PANTONE’S LIVING CORAL IS AN ENERGETIC START TO 2019

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Pantone has announced their 2019 color of the year as Living Coral, described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” We’re always excited for the color of the year and Living Coral is a vibrant and fresh start to 2019!

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According the official Pantone site, “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.”

The same could be said for many rare gemstones that represent this mellow pinkish-orange range including; padparadscha sapphire, spinel, tourmaline, imperial topaz and Malayan garnet. Rose gold is also a great compliment as it nearly matches the nurturing color of Living Coral. Read on for ideas on how you can express yourself or compliment your existing wardrobe with the color of the year!

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Padparadscha sapphire has a uniquely soft orange-pink tone which sparkles like no other gemstone you’ve seen. This striking gem is a special member of the corundum family featuring a delicate, pastel color, which is best defined as a blend between pink and orange, very similar to Living Coral’s color. In fact its name translates from Sanskrit to “color of the lotus blossom”, another striking organism whose colors mesmerize like Living Coral.

 

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Tourmaline is a gemstone that comes in a seemingly endless variety of shades and colors and in fact can occur in almost every hue. Many peach and pink tourmalines display a hue similar to Living Coral as seen in these beautiful rose gold rings.

 

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Spinel is coveted by collectors and gemologists for its range of hues and spectacular optical properties. Recognized and prized for its hardness, brilliance, spinel comes in many hues and can be a great representation of the Color of the Year, particularly the bold hues of the pinkish Mahenge spinels found in Tanzania.

 

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Imperial topaz and garnet are gemstones that also possess the vibrant and unique tone of Living Coral. Imperial Topaz was discovered in the early 18th century, topaz from Ouro Prêto in Brazil remains today’s largest and preeminent source for both precious and imperial topaz. Colors are said to range like those of the setting sun; found in yellows, pinks, reds, lavender-pinks and peach-pinks. Considered a true collector’s stone, large sized stones are incredibly rare.

Malaya garnet has been a hallmark gemstone for gem collectors due to its rarity. A hybrid of two gem groups, Malaya garnet group is classified as “pyrope-almandine.” Pyrope garnets are predominantly red, while spessartines are orange. Most Malayas exhibit an equal part of pyrope and spessartine in their chemical compositions, which is what contributes to its rare coral color.

Living Coral feels like a fresh and vibrant hue to kick off the New Year and escape the greys of winter and it will definitely energize your current wardrobe!

The Story of Spinel

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Spinel has long been one of the most under-appreciated gemstones on the market, yet it is coveted by collectors and gemologists for its range of hues and spectacular optical properties. Spinel was recently added as an official birthstone for August, raising its exposure to new heights. Recognized and prized for its hardness, brilliance, and unlike many other gem types, spinel is rarely treated or enhanced in any way. Many believe the name spinel comes from the Greek word for ’spark’. This name suits spinel well since it is a singularly refractive stone and is formed with cubic crystals similar to diamond, which gives this gemstone remarkable brilliance and fire. Watch the video below to see how even rough spinel has an unmatched brilliance.

Spinel comes in many different colors however red and blue are the most notable because for centuries they were mistaken for ruby and sapphire. One of the most famous rubies in history was discovered to not be a ruby at all, but a red spinel. This shocking discovery is what gave birth to the study of gems and gemology. The Black Prince’s stone was given to him in payment for an expensive military campaign, and the “Balas Ruby” became treasured by many English monarchs. This stone, with much appeal and allure is now known to be a spinel.

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Spinels are an attractive alternative to ruby and sapphire as the same trace elements that color corundum are also what colors different colors of spinels, which come in an array of colors- ranging from a continuum of intense reds and pinks, down to the cool hues of blue and violet. Chromium causes the fiery red color of red spinels, and a mixture of cobalt and iron colors the striking blue color of stones from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a top source for blue “cobalt” spinels, which are sought after for their vivid, intense blue color. In addition, the Mogok region of Myanmar (much like Burmese rubies) is a renowned source for the finest red and hot-pink spinel. While all colors of spinel are beautiful in their own way, red is the rarest in nature and the most valuable. In addition to similar trace elements, and sources that are shared with ruby and sapphire, spinels form in the same metamorphic rock as corundum and are found in the same deposits. Wear a piece of rare history with any of our beautiful spinel pieces or view them in person at an Omi Privé Authorized Retailer.

 

 

 

 

Spinel’s Awakening Continues

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

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

 

Burma Spinel Mine                    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.

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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.

Pantone’s Spring Palette 2017

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Accessorizing with the Colors of the Season

 

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The trend-setting institution that is Pantone shares with the world on an ongoing basis the most important fashion colors for Spring and Fall seasons.  What do you do with this information?  Do you immediately go out shopping, with palette in hand, to ensure you are on trend with your personal apparel?  Or do you give it a quick glance, pick out a couple of your favorites and file it away for future reference?  The important aspect from our perspective of this guide to the upcoming season’s colors is how do we recommend our jewelry as an accessory to outifts in these hues.

