The Olympic Rings: The Meaning Behind the Colors

Posted by & filed under Color, Gem History, Gem Knowledge, Omi Privé.

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While we are all in the throws of Olympic Fever (no, not the type you catch when swimming in Rio Bay!) – we thought it might be fun to explore the meaning behind the colors in the Olympic rings on the official flag.  We here at Omi Gems and Omi Privé are hyper-focused on color.

 

The multi-color interlocking rings symbol that we all associate with the Olympic Games was designed in 1912 by one of the co-founders of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.  His inspiration stemmed from the interlocking rings of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who thought the ring symbolized continuity and the human being.

 

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The five rings symbolize the five populated continents at the time: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.  The ring colors, contrary to belief at one point, are not assigned to specific continents. The colors (including white) represented all of the colors on all of the nation’s flags who competed in the Olypics at that time.  Coubertin shared the following in 1912:

“…the six colorscombined in this way reproduce the colors of every country without exception.  The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri-colors of France and Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Hungary, and the yellow and red of Spain, are placed together with the innovations of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan, and with new China.  Here is truly an international symbol.”  (Olympique magazine)

So, enjoy the rest of the Olympic Games and it’s symbolism.  We all can use a little dose of the Olympic ideal of bringing the world together to celebrate sport and life.

Spinel – August’s New Birthstone

Posted by & filed under Award Winning, Gem History, Gem Knowledge, Omi Privé, Spinel.

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For more than a century, August babies have had to embrace peridot and sardonyx (a reddish-brown quartz) as their official birthstones.  Peridot is a polarizing gemstone – many people like the yellow-green hued gem, but many do not.  But fashionable people born in the eighth month can rejoice in the streets as they now have a great additional option – the spectacular spinel.

 

The American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America recently announced their decision to add spinel to the official birthstone list for August.  This is only the third update to the list that was created in 1912.  The last addition took place in 2002, when tanzanite was added as a birthstone for December.

 

Spinel is a gemstone that deserves more exposure and recognition.  For centuries, red spinels were mistaken for rubies and it wasn’t until more modern testing techniques were developed that the difference was identified.  In fact, one of the most prominent “rubies”, the Black Prince Ruby in the Imperial State Crown in the British Crown Jewels, is actually a 170 carat red spinel.  While a deep, vivid red is the most valuable color of spinel, the gem naturally occurs in a spectrum of colors including pink, blue, purple, yellow, black and green hues.

 

Spinels are often called the “Gemologist’s Gemstone” because of their fabulous properties, including single refractivity and octahedral crystal structure.  Unlike many gemstones, spinels are almost never treated in any way to enhance their color or clarity.  Cutters are able to release the color and life of these natural gems by faceting the rough crystals into a multitude of shapes.

 

Omi Privé has featured spinels in many of its pieces over the years and will continue to do so in upcoming collections.  Niveet is passionate about sourcing beautiful spinels, then designing  jewelry around them with complementary colors.  Just recently, one of our finest spinel pieces was recognized with a prestigious AGTA Spectrum Award – which honors jewelry design, craftsmanship and gemstone quality.

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Pantone Treats Us to a First: Two Colors of the Year for 2016!

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Pantone always has surprises up their sleeves when it comes to color.  Each year the “Color Authority” invigorates our world by unveiling their one select color choice.  But for 2016 they’ve really surprised us by announcing two colors.  Welcome to the world Rose Quartz and Serenity!  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute states “Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”  The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.  While a transcendent blue, Serenity, provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

This “engaging combo” perfectly complements so many other colors which convey both lightness and intrigue.  Here are some color pairing examples:

 

Rose Quartz and Serenity are represented in a variety of stones, including sapphire, pink tourmaline, aquamarine, and padparadscha sapphire.  The Pantone Institute® 2016 Colors of the Year can also be represented in the metals you wear, like rose gold and platinum.

The possibilities are endless!

