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1. Blue-violet in color, this gem dates back to the Vikings. They used it to filter the sun's rays in order view the position of the sun in the sky for navigational purposes. Which gem is it?
2. Carved artifacts and jewelry made from this rich blue gemstone were discovered in Egyptian burial sites predating 3000 B.C.E. In powdered form it was used by ancient Egyptians for cosmetics and even medicine. What is this highly prized stone called?
3. It's very name suggests water. Which light blue gemstone is also a birthstone for the month of March?
4. Blue is the most valuable shade of this gemstone. It's a birthstone for the month of September. Which gemstone is it?
5. Named for the California river where it was discovered in 1906, this bright blue gem is the official state gem of California. Which of the following is it?
6. The color of fossilized tree resin is usually yellow. However, a rare shade of blue can be found mostly in mountainous regions of the Dominican Republic. What is this rare gem called?
7. The name of this gem comes from the French word "Turkish" because it was originally transported to Europe through Turkey. It has been around for thousands of years and never seems to go out of fashion. Which stone is it?
8. The Greek word "kyanos," which means "dark blue," lends itself to the name for this gemstone. Easily identified by the elongated, flattened blades, name this gemstone.
9. Named for the country in which it was discovered in 1967, this gem is a beautiful purplish blue in color. In fact it has been mistaken for sapphire. Which gem is it?
10. Sounding like something you have when you're hungry, the actual meaning of the stone's name comes from the Greek word for "deceit." The mineral occurs in a wide range of igneous rocks found in a wide range of countries: Madagascar, Brazil, Pakistan, Russia, Namibia and the U.S. It is known by what name?
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