The weather is starting to cool off (for some of us!) and school is in full swing, which means Fall is upon us and we are celebrating September birthdays with sapphire. Imagine your autumn outings with these brilliant sapphires as the centerpiece. Which will you fall in love with?
Grandidierite is one of the rarest minerals on earth. It was first discovered in 1902 in southern Madagascar and named in honor of French explorer Alfred Grandidier (1836–1912) who studied the natural history of Madagascar. The original discovery of the stone was located in a small pegmatite outcrop in the cliffs of Andrahomana, which is on the southern coast of Madagascar. Since its initial discovery, specimens of grandidierite have been found in select locations around the world, including Malawi, Namibia and Sri Lanka. In 2014, about 35 miles northwest of the original deposit find, in the Amboasary district of southern Madagascar’s Anosy region gem quality rough was discovered. With very few exceptions, the only location where gem quality material has been discovered is Southern Madagascar. Most faceted stones have been under 1 carat in size with obvious inclusions; in very rare finds 3 to 5 carats or slightly larger have been produced. It is strongly trichroic, meaning it appears as different shades of color from different angles, but it is often cut so that when facing up it has a blue to bluish green color.
Something we value here at Omi Privé is process. We have close relationships with miners and generations of industry partnerships in the loose colored gemstone business. These partnerships allow us to acquire gemstones that others don’t have access to. We specialize in sourcing because we see each gemstone as true artistic works of nature. For this three-stone ring, we combined another favorite gemstone of ours; alexandrite. Alexandrite is one of the most unique and rare gemstones ever discovered. Naturally, it changes colors in different lighting, from hues of greens and blues in daylight to reds and purples in incandescent light. Alexandrite was discovered in April of 1834 in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was named after Tsar Alexander II since it was discovered around the time of the future Tsar’s coming of age. Since red and green were the colors of Imperial Russia it quickly became the national stone of Russia, worn by royalty and nobility. We felt alexandrite was the perfect compliment to the center grandidierite of this ring. An exceptionally rare combination of gemstones, both grandidierite and alexandrite are two of the rarest gemstones in the world making this ring a true one-of-a-kind collector’s piece.
Watch the color change phenomena of this ring!
Refresh any wardrobe by adorning your ears with style and color! This season the runway is seeing earrings that are more colorful, bold and downright statement making. Celebrate your personal style with the gemstone that speaks to you. Which pair of earrings is your favorite?
Omi Privé takes First Place in the Luxury Debut Category with Purple Sapphire and Paraíba Tourmaline-Type Ring
With a unique passion for high-quality gemstone and fine jewelry design, Omi Privé was awarded first place honor in the Luxury Debut Category at the 2019 Luxury Design Awards, adding to their further recognition for creating the finest colored gemstone jewelry.
“Being a part of the esteemed LUXURY show during their 20th Anniversary celebrations was a true honor,” said Niveet Nagpal, Omi Privé President and Head Designer. “Thank you to our industry partners and Loretta Gordon Block from Gordons Gold Jewellers for bestowing such an honor upon our purple sapphire three stone ring.”
Chosen as a contender by Gordons Gold Jewellers, the Luxury Debut Category saw an Omi Privé Platinum ring with a 4.03-carat purple sapphire as the center gemstone, flanked by 2 Paraíba-Type Tourmaline Pear Shape side stones (1.03 ctw) for a harmonious pastel color palette. Color is what inspires many Omi Privé designs, and the colors in this unheated purple sapphire and the pear-shape Paraíba-type tourmalines tonally were a perfect complement. Relinquishing the idea of pairing “traditional” gemstones and colors allows Omi Privé to create unique designs and deliver to their customers something they might not have ever considered.
Further details of our award-winning rings may be found online at OmiPrivé.com.
18K rose gold pendant accented by black rhodium featuring a 7.10 carat pear-shape rainbow moonstone accented by a 0.51 carat pear-shape orange topaz, 0.40 carat total weight of round alexandrites and 0.08 carat total weight of round diamonds.
Platinum ring accented with black rhodium featuring a 11.17 carat oval moonstone accented by 5.40 carat total weight of oval buff-top sapphires, 0.40 carat total weight of round sapphires and 0.18 carat total weight of round diamonds.
Platinum ring accented by black rhodium featuring a 1.35 carat oval alexandrite accented by 1.29 carat total weight of oval alexandrites, 0.76 carat total weight of round alexandrites and 0.87 carat total weight of round diamonds.
Platinum earrings featuring 4.85 carat total weight of oval Paraiba-type tourmalines accented by 1.01 carat total weight of round Paraiba tourmalines and 1.20 carat total weight of round diamonds.
Here at Omi Privé, we are proud to present you with bold combinations of colored gemstones in high-quality jewelry that suit multiple occasions. View these and more new unique, handcrafted pieces at LUXURY at JCK Salon 702.