 

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Martha Stewart Weddings “The COLOR Issue” featuring Omi Privé

Posted by & filed under As-Seen-In, Doré Collection, Emerald, Omi Privé.

Martha Stewart Weddings magazine is renowned for creative and unique ideas for an amazing wedding day. Their Spring issue dubbed, “The Color Issue,” doesn’t disappoint when it comes to bright and colorful suggestions. On newsstands now, check out their jewelry feature, “Dramatic Duos,” starting on page 262. “Diamonds shine bright on their own, but they take on a whole new sparkle and personality when coupled with colored gems” explain the Martha Stewart Weddings experts. We agree with their choice of our classic 3-stone emerald ring flanked with trilliant cut diamonds set in platinum and 18K yellow gold.

 

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Discover the Omi Privé Passion at Centurion

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We are honored to present our newest designs at the 2016 CENTURION Jewelry Show in Scottsdale, Arizona this January 31st – February 2, 2016. Please join us in salon 404 and discover how “It All Starts with a Gemstone” at Omi Privé. RSVP to [email protected] or call us at 877.OMI.GEMS for your personal appointment time.

For existing attendees, you may also login and request an appointment through the CENTURION Appointment Maker.

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Treat Yourself to Delicious Shades of Pink

Posted by & filed under Doré Collection, Duet Collection, Kunzite, Omi Privé, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Sevilla Collection, Spinel.

Halloween has arrived and amongst all of the fall colors, we like to sweeten things up with a little pink! From pink tourmaline to spinel to pink sapphire and even kunzite, there are a variety of colored gemstones that can brighten up any fall day. View a few of our favorites this season. Happy Halloween!

RC1730-TPOV-2A glorious and finely saturated oval pink tourmaline is kissed by sweet pear shape rubies on either side of this 18K rose gold and diamond ring.

ER1000-TPCUSweet cushion drops of light pink tourmaline accented by cornflower blue sapphires delight in these earrings designed in collaboration with Rémy Rotenier.

RC1012-SPOVA unique pink spinel exudes shades of pink with purple undertones in this classic 18K rose gold design from our Doré collection.

PC1115C-PSRDA sweet statement in platinum and 18K rose gold, a round pink sapphire surrounded by pink sapphires and diamonds sits at the center of this handset pendant.

RC1451-KUOVThe velvety purplish-pink oval kunzite is the star in this Sevilla collection 18K rose gold ring.

 

Spectacular Sapphires for September

Posted by & filed under Fancy Sapphire, Omi Privé, Padparadscha Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire.

We are always excited to welcome the fall season at Omi Privé, as it celebrates sapphire, the birthstone of September. Sapphire is named from the Greek “Sappheiros,” which is roughly translated as “blue stone.”

Sapphire comes in a wide range of blues, varying from very light to deep blue that can appear nearly black. A slightly subdued hue of sapphire known as cornflower blue, displays a lighter and more open blue, which is preferred by many. A highly valued shade of sapphire is “Royal Blue,” which is a very deep, rich blue. The very finest sapphires are a velvet, slightly violetish medium to medium dark blue, often called Kashmir blue, after its original location in India.

A wondrous fact about sapphire, besides its durability (it is a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale), is that it is found in a multitude of colors. Generally referred to as “fancy sapphires,” these include pink, purple, violet, yellow, orange, green and their intermediate hues. Some sapphires do exhibit a color-change, most often transitioning from blue in daylight or fluorescent light to purple in incandescent light. Padparadscha sapphires are amongst the rarest, exhibiting a unique combination of pink and orange, reminiscent of a warm sunset.

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This award-winning platinum ring features a 20.03 blue sapphire certified as “Royal Blue”.
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A cornflower blue sapphire sits at the center of this double halo ring from our Duet collection.

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A cushion shape fancy purple sapphire is the star in this 18K rose gold and diamond ring.

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An intense round fancy sapphire grabs attention in this unique 18K yellow gold ring.

