

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine JewelryLafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Vicki Drzik
Victoria’s Jewelry
Ludington, MI

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Linda Flondra
Flondra Jewellers
Timmins, ON

Dena Forte
QVC/HSN
St Petersburg, FL

Birgitta Frisk
Stockholm

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley
Sumter, SC

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord, MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson and Co Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Ella Khazhmetova
Kenny G & Company
Reno, NV

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

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

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers, Inc.
High Ridge, MO

Brenda Larivee
1953
Galesville, WI

Rika Larson
The Collector Fine Jewelry
Fallbrook, CA

Steven Lesse
Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery
Ann Arbor, MI

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Nadia Lorr
Steve Quick Jeweler
Chicago, IL

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Haley Middleton
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Fred Mitchell
Victoria’s Jewels
Corpus Christi, TX

Tony Mohr
Anthony M’s Visions in Gold
Wheat Ridge, CO

Terri Mort
The Jewerly Exchange of Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD

K. Myers
FACETS
Newport, OR

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Monica Panek
Murduffs Jewelry
Florence, MA

Roger Pauling
Lapidary Arts Custom Jewelery
Plano, TX

Kari Putz
Westover Jewelers
Lynchburg, VA

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Sander Raymond
Alchemy
Portland, OR

Mark Ruby
SunSpirit Designs
Loveland, CO

Karen Schmitt
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Cathy Schroeder
Avalon Fine Jewellery
Oakville, ON, Canada

Luisa Smith
Cornerstone Fine Jewerly
Springfield, MO

Jennifer Sullivan
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Doreen M. Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers/Versant
Bethlehem, PA

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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Here’s the Answer to October’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.

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OLE! OLE! OLE! It’s to the sound clacking castanets we announce this month’s winner – Tom Nelson, owner of Nelson Jewelry in Spencer, IA, who correctly surmised that October’s mystery gem was none other than Andalusite. Well done, Tom. Please wear your Gem Quiz t-shirt with pride. And congratulations also to everyone on our Honorable Mentions list, who also submitted the correct answer.

Honorable Mentions

Andrea D. Adamksy
Harris Jeweler
Troy, OH

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

Sheela Agrawal
Best Bargains
Toronto, ON, Canada

Duane Aldrich
Aldrich Custom Crafts
York, PA

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

David Blitt
Troy Shoppe Jewellers
Calgary, Alberta, CA

John Bradshaw
John J. Bradshaw
Nashua, NH

Dan Broadbent
The Jeweler’s Bench
Provo, UT

Heather Burleson
Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers
Lexington, KY

Stephanie Cairns
Tapper’s
Clinton Township, MI

Linda Carey
Jewelers Workshop
Madison, WI

Maureen Carlucci
Stucchi Jewelers
Natick, MA

Samantha Chiafullo
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

Tony Conway
Aras Jewelers
Rockville, MD

Ruben Cruz
Boone & Sons Jewelers
McLean, VA

Carol Cusato
Tappers
West Bloomfield, MI

Doren Daigle
Hannon Jewelers
Baton Rouge, LA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Tania De Luna
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

Katie Dye
J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Amber Edwards
Garden of Gems Custom Jewelry
Pinole, CA

Scott Falconer
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Farnes
Revolution Jewelry Works
Colorado Springs, CO

Kathy Favelson
Kezzo Jewelry
Forest Hills, NY

Annie Feliciano
Smythe & Cross
Fine Jewelry
Los Altos, CA

Suzie Gentleman
J. David Jewelry
Broken Arrow, OK

Steve Glazer
Bob Richards Jewelers
Germantown, TN

Christina Grande
Richters Jewelry
Londonderry, NH

Karen Greaton
Allure by Greaton’s Jewelers
Stillwater, MN

Dave Griffon
Griffon Jewelers
Bellville, OH

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers Inc
Oak Ridge, TN

Kim Hatchell
Galloway & Moseley Sumter
Sumter, SC

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers
Madison, WI

Selma Heikkinen
Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
Concord MA

Anne Henderson
Henderson & Co. Jewelers
Mechanicsburg, PA

David Hezlep
Wallace-Burke
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth Irvin
Sid Potts Inc
Shreveport, LA

