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.
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!
Aquamarine and Sapphire Pendant
Padparascha Sapphire and Diamond Ring
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.
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.
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.
This award-winning platinum ring features a 20.03 blue sapphire certified as “Royal Blue”.
A cornflower blue sapphire sits at the center of this double halo ring from our Duet collection.
A cushion shape fancy purple sapphire is the star in this 18K rose gold and diamond ring.
An intense round fancy sapphire grabs attention in this unique 18K yellow gold ring.
A new twist on a classic, this sapphire and diamond ring features black rhodium accents, intensifying the overall look.
Last but not least, a stunning oval padparadscha sapphire displaying the rare pink and orange combination, which defines a padparadscha.
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.
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.
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:
A glorious color-change 3-stone alexandrite suite designed in collaboration with Rémy Rotenier, debuting at the LUXURY Privé show.
Ten carats of cuprian elbaite tourmaline glow at the center of this stunning platinum design.
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.
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.”
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.
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!