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A new twist on a classic, this sapphire and diamond ring features black rhodium accents, intensifying the overall look.

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Last but not least, a stunning oval padparadscha sapphire displaying the rare pink and orange combination, which defines a padparadscha.

Omi Privé Loves the Big Apple

Posted by & filed under Alexandrite, Omi Privé, Tourmaline.

We’re excited for the upcoming Jewelry Week in New York City! Omi Privé will be at the LUXURY Privé show by JCK from July 26th-28th. The luxurious show offers a more intimate setting than most, which gives more time for viewing our colorful designs one-on-one.

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President and designer, Niveet Nagpal, at the 2014 LUXURY Privé show with the “Omi Privé” fashion show model in some of our most prized emerald designs.

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Last year, Manos got caught in the action at the 70’s themed American Hustle party with JCK’s Victoria Gomelsky and publisher, Mark Smelzer.

We look forward to enjoying time at the 2015 show and attending some of the other fabulous events including the American Gem Society Circle of Distinction Dinner and the Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence Gala. Please join us in Salon 101 for a private viewing of these newly debuted designs:

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A glorious color-change 3-stone alexandrite suite designed in collaboration with Rémy Rotenier, debuting at the LUXURY Privé show.

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Ten carats of cuprian elbaite tourmaline glow at the center of this stunning platinum design.

July’s Birthstone is Ruby!

Posted by & filed under Doré Collection, Duet Collection, Omi Privé, Ruby.

Summer heats up during July and what better way to show off your passion than with rubies! Here are some of our favorite ruby designs:

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Our newest pear shape pendant features a deeply saturated 1.90 carat ruby center stone surrounded by ruby and diamond accents.

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From our Duet collection, a 1.99 carat round ruby set in 18K yellow gold with ruby and diamond accents.

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A magnificent pair of oval rubies AGL certified are hand crafted into this classic earring design.

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One of our most popular ruby designs from our Doré collection features five perfectly matched ruby rounds surrounded by diamonds.

OMI PRIVÉ AWARDED GRAND PRIZE OF 2015 JCK JEWELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

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Omi Privé Black Opal Ring Receives Top Recognition, Wins W Magazine Readers’ Choice Award

(Los Angeles, CA—March 4, 2015)

Fine gemstone jewelry designer, Omi Privé, is awarded the Grand Prize in the eighth annual JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards. Retail jewelers from around the world voted the 4.33 carat Lightning Ridge black opal ring by Omi Privé as the “Best Ring Design over $10,000,” and the Grand Prize winner. Each year awards are given in multiple categories; the piece that earns the most votes is honored with the Grand Prize.

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The focus of the award winning ring is the extraordinary play of color in the center black opal. The opal is accentuated with 0.46 carats of trillion green tsavorite garnets and 0.24 carats of round blue sapphires. The shank of the ring sparkles with 0.42 carats of brilliant round diamonds. The ring was crafted by hand in 18K yellow gold in Los Angeles, California.

“We are honored to win the Grand Prize award; it is very meaningful to me, as jewelry retailers are the ones that voted on our piece!” says Niveet Nagpal, President and Designer of Omi Privé. “My passion lies in color, and I am especially pleased with the way the colors come together in this ring. I am excited and honored that it has been recognized amongst so many beautiful entries.”

The Grand Prize opal ring was also awarded the 2015 W Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. The unique consumer award is based on the votes of W readers selecting their favorite from the top five Jewelers’ Choice designs. Omi Privé also earned merits with its black opal and tsavorite garnet ring. This piece was announced as a finalist in the category of “Platinum Jewelry over $10,000.”

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Omi Privé designs have been honored in the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards each year since the brand’s launch in 2012. The award winning opal ring is featured on the March 2015 cover of JCK Magazine. Further details of the ring may be viewed online at OmiPrivé.com or viewed in person May 28th through June 1st at The Couture show, Wynn Las Vegas, Salon 143.