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.