The Legacy of the Award-Winning Gemstone Jewelry Company Continues with First Place Win in Platinum Jewelry Category
(Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2019) With a unique passion for the highest quality gemstones and fine jewelry design, Omi Privé is awarded first place honor in the 2019 INSTORE Design Awards in the Platinum jewelry design category, adding to their further recognition in the jewelry industry worldwide.
Since Omi Prive’s inception in 2012, the company has now been recognized with over 30 awards from multiple esteemed competitions including; the W Readers’ Choice Awards, JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards, AGTA Spectrum Awards, Platinum Innovation Awards and the Centurion Design Awards.
This year’s prize was taken in the Platinum Jewelry over $10,000 category, which saw an Omi Privé platinum ring showcasing a vibrant 9.34-carat emerald cut blue Madagascar sapphire center gemstone as the First-Place winner. The award-winning ring also features 0.80 carats of round sapphires, 0.95 carats of carre cut diamond side stones, and 2.00 carats of all custom cut diamond baguettes throughout the design. “I wanted to keep the ring classic and structural since it was surrounding an emerald shape sapphire, while making it fun and unique at the same time,” said Niveet Nagpal, Head Designer and President of Omi Privé. “Platinum is always our metal of choice, but especially in a ring like this with so much detail. We’d like to thank the judges and retail partners for appreciating our passion for colored gemstones and the attention to detail required while working with platinum.”
The design is a modern take on Art Deco design, with clean and bold geometric lines. This very special piece – as with all jewelry created by Omi Privé – was handcrafted a team of experts in Los Angeles, California, whose passion for gemstones leads them to create bold, unique jewelry designs of the utmost quality. Further details of the award-winning rings may be found online at OmiPrivé.com, or viewed in person in Salon LUX702, at the LUXURY by JCK show in Las Vegas from May 29th through June 3rd, 2019.
Feldspars are the most abundant minerals in the earth’s crust, and the particular species: orthoclase, that contains moonstones has a history of being worn in jewelry almost as old as civilization. Moonstone is known for its distinct sheen, which ancient Greeks and Romans believed were trapped rays of moonlight. In fact the technical term for this sheen is adularescence; this magical stone was once called adularia deriving from Mt. Adular (now St. Gotthard) in Switzerland where it was once mined. Adularescence is a result of a natural growth pattern of alternating layers of feldspar minerals, orthoclase and albite. This layering causes an interference of light as it enters the stone, reflecting back as the sheen beloved in moonstones, making them appear to glow from within.
Legends say the stone provides good luck, Hindu legend believes it was formed by moonbeams, and in Arab countries, women historically sewed moonstones into their garments to promote fertility. Properties often associated with the moon has been applied to this gemstone, such as romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and love. Long been a favored gemstone in jewelry, designers of the romantic Art Nouveau era, such as René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany, heavily featured moonstone. Like most gemstones, the most prized moonstones contain no visible inclusions; they will also have a colorless, semi transparent to nearly transparent body color with strong vivid adularescence.
Rainbow moonstones also feature prominently in new designs by Omi Prive. Although also a feldspar, rainbow moonstones are from the labradorite species of the group. Labradorite Feldspar is most often associated with mining in Labrador, Canada, but Madagascar is a top source for rainbow moonstone which has a lighter or more transparent body color than traditional Labradorite. Both traditional moonstone and rainbow moonstone’s adularescence is caused by light reflection of twinning planes. With its phenomenal properties, pairing very fine rainbow moonstones with alexandrite accents creates designs that are constantly changing and encourage a deeper examination.
The runway has shown us a soft new color palette for 2019 that is full of dreamy spring colors. The colors you choose to wear or accessorize with generally sets the mood for the day; be it playful, romantic, timeless or anything in between. Take some spring-time inspiration from these Omi Privé pieces and add some glowing colors to your wardrobe!
As we enter February each year there is a feeling of love all around as we express our affection for others with greetings and gifts. According to some, St. Valentine’s day originated as the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated the coming of spring, fertility, and the pairing of men and women. Other sources, first attribute the day’s romantic symbolism to Geoffrey Chaucer’s poems mentioning ‘Valentine’ in the 14th century, specifically Parlement of Foules. Interestingly, Saint Valentine purportedly wore an ring, customary for Christian bishops, set with an amethyst and engraved with the image of Cupid, recognized as a symbol associated with love. Recognized by his ring, he was often asked to perform marriages and it is perhaps this anecdote that bolstered amethyst to become the birthstone for February. With time and by the late 1700’s sending Valentine’s cards became a hugely popular tradition. Naturally, as a day to show love and affection, the charming tradition for gifting sentimental jewelry emerged. Today we mostly associate the colors of red and pink with Valentine’s day. So while contemplating what to get your special someone this year, remember when you present an Omi Privé jewelry piece it is a symbol of rarity and beauty that will last for generations.