Spinel has long been one of the most under-appreciated gemstones on the market, yet it is coveted by collectors and gemologists for its range of hues and spectacular optical properties. Spinel was recently added as an official birthstone for August, raising its exposure to new heights. Recognized and prized for its hardness, brilliance, and unlike many other gem types, spinel is rarely treated or enhanced in any way. Many believe the name spinel comes from the Greek word for ’spark’. This name suits spinel well since it is a singularly refractive stone and is formed with cubic crystals similar to diamond, which gives this gemstone remarkable brilliance and fire. Watch the video below to see how even rough spinel has an unmatched brilliance.
Spinel comes in many different colors however red and blue are the most notable because for centuries they were mistaken for ruby and sapphire. One of the most famous rubies in history was discovered to not be a ruby at all, but a red spinel. This shocking discovery is what gave birth to the study of gems and gemology. The Black Prince’s stone was given to him in payment for an expensive military campaign, and the “Balas Ruby” became treasured by many English monarchs. This stone, with much appeal and allure is now known to be a spinel.
Spinels are an attractive alternative to ruby and sapphire as the same trace elements that color corundum are also what colors different colors of spinels, which come in an array of colors- ranging from a continuum of intense reds and pinks, down to the cool hues of blue and violet. Chromium causes the fiery red color of red spinels, and a mixture of cobalt and iron colors the striking blue color of stones from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a top source for blue “cobalt” spinels, which are sought after for their vivid, intense blue color. In addition, the Mogok region of Myanmar (much like Burmese rubies) is a renowned source for the finest red and hot-pink spinel. While all colors of spinel are beautiful in their own way, red is the rarest in nature and the most valuable. In addition to similar trace elements, and sources that are shared with ruby and sapphire, spinels form in the same metamorphic rock as corundum and are found in the same deposits. Wear a piece of rare history with any of our beautiful spinel pieces or view them in person at an Omi Privé Authorized Retailer.
CUPRIAN TOURMALINE RING TAKES TOP PRIZE IN CLASSICAL DIVISIONThe annual American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards competition was held in New York City this past week with over 400 entries from jewelry designers and gemstone lapidaries. Omi Privé was awarded five prizes in multiple categories by the esteemed panel of industry judges, which was comprised of both jewelry retailers and designers.
The first place prize for the Classical division was bestowed upon Omi Privé’s 10.23 carat cuprian elbaite tourmaline, Paraíba tourmaline and diamond platinum ring. Bridal Manufacturing Honors were awarded to a suite of three perfectly matched padparadscha sapphires, 7.17 total carats set with diamonds in a 3-stone 18K rose gold ring. Also, in the Bridal Wear category, a 6.12 carat cabochon alexandrite ring designed by Niveet Nagpal, and submitted by Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection was awarded third place. In the Business/Day Wear category a 9.39 carat black opal and Paraíba tourmaline pendant was awarded second place and blue sapphire and diamond cufflinks were bestowed with Men’s Wear Platinum Honors.
“There is no finer recognition in the world of colored gemstones than to receive a Spectrum Award,” stated president and head designer Niveet Nagpal. “This competition is the pinnacle of our industry, to receive five awards is an incredible honor. Accolades such as this validate our passion for gemstones and the designs that they inspire. Thank you to the judges for recognizing my ultimate vision for each individual gemstone and the care we take with our hand craftsmanship.”
Bridal Wear Manufacturing Honors
Padparadscha Sapphire and Diamond 3-Stone Ring
Classical 1st Place
Cuprian Elbaite Tourmaline and Diamond Ring
Bridal Wear Third Place
Alexandrite Cabochon and Diamond Platinum Ring
Business/Day Wear Second Place
Opal, Paraíba Tourmaline and Diamond Pendant
Men’s Wear Platinum Honors
The American Gem Trade Association will honor all Spectrum Award Winners at the annual Spectrum Awards Gala at the 2019 AGTA Tucson Gem show. Further details of the award-winning pieces may be found online at OmiPrivé.com.
