I won’t lie, this is not an easy test.
Gemstones are a complicated subject.
I mean, there are thousands upon thousands of gemstones that range anywhere from mineral gemstones (like common birthstones) to organic gemstones (like pearl and ivory) to artificial gems and created gemstones (like cubic zirconia and created alexandrite).
Gemstones are a vast and endless sea of colors, properties, composition and chemicals. You would have to be an expert in just about every field of gemstone to be able to breeze through this test.
But that’s not the purpose for this quiz. While I know it’s difficult, I have gone through lengths to keep it as simple as possible and to hopefully teach and interest you in the wonderful world of gemstones.
So don’t worry if you have to guess and scratch your head on these… It’s all in good fun. I’ll explain the answers at the end of the quiz where you’ll be able to also rate your test scores.
So grab a pencil and paper, write down your answers, check them at the end, and good luck on the quiz (there are only 50 questions!!!)
Here we go…
The Gemstone Quiz:
For a rock to be considered a gemstone, it must have great what?
The birthstone for which month is considered a kaleidoscope?
Hardness in gemstones refers to what?
- Its Resistance to Scratching
- Its Durability
- Its position on the Moh’s scale
- Its ability to break along planar surfaces
Transparent beryl is what gemstone?
- White sapphire
- Cubic zirconia
- Watermelon tourmaline
Are synthetic gemstones considered a mineral?
Out of all the gemstones in the world, none have the occurrence of gold in them?
Tanzanite is an official birthstone for the month of december?
Hematite is what color?
- Dark blue
- Shades of green
- Steel grey
Is color a reliable characteristic that can be used to identify a gemstone?
Which is not a hue of color?
Sapphires cannot be what color?
The gemstones emerald and topaz originated from the same parent rock?
What is the only mineral listed below that is harder than an alexandrite?
- Lapis Luzuli
What is the most valuable gem in Asia?
- Cat’s Eye
The rarest color of topaz is?
Garnets do not come in what color?
Gemstones are usually cut how?
What gemstone is said to keep you from getting drunk?
Which stone is not a real gemstone?
- Cat’s Eye
- Bat’s Eye
- Hawk’s Eye
- Tiger’s Eye
Jade is the most precious gemstone in what country?
If you rub amber with a cloth you will form static electricity?
G.F. Kunz is a famous gemologist known for what gemstone?
What gemstone is often called the bad luck gemstone?
A cabochon cut is what cut?
Most gemstones are colorless when pure?
Emeralds have oily pits?
The best colored tanzanites come from Russia?
An opal doublet is an opal that ___________?
- Has double the color of a normal opal
- Shows 2 distinct body hues
- Is 2 different gemstones glued together
- Is coated with varnish to make it more durable
What birthstone can change from one color to another under different lighting?
What birthstone looks like a watermelon?
How many star points does a star sapphire have?
A .25 carat gemstone is what MM size?
- 4.1 mm
- 2.4 mm
- 3.2 mm
- 3.5 mm
Which blue is not a common topaz color?
- Sky blue
- London blue
- Swiss blue
- Sea blue
A fire opal is what color?
Old, dried-out pearls usually turn what color?
What birthstone is known as the sailor’s gem?
Ametrine is a combination of what 2 birthstone months?
- January & August
- February & November
- May & December
- October & March
Black onyx is not actually onyx?
Alexandrite was named after a 12 year old boy in Russia?
Which one is not a gemstone?
- Mother of Pearl
There is no accepted grading system for clarity in gemstones?
If a step-cut has its corners cut off, what is it called?
- Emerald cut
- Cushion cut
- Baguette cut
- Oval cut
What color of good quality jade is the most expensive?
What gemstone should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner?
The most valued color of moonstone is?
Tiffany introduced tanzanite to the market in what year?
What color of pearl stands for money?
The best gemstone to buy a guy is what?
- Tiger’s Eye
- Black Onyx
Only one month’s birthstone stands for devotion . Which one?
What stone is said to protect against nightmares?
Extra credit questions: (worth 2 pts each)
(Just to help you out.)
What gemstone is made by “mantle tissue activation?”
- Chocolate diamonds
- Chocolate pearls
- Moissanite diamonds
On the Moh’s scale of hardness , what gemstone is rated a 2.5?
So there you have it. 50 ways to say I love gemstones. How do you think you did?
Check your answers below.
Grades and scores follow… Good luck!
Question 1 Answer:
C – Beauty – If it’s not beautiful, no one would want it.
Question 2 Answer:
D – October – The opal has constantly changing colors.
Question 3 Answer:
A – Its resistance to scratching.
Question 4 Answer:
B – Aquamarine – Transparent beryl is very water-like.
Question 5 Answer:
B – No – Minerals are made in nature. Synthetics are made in the laboratory.
Question 6 Answer:
A – True – None have ever been found mixed with gold.
Question 7 Answer:
A – True – It was added to the official birthstone list just a couple of years ago.
Question 8 Answer:
D – Steel grey.
Question 9 Answer:
B – No – Color can change so much depending on the lighting used… Daylight, fluorescents, light bulbs…
Question 10 Answer:
C – Black – Black is not a hue. Black is a tone. ;)
Question 11 Answer:
A – Red – The only color a sapphire cannot be is red. When it is red it is actually called a ruby.
