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.
A little holiday season inspiration for that special someone……..
What do you buy for that certain someone who has everything? Well, we at Omi Privé specialize in the rare and extraordinary, so here are a few of our suggestions for this year:
Incredible Australian Lightning Ridge Opal Ring
An amazing palette of color swirls around in this 13.46 carat opal. We surround this magnificent gem with grass-green tsavorite garnets, deep ocean blue sapphires and diamonds – all set in platinum. No two opals are alike and very few look anything like this one.
Pastel Pinks, Purples and Blues in a Cacophony of Color
In this design collaboration with artist/designer Remy Rotenier, we started with an amazing 12.27 carat cushion-cut pink kunzite in the center then surrounded it with rose cut sapphires in pleasing pink and purple tones. We added in a few pretty blue sapphires as accents to round out this18K rose gold ring for the free form loving artist in us all.
Luck be a Sapphire Tonight!
If you know someone who needs a little good fortune – how about this 7.77 carat emerald cut blue sapphire from Ceylon set in platinum and surrounded by baguette diamonds and a pair of blue sapphires? Imagine looking at this beauty everytime you pull down the handle on a one-armed bandit.
You Can’t Buy Me Love
But, you can buy this fabulous ring……featuring a passion-inspiring, unheated 4.01 carat oval ruby from Mozambique and over a carat of diamonds set in platinum with 18K gold prongs. This is truly one of Mother Nature’s true works of art, released by the hands of a master gem cutter.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Thanks to an effect known as asterism, certain cabochon-cut sapphires exhibit a star-like pattern when light is reflected off the internal silk of the gem. Finding a fine quality sapphire that exhibits this is rare, finding a pair is much rarer. Check out these star sapphire earrings, accented with blue sapphires and diamonds in 18K white gold. These are sure to be a conversation-starter at any event.
Emerald by Day, Ruby by Night – Introducing the Alexandrite
A lot of history and lore surrounds the magical color-change gemstone Alexandrite. What is truly factual is the beauty and rarity of this very fine gemstone. This 3.76 carat emerald-cut Alexandrite exhibits a deep teal blue-green in daylight and a rich raspberry-purple color in warm candlelight. The gem originated in the exceptional chrysoberyl deposits of Brazil, which have all been played out at this time. The gemstone is framed by a halo of diamonds, then framed again with more alexandrites that change color along with the center when the lighting conditions change. The platinum ring shank features more alexandrites and diamonds – this is a true work of gem wizardry.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and remember that the more you give, the more you get!
by Nicolette Kovacevich, G.G.
Manager of Fine Jewelry, Omi Privé
With the start of the new year, requests and purchases are already being made for Valentine’s Day. I decided to do a bit of research for this significant holiday.
Valentine’s Day can be traced to an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was celebrated annually in mid-February. The festival was to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. Later, in the third century AD, Emperor Claudius II banned marriage in an effort to strengthen the Roman military. He believed that single males made better soldiers. A defiant Roman priest named Father Valentine performed marriage ceremonies in secret. The emperor caught on, and sentenced him to death. It is stated that while imprisoned, Father Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. On the morning of his execution, February 14th, he passed the young girl a note, and signed it “from your Valentine.” Thus, a tradition was born.
Today, 1 billion cards are sent each Valentine’s Day. 220 million roses are produced for this day alone in the U.S. Every year, an estimated 6 million couples are likely to get engaged on February 14th. One of the most interesting facts is that $4 billion is spent on jewelry to be given on Valentine’s Day every year.
Currently, there are many captivating Omi Privé pieces to be gifted this holiday. It was difficult to compile this list of favorites!
The color specialists at Pantone have announced the color of 2015, a rich reddish brown that is earthy and sophisticated. “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” states Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies a satisfying richness while its red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.
Marsala is a very versatile shade. The color is flattering against many skin tones. It is a great go-to color that provides a notable pop of sophistication. Regarding colored gems, Marsala is represented in a variety of stones, including pink tourmaline, ruby, spinel and imperial topaz. However, it is not always necessary to represent the color of the year directly through individual stones. Color blocking to the Marsala hue is a great way to utilize jewelry you already own or aspire to own. The combinations are nearly unlimited when combining pinks, pale blues and greens. Color combinations may include turquoise and teal, as well as blues in the more vibrant range, which act as a compliment to Marsala. This can also be achieved with stronger vibrant raspberry pink stones, aquamarine, cornflower blue sapphire, green tourmaline, and Paraiba tourmaline (or any stone providing similar colors).
Niveet Nagpal, President and head designer of Omi Privé creates timeless designs utilizing a variety of colors. “I don’t like to be boxed in by one “Color of the Year” for creating my designs. I prefer to craft pieces with bold and vibrant greens, blues and pinks set in warmer metals including yellow and rose gold. Not only do they stand on their own, but they compliment the 2015 Color of the Year as well.”
A minty green tourmaline set in 18K yellow gold is a great compliment to a patterned design featuring Marsala.
