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.
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.
A year ago, August babies rejoiced at the news that spinel had been added as an official birthstone for the month to help alleviate their suffering at having the single-hued peridot as their only choice. Spinel brought to the table multiple colors and great life, along with a great deal of exposure for this underappreciated gemstone. So, what is it about this gem that prompted it’s rise to glory?
Although spinel was not commonly known, it has a rich history and was often misidentified for its close mineral cousin, ruby. In fact, one of the most famous rubies in the world, the Black Prince’s Ruby, is not a ruby at all, it is a 170 carat red spinel. This spinel is the centerpiece in the Imperial State Crown of England and it sits above the 317 carat Cullinan II diamond. It was given to the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, in 1327. The 350 carat Timur Ruby, presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company in 1851, is another example of a spinel that was assumed to be a ruby.
Aside from its historical significance, spinel is an incredibly beautiful gemstone. Vivid red is the most prized color, but pink, purple, orange and blue are also very valuable. FIne red spinel is very rare, even more rare than fine rubies. They were mined historically in the mountainous regions in modern day Afghanistan, but now most spinels are mined in Burma(Myanmar), Tanzania, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Unlike most sapphires and rubies, spinels are not typically treated in any way to improve color or clarity.
Spinel mining in Burma. Photo: GIA – V. Pardieu
At Omi Privé, we love the versatility and liveliness of spinel, pairing it with diamonds and other colored gemtones. As a featured center gem, spinel always grabs attention with its strong color and the way light works through the crystal. As accents in smaller sizes, spinels can provide great contrast to other gems or add additional life to spinels of the same color. Some of our most recognizable pieces have spinels as the focal point, such as the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Award-winning ring below.
We expect the popularity of spinels to grow as the word spreads about this very special gemstone. With spinels being a personal favorite of President and designer Niveet Nagpal, we plan to continue to create jewelry for our collections that includes spinels as the focal point and as accents. So, keep your eye out for the latest releases and look to add a spinel piece to your own personal collection.
There was a time in this great land, not too long ago, when a great behemoth of a company ruled the airwaves with a constant barrage of commercials stating that “A Diamond is Forever”. One would have been considered weird or rebellious to get engaged with anything other than a diamond. Well, things have changed here in the 21st century with a renaissance of color emerging in engagement rings. Women and men are choosing gemstones for their most important and symbolic piece of jewelry that better reflect them as individuals. It is a new age, free of any pressure or traditional bonds to choose fabulous color over the monotony of the colorless.
Prior to the days of mass marketing’s influence on the population, colored gemstones were far more popular as a symbol of one’s love for another. In fact, sapphires were the gemstone of choice in early engagement rings, not only for their beauty, value and symbolism of love, but they were also believed to reveal any infidelity of the wearer. In the 18th and 19th century, colored gemstones were valued higher than diamonds, so it was more special for a bride to receive a rarer, more valuable colored gemstone than a more run-of-the-mill diamond.
Today’s brides-to-be can choose from an incredible array of gemstones and hues. There are so many reasons that a person may connect with a particular type of gemstone. It could be as simple as a favorite color. It could be the origin of the gemstone. It could be a special cosmic trait that a gemstone posesses and creates a bond with the wearer. Whatever the reason, there is a universe of options available to the newly unshackled engagement ring shopper.
There are some practical considerations that should come into the decision-making process when choosing a colored gemstone engagement ring. One of the most important factors is durability. You will wear your engagement ring for a long time, so it is imperative to select a gemstone that will stand up to the daily grind of life. Really durable gemstones include sapphires, rubies, chrysoberyl (alexandrite), topaz and spinel. Within this list, you will find every color in the rainbow to select from. Your choices are endless and it is entirely up to the wearer as to which gemstone speaks to him or her.
Colored gemstones are returning as the symbol of love and romance as they have been throughout history. The few decades-long blip on the radar of mass marketed colorless stones is being replaced by a new era of freedom of choice and personal expression. We are honored and proud to be able to play a role in so many new special moments involving our beautiful colored gemstones and award-winning jewelry designs, and look forward to many more as color returns to its rightful place in the realm of romance.
Being born in October is not the easiest thing – you were either the youngest kid in your class or you missed the cutoff and you were one of the oldest. Depending on where you live, the dreary Fall weather sets in and you can’t do outside birthday parties like all of your friends who have spring and summer birthdays. But one thing that helps make it all better is that you get not one, but two fabulous gemstones as birthstones – opals and tourmalines!
Let’s start off with opals, they are literally a phenomenal group of gemstones. Opals are incredible spectacles of nature, formed by silica-laden water filling in cracks in rock over a hundred million years ago. No two opals are alike, each tells their own story in colors and patterns unique to the individual gemstone. There are many varities of opal as well. The best known, and most valuable, opals are the Australian black opals found deep in the Outback. Australia’s opals range in color from a milky white to plays of color including bright blues, greens, oranges and reds (the most desirable color) and can be opaque to transluscent in its crystal forms. Mexico produces vivid orange opals, with or without a play of color, called fire opals. A very popular form of opal that has hit the market in recent years is the Ethiopian opals, which have great plays of color. Singular color blue opals are found in Peru, and domestically in the state of Oregon. Opals are a favorite of Omi Privé head designer Niveet Nagpal, who has been recognized for several of his opal-centric pieces, including the 2015 Grand Prize winner in the JCK Jewelers Choice Awards.
Tourmalines, on the other hand, are wonderful gemstones that come in almost every color hue in the rainbow. Trace minerals mixing within the tourmaline crystal structure help determine the hue of the gemstone. For example, the electric neon blue color of Paraiba tourmalines is due in part to the presence of copper. Tourmalines also have special properties, they become electrically charged when heated or put under pressure. They are also doubly refractive, which means that light separates when going into the gemstone and causes the tourmaline to appear to have more “life” than other gems. At Omi Privé, we use tourmalines of all colors, but tend to use more greens, blues, pinks and reds (rubellite). They are fabulous gemstones to be featured in the center of rings or pendants, either on their own or surrounded by accent stones.
As you can see, people with October birthdays have an incredible array of gems and colors to choose from in celebrating their special day. Opals are like small canvases of art drawn by nature, while tourmalines are charged full of life and found in all your favorite colors.