Question 12 Answer:
B – False – Emerald & topaz do not come from the same rock, but emerald & aquamarine do – Beryl.
Question 13 Answer:
B – Corundum – Corundum is actually the second most hardest natural gemstone… Diamond being number one.
Question 14 Answer:
C – Cat’s eye. Hindus believe cat’s eye will bring them wealth.
Question 15 Answer:
A – White – Pure topaz is white or colorless and very rare.
Question 16 Answer:
A – Blue.
Question 17 Answer:
D – Deep – A stone cut deep helps enhance the color of the gemstone.
Question 18 Answer:
B – Amethyst – Amethyst means without drunkenness in Greek.
Question 19 Answer:
B – Bat’s eye – All the rest are real gemstones.
Question 20 Answer:
A – China.
Question 21 Answer:
A – True – It’ll make your hair stand on end.
Question 22 Answer:
D – Kunzite. Almost too easy. :)
Question 23 Answer:
B – Opal is correct. A lot of people shy away from them.
Question 24 Answer:
B – Domed.
Question 25 Answer:
A – True.
Question 26 Answer:
A – True – Emeralds have porous pits in them and are often oiled to make the emerald look better.
Question 27 Answer:
B – False – Tanzanites don’t come from Russia, they only come from Tanzania.
Question 28 Answer:
C – Is 2 different gemstones glued together – Doublets are usually a combination of opal and chalcedony, onyx or glass glued together with black glue.
Question 29 Answer:
B – Alexandrite – Alexandrite changes from reds and purples to greens.
Question 30 Answer:
October’s birthstone, the tourmaline – Tourmalines that are half green and half pink are called watermelon tourmalines.
Question 31 Answer:
C – 6 points (see picture at top). The intersecting lines stand for faith, hope and destiny.
Question 32 Answer:
A – 4.1 mm.
Question 33 Answer:
D – Sea blue is not a topaz color.
Question 34 Answer:
A – Orange – Fire opals are very beautiful and have a deep orange sunset hue to them.
Question 35 Answer:
B – Yellow – Just look at your grandmother’s pearl necklace and you’ll see. Read: Pearls turn yellow.
Question 36 Answer:
C – Aquamarine – The aquamarine is said to give safe passage through rough seas.
Question 37 Answer:
B – February & November – Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine, which would be half purple and half yellow.
Question 38 Answer:
A – True – Black onyx is actually chalcedony dyed black.
Question 39 Answer:
A – True – Named for Czar Alexander II on his 12th birthday in 1830.
Question 40 Answer:
C – Lapus. This was tricky. It’s spelled wrong. It’s actually spelled Lapis (Lapis Lazuli).
Question 41 Answer:
A – True – Some gemstones need flaws and imperfections to help bring out the stone’s strong color.
Question 42 Answer:
A – Emerald cut – Because a lot of emeralds are cut like this.
Question 43 Answer:
D – Green – “Emerald green” to be exact.
Question 44 Answer:
C – Malachite – Keep this stone away from heat and ammonia. Read more about Gemstones that shouldn’t be put in the ultrasonic cleaner.
Question 45 Answer:
C – Blue – Blue moon anyone?
Question 46 Answer:
A – 1969 – Tanzanite’s birthday.
Question 47 Answer:
D – Green – Green = money. Was this a given or what?
Question 48 Answer:
B – Sapphire – Sapphire is the best gemstone you could give a guy. It’s durable, masculine and guys like it.
Question 49 Answer:
C – July – The birthstone for july not also stands for devotion, but success, strength, nobility, contentment, love, enthusiasm, integrity and harmony as well.
Question 50 Answer:
A – Moonstone – Moonstones are said to do a lot of interesting things. Read: What are moonstones?
Question 51 Answer:
C – Chocolate pearls – (2 pts) Chocolate pearls are made with this bizarre name. Read more about it: Chocolate pearls.
Question 52 Answer:
A – Ivory (2 pts) Ivory is very soft and can be scratched by a copper penny. Read more about the Moh’s scale of hardness.
So how did you score?
Total up your points:
Gemstone Novice – Practice up. Start with the 12 (really 17) birthstones and go from there…
Gemstone Rookie – Keep studying. Keep reading. Take it all in. I would suggest you buy some books on the subject. It’s fascinating. Read: Best gemstone books to buy.
Gemstone Scholar – Not too bad. Not too bad at all. You have the basic gemstones down. You’re really starting to understand them. It’s not easy. Very respectable.
Gemstone Specialist – I’m impressed. You know your gems and birthstones. You understand about color and quality. What a great job. Don’t stop now… There’s so much more to learn.
Gemstone Master – Excellent! WOW! Congratulations are due. You know a lot about gemstones. You’ve been training and studying hard. If you’re not already a gemologist, you should be. You have a big passion for gems and it shows.
Expert Gemologist – Absolutely perfect! I think you’re a pro in the gem field and you are at the very top when it comes to gemstones and gemstone knowledge. :) Hats off to you. You love your gems.
If you have any questions or comments about this quiz, email me. I’d love to hear from you.