The cool blue of a radiant cut Aquamarine offsets the warmness of Marsala in any outfit.
Make a bold statement by pairing Marsala with a striking blue as seen in this Paraiba tourmaline ring set in 18K yellow gold.
This pink tourmaline has a hue like Marsala and would look stunning paired with a Lucite Green dress (another spring 2015 Pantone color).
Be vibrant and incorporate hints of Marsala in your jewelry and clothing! This purple spinel ring is flanked by two “Marsala” hue spinels, which pair well with the warmth of rose gold.
Omi Privé’s spessartite garnet and diamond platinum pendant was selected by Platinum Guild International (PGI) Facebook fans as a “Fan Favorite” for 2014. Fans voted via a special Facebook photo gallery, where the 20 images with the most “likes” were selected to be featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.com. Fans were enamored with the cheerful orange of Omi Privé’s 6.22 carat pear shaped spessertite garnet and brilliant diamond pendant. Omi Privé artisans prefer working with platinum for its natural white color as well as its durability and strength, providing for a lifetime of wear.
We invite you to view all of our available platinum designs on omiprive.com.
Pantone, the world-renowned authority of color, has announced their color predictions for Spring 2015. Although we don’t yet know the official color of 2015 (stay tuned in December for the announcement!), we are seeing prominent colors at Fashion Week including; aquamarine, lucite green and strawberry ice. Pantone executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, states “The color choices for 2015 follow a minimalistic, ‘en plain air’ theme, taking cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.” Colored gemstones are the perfect natural representation or accent to spring’s hottest colors! We’re excited to present 9 of the most striking tones for the upcoming season with descriptive notes by Pantone.
“Both tasty and tasteful, Strawberry Ice is a confection color that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink,” emitting a flattering and healthy glow.” Our Padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring is the perfect delight accented with 18K rose gold filigree. Pairs well with Tangerine and Toasted Almond.
“Aquamarine, an airy, ethereal blue with a cool, dreamy feel mixes will with other blues and greens in this season’s color palette.” Feel the breeze of the ocean all day with our 6.80 carat emerald cut aquamarine and diamond ring. Pairs well with Marsala, Classic Blue and Lucite Green.
“Classic blue is a strong and reliable anchor color and, with its waterborne qualities is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.” Classic Blue seems best represented by sapphire, as seen in these cushion sapphire and diamond double halo earrings. Classic Blue combines well with Lucite Green, Scuba Blue and Custard for bold looks.
“Custard serves as an all-encompassing yellow for the spring palette, which can be combined with Classic Blue for a maritime look.” Say “Ahoy” with our round yellow sapphire and diamond ring set in 18K yellow and white gold.
“Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreezing, Lucite Green has a minty glow. Light in weight and also in tone, Lucite Green seems almost transparent.” We can’t help but point out this color and transparency is perfectly represented through Paraíba tourmaline! Two Paraíba cabochons totaling 25.31 carats are cradled by 18K yellow gold surrounded by diamonds and round Paraíba tourmalines. Pairs well with Classic Blue and Scuba Blue.
“Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul.” A robust shade, hints of Marsala can be seen in this imperial topaz, ruby and diamond ring set in 18K rose gold. Pairs well with Aquamarine.
“Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.” Make your fantasy come true by keeping this vibrant blue close to your heart with our blue zircon and diamond pendant. Pairs well with Classic Blue and Lucite Green.
“Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern.” This fancy orange sapphire and diamond ring set in 18K rose gold is a great stone/metal combo to represent this tangy color! Pairs well with Strawberry Ice and Toasted Almond.
“A sun-tanned neutral, Toasted Almond offers comforting warmth and is indicative of a spontaneous spring, summer feeling.” Because Toasted Almond pairs well with Tangerine and Strawberry Ice, a great combination of those two hues can be found in our 21.88 carat cushion morganite and diamond earrings.
Omi Privé has been awarded the first ever “Platinum Craftsmanship Award” in the fifth annual Platinum Innovation Awards. Each year, Platinum Guild International hosts the prestigious Innovation Awards for outstanding platinum design in a variety of categories.
During the 2014 Innovation Awards Editor’s Day in New York City, Platinum Guild International recognized Omi Privé’s superior work in platinum and specially created the “Platinum Craftsmanship Award.” Competition organizers were extremely impressed by the attention to detail and high quality of craftsmanship seen in every Omi Privé piece.
Omi Privé submitted four handcrafted platinum designs to the competition, including a 20.02 carat oval sapphire and diamond ring, a three-stone sapphire and diamond ring, pear shape sapphire and diamond earrings, and a pair of earrings featuring an exquisite 13.60 carats total weight pair of Colombian emeralds. The newly announced Craftsmanship Award is based on overall quality of workmanship, rather than the design of one particular piece. “All of our designs are crafted here in Los Angeles with hand-drawn platinum wire,” explains Niveet Nagpal, Designer and President of Omi Privé. “This enables us to ensure the utmost quality of every piece we create.”