The American Gem Society's new app puts you to the test, as you race through 10 challenging questions in any one of five fun categories, ranging from Jewelry Facts to Jewelry in Pop Culture.
The web-based quizzes have a timed element that requires each multiple-choice question to be answered within 25 seconds — the time it takes for the outline of a diamond shape to be fully rendered at the bottom of the screen. After the 10 questions are completed, the AGS app rates the user’s knowledge on a scale from bronze to platinum. When we took the "Celebrity Marriages and Jewelry" quiz, we earned a score of 80% and a "Platinum" designation.
The idea of presenting fun, informative jewelry and gemstone facts in a challenging game environment is called "gamification."
"The American Gem Society is always looking for new ways to engage and inform the consumer," said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories.
The five categories include the following: Celebrity Marriages and Jewelry; Jewelry Facts; Jewelry in Pop Culture; Royal Jewelry; and Songs About Jewelry. Readers who have followed our blog's Music Friday feature will recognize many of the songs.
After taking a 10-question quiz, you'll have the option of trying the same category again or picking a new one.
Here are a few examples of the questions that you're likely to encounter. Most are suited to jewelry lovers of all ages...
Celebrity Marriages and Jewelry Quiz
Q: For her second marriage, this style icon was given a $2.6 million engagement ring from her shipping tycoon fiancé. She reportedly only wore the 40-carat diamond ring twice before depositing it into a bank vault.
• Kate Moss
• Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
• Audrey Hepburn
Jewelry Facts Quiz
Q: This term is used to measure the shape, angle, and proportions of a diamond or gemstone.
Jewelry in Pop Culture Quiz
Q: From the 1997 blockbuster movie, Titanic, this heart-shaped fictitious jewel dazzled on screen and (spoiler alert!) "accidentally" fell into the ocean at the end of the movie.
• The Sapphire of the Sea
• The Heart of the Ocean
• The Heart of the Atlantic
• The Hope Diamond
Royal Jewelry Quiz
Q: This very famous 45.52-carat blue diamond, then named the French Blue, was once owned by King Louis XVI.
• The Blue Diamond
• The Hope Diamond
• The French Diamond
• The Sapphire Diamond
Songs About Jewelry Quiz
Q: "If I gave you diamonds and pearls, would you be a happy boy or a girl? If I could I would give you the world. But all I can do is just offer you my love."
• Rihanna — "Diamonds"
• Prince — "Diamonds and Pearls"
• Madonna — "Material Girl"
• Kanye West — "Diamonds Are Forever"
You can find the answers to these questions and many more at the AGS app at this link.
Credit: Screen captures via AmericanGemSociety.org.