Sapphire and Diamond Platinum Cufflinks
The July/August issue of the top jewelry industry magazine, JCK, features a regal canine friend and Omi Privé’s pink tourmaline and tanzanite ring. Celebrating the “Year of the Dog”, the cover model, an Ibizan hound named Magnolia, was literally “Best in Show” wearing jewels and admiring a few Omi Privé rings. The cover feature highlights many designs from Vegas jewelry week; a trophy-worthy array of ocean-blue gems, rainbow delights, and deco artistry which includes Omi Privé’s award-winning moonstone, sapphire and diamond ring and our bold pink tourmaline and tanzanite ring.
A lovely oval pink tourmaline is at the center of this bold rose gold ring which was featured on the JCK cover. Held by a bezel set and surrounded by diamonds, this ring has a special cut tanzanite gracing each side.
Omi Privé’s award-winning moonstone and sapphire ring flanked by two pear shaped diamonds glows in the photo shoot with Maggie the Ibizan hound.
Winning Streak Continues with Prizes for Four New Designs
(Los Angeles, CA – May 15, 2018) High quality gemstone purveyor and jewelry design house Omi Privé is awarded four more honors at the 2018 edition of the Jewelers’ Choice Awards by JCK, to add to their growing list of recognitions and accomplishments.
With three rings placing in the top three in their respective categories and an additional ring placing in the top two, the company has now been awarded a total of sixteen JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards since Omi Privé’s inception in 2012.
“It’s an absolute honor to be recognized by our peers in this prestigious competition,” stated Omi Privé president and head designer Niveet Nagpal. “Each award presented to our company since its 2012 launch is a testament to our vision and our passion. On behalf of everyone at Omi Privé, I’d like to thank JCK for the opportunity to take part in this competition, and also thank those in the jewelry and gem industries for their continued support.”
This year’s prizes were taken in the Platinum Jewelry over $10,000 category, the Colored Stone Jewelry between $2,501-$10,000 category, the Best Statement Piece over $30,000 category, and the Best Bridal Design over $10,000 category, which saw an Omi Privé platinum ring showcasing an extraordinary 10.03 carat cushion-cut blue sapphire center as a finalist. The award-winning ring also featured 0.44 carats of round sapphires set halo-style, and 0.89 carats of French-cut white diamond baguettes accentuating the ring’s shank. This very special piece – as with all jewelry created by Omi Privé – was crafted by hand in Los Angeles, California.
Further details of the award-winning rings may be found online at OmiPrivé.com, or viewed in person in Salon 916, at the LUXURY by JCK show in Las Vegas from May 30th through June 4th, 2018.
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MOONSTONE & SAPPHIRE RING NAMED WINNER BY PRESTIGOUS CENTRUION RETAILERS
(Los Angeles, CA—February 13, 2018) Omi Privé’s moonstone and sapphire ring was named recipient of the 2018 Centurion Design Awards in the “Casual Fashion Jewelry over $5,000” category. The awards are presented annually to talented designers in multiple categories during the invitation-only Centurion Jewelry Show held at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.
Exhibitors of the Centurion Show display their most innovative and trend-inspiring jewelry designs during the event where esteemed retailer and media attendees are invited to vote for their favorite design in each category. Winners of the Design Awards were presented during Centurion’s Second Annual Triple Treat Dinner & Dancing Event sponsored by The Knot, where Niveet Nagpal, President and Head Designer of Omi Privé accepted the award for the moonstone ring (watch the video on our Facebook page).
“When I saw the moonstone with such a strong blue sheen it really spoke to me. I knew I wanted to create a design that really focused on framing the stone and pulling out the inner blue glow. I decided to frame it with royal blue sapphires set in black rhodium, like a blue moon in the night sky,” said Niveet. A 7.28 carat moonstone glows at the center of the award winning platinum ring. The moonstone is accented with 0.32 carats of round blue sapphires flanked by 0.21 carats of pear shaped diamonds. To view the winning design please visit omiprive.com.
Niveet Nagpal of Omi Privé accepting the revered Centurion Design Award.
There’s been a lot of love surrounding colored gemstones lately and at Omi Privé we understand why. There’s nothing more glorious or rare than a fine colored gemstone jewelry design. And the most well-known gem, the sapphire, is at the center of two recent engagements.
