Quiz: Can You Identify More Than 11 of These Gemstones?
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Can You Identify More Than 11 of These Gemstones?
By: Teresa McGlothlin
Image: Julie Thurston/Moment Open/Getty Images

About This Quiz

Gemstones have long been prized for their beauty and their spiritual properties, but how many of them can you identify from a photo? With more gemstones out there than we can possibly fit into this quiz, it might not be as easy as you think it will be. If you can correctly identify more than 11 of them, you might want to seek out certification in gemstone science!

As you mine your way through our photos, try to remember all of those gemstones you recognize from a jewelry store. Then, push your knowledge a lot further. During this quiz, we have dug up many gemstones that might not fall on the popular or precious side of the scale. We want to challenge you and we want to see how well you do, so we have not made it easy. 

When you see the photo, take a moment to consider the correct name of the gemstone you see. Remember to take all the time you need, and try to utilize the hints we've given you if you get stuck. With a little hard work and a lot of thinking, we think you'll get far more than 11 right. Or will you? 


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This gemstone shares October with the opal - do you know what it is?
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A gemstone known for glowing when put in front of a light source, are you able to name it?
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What is the name of this gemstone you might give someone for their 14th anniversary?
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Can you identify this dark gemstone from the agate family?
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Which gemstone name belongs with the photo you see here?
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This unique gemstone dates all the way back to the 1500s - can you figure out its name?
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Also known as Wednesday's official gem, what is this purple gemstone's other name?
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Are you able to correctly identify the pink gemstone seen in this photo?
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What is the name of this gemstone that is known as a symbol of vitality?
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This gemstone is more than 585 million years old - can you identify its proper name?
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The gemstone seen here is a cousin of the emerald - can you name it?
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Found in Greenland, the gemstone in this photo has an interesting name. What is it?
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In French, this gemstone's name means "lemon," but do you know what we call it?
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Can you identify the gemstone you see here?
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At only $20 per carat, this gemstone is a bargain. Can you choose the right name for it?
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It's easily recognized by its color, but what is this popular gemstone's name?
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What is the name of this colorless, colorful gemstone?
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March claims this gemstone as its birthstone - do you know its proper name?
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Do you know the correct name of this green gemstone?
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This gemstone is one of the world's most expensive. What would you call it?
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If you are looking for motivation, this gemstone will help. What is it?
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The sign of Taurus lays claim to this as its planetary gemstone. Can you identify it from the list below?
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Don't let the name of this gemstone fool you! Can you figure it out?
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Which of the names below is the correct name of the gemstone seen here?
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The Columbian variety of this gemstone is the most expensive, but what is it called?
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Can you identify the other name of the Stephilia's Stone seen here?
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It's not quite a gemstone, but it's often included in gemstone lists. Can you identify it?
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Sometimes called the Holy Stone, this gemstone has another name. What is it?
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Most popular for its green tones, this gemstone come in many colors. Can you identify it?
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The gemstone in this photo is one of the world's most prized. What do you call it?
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Do you know the name of this gemstone that is said to improve circulation?
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These gemstone is known for its dramatic banding - can you identify the correct name for it?
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Can you correctly identify the Canadian gemstone you see in this photo?
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This interesting-looking gemstone is said to increase compassion levels. What is it named?
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What is the name of this gemstone from the jasper family?
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If you are looking to enhance your psychic abilities, you'll need to know the name of this stone. What is it?
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A carat of this gemstone will cost you more than $3,000. Can you identify its name?
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Do you know what this Bolivian gemstone is named?
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A variety of this gemstone is called Cat's Eye. What is the name of the variety seen here?
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What is the name of the lightly colored gemstone in this photo?
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