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
Port Charlotte, FL

Brittany Jaykins
Kenny G. & Co. Fine Jewelers
Reno, NV

Kathy Jenkins
Bravo Jewellers
Carlsbad, CA

Autumn Knight
AZ Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Nanci Knott
Nanci Knott & Co.
Mountainside, NJ

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Tonya LaBor
Albert F. Rhodes Jewelers
Wilmington, NC

Cindy Lang
Ellis Jewelers, Inc.
North Little Rock, AR

Tess Lannan
On The Rocks Jewelry
Sheridan, WY

Doug Lantz
MJ Harrington Jewelers
Hanover, NH

MaryAnne LaRussa
Futer Bros Jewelers
York, PA

Pat Leggett
Charles Lynn Jewelers
Abilene, TX

Brenda Logue
Brenda G
Leakey, TX

Lisa Lyons
Clarkson Jewelers
Ellisville, MO

Nina Mahl
The Definitive Collection
Winter Park, FL

Kristina Mann
Kellers Jewellers
Lantzville, BC

Abby Mason
John Atencio
Denver, CO

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Cheryl Mayo
Leightons Fine Diamonds
Merced, CA

Jona McCauley
B & B Jewelers
Huntsville, AL

Clint McCoy
Tidwell Jewelers of Greenwood
Greenwood, SC

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s
Fort Collins, CO

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Bridgewater, MA

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Deric Metzger
DeMer Jewelry
Oceanside, CA

Kathryn Miller
Mill Creek Jewelers
Mill Creek WA

Robert Mitchell
Nord Jewelers
Kalamazoo, MI

Erica Nash
Park City Jewelers
Park City, UT

Logan Nye
Holly McHone Jewelers
Astoria, OR

Rick Otte
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Phyllis Painter
Phyllis Painter Designs
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Parker
Curt Parker Jeweler
St Louis, MO

John Paul
John Paul’s Jewelers
Columbus, GA

Andrew Paetzold
Andrew Paetzold Design
Aurora, IL

Amanda Pitzer
Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry
Morgantown, WV

Alexandra Renteria
Jensen Jewelers of Idaho
Twin Falls, ID

Amy Rhea
Foster’s Fine Jewelry
Knoxville, TN

Caitlin Richman
Michael C Fina
New York City

Cait Russell
Libutti Diamond Jewelers
Huntington, NY

Jeffrey Seymour
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Megan Sherrer-Neel
Lou’s Jewelry
Mobile, AL

Justin Smith
Donald Haack Diamonds
Charlotte, NC

Candy Smith
Weaver’s Apparel & Fine Jewelry
Brewton, AL

Tim Staton
Alaska Gold ‘N’ Gems Fine Jewelry & Design Center
Fairbanks, AK

David Stensrud
Gunderson’s
Sioux Falls, SD

Joshua Summers
Orin Jewelers
Northville, MI

Diane Thielker
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MA

Munya Avigail Upin
Alchemy 9.2.5
Belmont, MA

Doreen Vashlishan
Werkheiser Jewelers
Bethlehem, PA

Deborah Vattelana
R. Bruce Carson Jewelers
Hagerstown, MD

Michael Vesely
The Vault at Kolman & Co
Murrysville, PA

Radu Vidrascu
Stefan Otter Jewelers
Rochester, NY

Monica Walker
Hamilton Jewelers
Princeton, NJ

George Ward
Ward’s Jewelers
Bonsall, CA

Erika Weston
Krikawa Jewelry Designs
Tucson, Arizona

Rita Wright
Straith’s Jewelry
Centralia, IL

Sherry Yarnal
Yarnal Jewelers
Castro Valley, CA

Robert Young
Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire
Belleair Bluffs, FL

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