Earlier this month Gwyneth Paltrow was engaged to writer and producer Brad Falchuk with a stunning deep blue sapphire ring. The Goop founder stepped out this past weekend at the Producers Guild Awards in a red-hot Alex Perry dress, a brilliant color contrast to her gorgeous blue sapphire engagement ring.
Although this design below isn’t Gwyneth’s actual engagement ring, we’re delighted to offer you this similar 20.03 carat sapphire and platinum ring with black rhodium accents. View this and many other rare sapphire designs on our website.
The Royal family is also adding another soon-to-be famous sapphire ring to the family. Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank announced their engagement this past weekend with a stunning padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring. Padparadscha is known for its unique and perfect combination of pink and orange. It’s one of our favorite gemstones because its a true connoisseur stone which emanates the color of the sunset. Omi Privé has many attention-grabbing bridal designs featuring this very rare sapphire. What color would would you choose for your gemstone ring? To see Omi Privé jewelry in person, plan a visit to one of our official retailers near you.
As we get into the heart of the shopping season, we at Omi Privé want to make sure that that you are up to date on the season’s latest styles of both one-of-a-kind pieces and classics.
Our popular blue sapphire Duet stud earrings make a perfect holiday gift. Adding the second halo to these earrings adds a level of sophistication and style that is sure to be noticed. These earrings can be worn formally or with a white t-shirt and jeans.
Indicolite and Alexandrite Sevilla Ring
One of the most captivating colors in the gemstone world is the rich blue-green color of indicolite tourmaline. We accent this 3.5 carat tourmaline with fine Brazilian alexandrites and diamonds in an 18K yellow gold setting for added warmth. The open gallery allows light to flow through the gemstone to maximize its brilliance.
Icy Blue Sapphire Ring
An amazing one-of-a-kind platinum ring, featuring a 13.26 carat emerald cut sapphire. The sapphire is a soft, cool blue that is mesmerizing to look at on your finger. The step cuts make it seem like you are gazing into a deep pool of water.
Ruby Duet Pendant
If you are looking for a symbolic gift this year, this ruby pendant might be the perfect option. The heart shape represents love, and the deep red color of the rubies symbolizes passion. The recipient of this pendant should have no doubt about your true feelings for her.
Blue Sapphire Bypass Ring
This is our contemporary take on a classic style. Our blue sapphire bypass ring is hand-crafted from platinum and uses perfectly matched suites of blue sapphires and diamond baguettes. We add black rhodium behind the accent sapphires and on the prongs for a bolder, slightly edgier feel.
Colombian Cushion Cut Emerald Ring
One of the prettiest emeralds we have ever seen is the centerpiece of this one-of-a-kind platinum ring. The rich green color, with a hint of blue, combined with the unusual clarity of the emerald makes this a very special piece. The details in this ring add to its value with ideal cut diamonds, fancy yellow diamonds and additional accent emeralds in the gallery.
Brazilian Alexandrite and Diamond Duet Necklace
Fine Brazilian alexandrite is one of nature’s true treasures. It has natural color-change properties from a deep teal color to a purplish-red. The mine’s production has all but stopped, so if you want to own one of these special gems, don’t wait too much longer. This one-of-a-kind pendant features a pear shape alexandrite surrounded by halos of alexandrites and diamonds then topped with a kite shape diamond surrounded by alexandrites.
To see Omi Privé jewelry in person, plan a visit to one of our official retailers near you: http://omiprive.com/retailers/
Our blue sapphire pear shape Duet ring is currently featured in the Winter 2017 edition of The Knot. We love being the “something blue” option for brides-to-be!
One of today’s most popular gemstones is the multi-hued tourmaline. This fabulous gemstone comes in almost every color in the rainbow and is durable enough for everyday wear. In fact, its name comes from “tormalli” – which means mixed gems in the Sinalhese language of Sri Lanka. It has a rich history and many claims to its metaphysical powers, including warding off dangers, inducing sleep and providing assistance to artists, actors, writers and others in creative pursuits. Tourmaline, along with opal, is a traditional birthstone for the month of October.
