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.
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.
by Nicolette Kovacevich, G.G.
Manager of Fine Jewelry, Omi Privé
Autumn marks three of my favorite things: the transition to a new wardrobe (bring on the boots, chunky sweaters, and cozy scarves), the infamous Fall drinks (who can live without pumpkin spiced lattes and chai tea?), and the very best – new jewelry! From light pastels to warm neutral tones, softer colors are everywhere, especially in fine jewelry. I have spotlighted five Omi Privé favorites below. Not only do these accentuate the near transitions to Winter, but each is truly a year-round investment piece.
This ring boasts an 8.66 carat cushion-cut spessartite garnet center. The 18K rose gold setting compliments the gemstone’s rich orange color. Bright and beautiful, this garnet exudes the idyllic tone for Fall, and will add a brilliant “pop” of color to a year-round wardrobe (Style RC1012-SGCU).
Handcrafted in Platinum, these stud earrings feature two round garnets weighing a total of 1.43 carats. The orange spessartite centers are accentuated by the pavé-set diamond halo frames. These studs are stunning, yet effortless, for everyday Fall wear (Style SS1050-SGRD).
The 6.22 carat spessartite garnet in the center of this pendant was mined in Nigeria. It presents optimal color, not reflecting any excess brown or yellow. The Platinum design features a double halo, with small round spessartites set in the inner 18K rose gold frame. White diamonds add contrast, and also emphasize the garnets’ vibrant orange color (Style PC1110-SGPE).
This ring features a 6.72 carat cushion-cut pink tourmaline center. The piece was specially created in 18K rose gold to flawlessly frame the stone, and highlight its hue. The combination is perfect to accentuate Autumn’s warm tones, and the color transitions beautifully to Winter, Spring and Summer (Style RC1230-TPCU).
This 11.11 carat topaz was mined in Ouro Preto in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its fine golden-yellow hue is known as Imperial color. The stone ideally reflects its trichroism, with its noticeable red shades able to be seen from the sides. To bring out this feature, the 18K rose gold setting was specifically crafted with small round rubies set on both sides bordering its frame (Style RC1450-PTOV).
Which piece is your favorite this Fall?
by Nicolette Kovacevich, G.G. Manager of Fine Jewelry, Omi Privé
A great amount of time has elapsed since my last entry; however, this is due to a hectic (and exciting) start of the year! From aiding in the selection of loose gemstones at the AGTA Gem Fair in Tucson to contemplating new design ideas with our head designer, Niveet Nagpal, I have enjoyed every minute of placing up-and-coming pieces into Privé production! While I cannot wait to reveal all of the exciting additions to the line in the next few months, for now, I would like to address a subject that is definitely noticeable in the fashion – and retail – sector: the reemergence of rose gold.
It is true that mixed metals has been an ongoing trend, represented in all facets of the jewelry industry – from costume to couture. Whether worn alone, or used with other tones of gold in mixed-metal pieces, rose gold has certainly carried a strong presence into 2013. In the last nine months, the industry has seen the reentry of this tinted metal that has conveniently managed to subside over the decades, but has definitively resurfaced.
Rose gold first gained popularity in the beginning of the nineteenth century in Russia, and was earmarked at the time as Russian Gold. It became popular in the United States in the 1920’s. With the use of copper as the main alloy, this gold mixture gained its name from the pink hue it emanates.
Like most women, I love rose gold. There is a warm quality about the metal tone that makes it different enough to be unique, but still valuable and classic enough to withstand capsizing trends. It is perfect for today’s high jewelry consumer, who seeks individuality without compromise of quality.
Omi Privé customers epitomize this. Many new pieces in the Omi Privé collection have been designed entirely in 18K rose gold, as it ideally compliments pink and orange gemstones, from fancy colored sapphire and spinel to fine rubellite or spessartite garnet.
A recent piece that received noticeable attention at the AGTA Gem Fair is this 18K rose gold French-pavé ring. While simple in its design, the rose gold setting provides the precise rendition of color to highlight the stunning 3.56 carat orangey-yellow sapphire center.We are also excited to reveal several Omi Privé “Signature” designs with pink sapphire centers. The staple “Signature 1” ring in 18KR offers the idyllic setting to highlight a round pink sapphire.Notably, the Omi Privé 3-stone pink sapphire ring in rose gold has entertained great acclaim as a finalist in the 2013 Jewelers’ Choice Awards. This design has been so popular, we have had a difficult time keeping one in stock!Rose gold can also be spotted as an accent metal in several Omi Privé fine Platinum pieces. Check out the inner pavé-set halo and basket in this stunning Platinum ring, which flawlessly surrounds the 3.14 carat radiant-cut pink sapphire center.Lastly, one of my personal favorites is this Omi Privé stunner, which includes an 18K rose gold border that truly makes the 15.16-carat cushion-cut rubellite center pop! The epitome of a showstopper, this ring absolutely portrays the use of rose gold in all of its refined and timeless style.To choose your own Omi Privé rose gold design, please contact one of our Authorized Retailers for pricing and information.