Geol. 198B Homework #1: Basic Terms 20 pts. **

The answers to the following questions will be found in the text reading assignments, and the assigned web essays for Lesson 1.

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1. b

2. quartz

3. False

4. etc....

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1. Which of these is an ancient explanation for the origin of the gem amber? Amber is:

a. solidified sunshine

b. permanently frozen water

c. geologically altered tree resin

d. birds' tears

e. semi-melted gold

2. What is the most valuable precious metal?


3. Which is the least appropriate jewelry use for the gem chrome diopside?

a. brooches or pins

b. daily wear rings

c. pendants

d. earrings

e. occasional wear rings with protective settings

4. What does the Hall text suggest is the most important aspect of gem beauty?

a. color

b. transparency

c. luster

d. clarity

e. brilliance

5. There are no notable deposits of jet yet found in:

a. England

b. Africa

c. Spain

d. the USA

6. A commonly used, reasonably good looking, inexpensive simulant for the natural gem aquamarine is:

a. medium light greenish blue beryl

b. blue quartz

c. blue synthetic spinel

d. synthetic aquamarine

e. blue topaz

7. Of pearl, coral, ivory or amber, which does the Lyman text say is/are totally non-crystalline?

a. pearl

b. coral

c. ivory

d. amber

e. all of the above

8. True or False: A major deposit of rock crystal is located in the USA in the State of New York:


9. A glass simulant of jet that was popular in Victorian times is known as:

a. vulcanite

b. black onyx

c. black amber

d. ebony wood

e. French jet

10. The most valuable color for Benitoite is:

a. very light blue

b. very dark blue

c. medium dark blue

d. blue green

e. medium light blue

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