Tourmalines are found all over the world, including here in the United States, in Maine and California. Maine is known for producing fabulous green and blue-green gems, while California is known for its pink and red production. Back in the late 1800’s, California tourmalines were all the rage in China, where the Empress Tz’u Hsi was a big fan of the gems. This trade came to a quick halt with the Xinhai Revolution of 1912. Tiffany & Co. also promoted the “American” gem heavily in the early 1900’s through the writings of famed gemologist George F. Kunz.
Paraiba tourmaline is the most valuable of all tourmalines, and perhaps the most confusing. These neon greenish-blue tourmalines were just discovered in the Paraiba province of Brazil in 1989. These beautiful gemstones, which owe their color to trace amounts of copper, took the trade by storm and were bought up quickly. In 2003, similar colored tourmalines were discovered in Mozambique, some in much larger sizes. Even though they were not from Brazil, they were still referred to as “paraiba” (with a small “p”) based on the now accepted trade name for that color of tourmaline and not its origin. The fact that these paraiba tourmalines are copper-bearing has also lead to other colors of tourmalines being referred to as paraibas, even in purple and pink hues – see where the confusion might lie?
The most common color of tourmaline used in jewelry today is green tourmaline. It is typically a rich, forest green color that quenches the thirst of the green-loving population. We use green tourmaline in many of our settings, either as a stand-alone gem or as the center in one of our signature Duet rings. Green tourmaline is the perfect complement and contrast when we use color-change alexandrites as a halo around the gem.
Tourmaline is an under-appreciated gemstone. It exhibits a wide range of colors in a wide range of price levels. If you love colored gemstones, then tourmalines should be high on your wish list. We appreciate its ease of use and breadth of color in many of our jewelry designs.
When you think of a sapphire, a blue gemstone probably comes to mind first. This is not surprising as the blue sapphire is considered one of the three Classic Gemstones, along with emerald and ruby, and has been valued for centuries. Yet, as hallowed a place that blue sapphires hold in the gemstone world, we can’t ignore the other colors of sapphire that are special in their own right.
Sapphire is the gem variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum comes in all colors of the spectrum and is called sapphire for every color except red, when it is referred to as ruby. A sapphire’s value is determined by several factors including color, clarity and origin. Whether a sapphire is treated in some way, generally by heating, can affect its value as well. Let’s look at a few examples of some of our favorite fancy color sapphires.
Sapphires come in many shades of pink, from super vivid to a barely discernable wisp. Value is often determined by the saturation of pink throughout the gem, but with lighter pink sapphires, the quality of the cutting and clarity may have a bigger impact. A premium is placed on sapphires that are completely natural with no external enhancements or treatments. The 6.61 carat pink sapphire is one of those special, natural pink sapphires.
Named after the lotus flower blossom of Sri Lanka, the orangey-pink Padparadscha sapphire is a favorite amongst colored gemstone connoisseurs. These special sapphires are rare in their optimal color and typically demand a hefty premium over pink or orange sapphires. As you can see above with this 5.73 carat oval, we love to surround our padparadscha sapphires with rose gold to complement the color.
Some of the prettiest sapphires are in the purple family. These gems range in color including lilac, lavender and deep, royal purple. The color is believed to be a result of trace amounts of vanadium in the sapphire. We love to work with sapphires in this color range, often pairing them with pink sapphires in rose gold for a very rich look.
Fine green sapphires are rare, bold and really beautiful. The green color is caused by trace amounts of iron within the gemstone. The color ranges from pale to rich, dark shades. When we obtain a top quality green sapphire, we like to accent it with alexandrites and diamonds for an interesting combination – as can be seen in the ring above.
We could use up a lot more space going on and on about all of the different colors of sapphire, but we need to leave some for us to discuss in a future blog. Sapphires in all colors are a great addition to any collection as they are durable and have lasting value. The best part is that no matter what your favorite color is that there is a sapphire available for you in that color. We always have a great selection of fancy colored sapphire jewelry on hand or we can provide an unset gemstone for custom designs. Call or email us today.