 

For example, let’s look at what we might suggest for Island Paradise, a light, refreshing blue color.  The obvious choice if you were the type of person who likes matching accessories, would be something with aquamarine as the featured gemstone.  The light, airy feel of aqua would pair beautifully with this color.  What about a complementary color?  We would suggest something with a pastel feel, such as a light pink or peach.  A piece featuring a light pink sapphire, spinel, morganite, or in this case a Padparadscha sapphire, would be a great match.

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If we look at the more “earthy” colors in this palette, aside from finding matching colors, we will also have the opportunity to select colors that really pop against a warmer base color.  If we look at the the color Greenery, which is also Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2017, we would match this color with gemstones such as peridot, chrysoberyl or green tourmaline, like this ring below.  On the other side of the spectrum, you would look to something in a bolder purple, red or pink as a suitable companion.  As you can see from this Duet ring, we love combining green with purple spinel centers.

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For another example, let’s consider a rich blue color like Lapis Blue.  One of our specialties is blue sapphire, so matching this color with existing Omi jewelry is relatively easy.  The complementary color for a bold blue color like this would be an equally bold orange hue – which we would find in our new orange tourmaline ring seen below.  We can also find similar colors in spessartite garnets and orange sapphires.

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There is a myriad of options when it comes to accessorizing this Spring’s fashion color palette with fabulous colored gemstones.  Knowing and understanding how colors accent each other will go a long way in developing your fashion credibility amongst your peers and clients.  Pay attention to what the trends are and take the time to pick out the best options for you to ensure you are trend-savvy in your day-to-day life.

 

 

The Value of Award-Winning Design

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Omi Privé recently won two AGTA Spectrum Awards, a jewelry design competition that has been held annually for over 30 years.  What does winning a design competition mean for the designer, and the consumer who might be considering buying a winning piece?  There are many factors that go into the value of the award for all involved.

Let’s look at the Spectrum Awards specifically, which is considered one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world  This competition is produced annually by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), a trade association who’s mission is to promote colored gemstones.  The competition provides value for the association by encouraging jewelry designers to use colored gemstones in their designs, hopefully purchased from AGTA gemstone dealers.  What helps set the Spectrum Awards apart is that each piece of jewelry is physically judged by a panel of jewelry industry experts that changes each year, ensuring that not one form of design is ever favored over another and that the smallest of details can affect the final outcome.  To win a Spectrum Award is a benchmark that many designers aspire to achieve.

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2016 AGTA Spectrum Award winning Spinel ring

Many gem dealers and designers collaborate on individual pieces to take advantage of the opportunity for exposure for individual gemstones and design aesthetics.  Each year the competition receives between 500 and 600 entries.  Each entrant knows that they are going to be competing against the best jewelry designers in the US and Canada, so everyone tends to put their best foot forward and sends in their best work.  As the judges work their way through each of the entries, they must consider the quality of the gemstones, the quality of the workmanship and the design aesthetic.  It usually takes two days of judging to determine the winning entries.  Winners are announced the following day and the media are invited to see all the winners and other entries.  The media values the competition because it offers a rare opportunity to look for new trends and emerging designers all in one location.

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2016 AGTA Spectrum Award winning Alexandrite ring

designed in collaboration with Remy Rotenier

Winning designers benefit from an incredible amount of exposure driven by AGTA’s public relations efforts to share the results of the competition.  AGTA and the media feature the winning designs throughout the year until the following year’s competition. The designers themselves publicize their wins through traditional marketing channels and social media.  Yet, the true value for the designer who wins is that their work stood out against some of the top designers in the world.  If they are a new designer, this exposure can serve as a launching point for their collection.  For an established designer, a win reinforces their standing and provides additional caché for their jewelry lines.

For the pieces that win, many are sold quickly to collectors of those designers.  For a client to be able to own an actual award-winning design gives them another opportunity to talk about the jewelry they love.  Other designers hold on to their winning pieces and feature them in shows and museums.  Many designs are incorporated into the designer’s collections in a bigger way to take advantage of the exposure and potential trends developing as a result of their win.  We love to see our pieces being worn and enjoyed by our clients, so our award-winning designs are made available to our collectors.  The awards are a welcome recognition for the quality of work we do, but in the end, it is all about these pieces adorning the people who appreciate their beauty.

 

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Spinel – August’s New Birthstone

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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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Color Play

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About a year ago, interesting colors of purple spinel started showing up in the market. Spinel comes in a beautiful range of reds, pinks, blues and purples, but until now I haven’t seen much of the intense purple you see in the photograph at the top. This deep, rich purple is very similar to the color of alexandrite when viewed in incandescent light. Read more »

Treat Yourself to Delicious Shades of Pink

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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.

 

“From Your Valentine” – The Most Captivating Omi Privé Gifts for February 14th

Posted by & filed under Custom Collection, Fancy Sapphire, Omi Privé, One-of-a-Kind Collection, Pink Sapphire, Ruby, Spinel.

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!

Pink Sapphire Slide

Spinel Ring
Pink Sapphire Studs
Fancy Sapphire Ring
Ruby Bracelet
Ruby Ring