Tantalizing and Terrific Tourmaline!

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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.

 

 

October Birthday? Birthstone Jackpot!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Omi Privé Loves the Big Apple

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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.

A Tasteful Hue – Marsala named Pantone’s 2015 Color of the year

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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.

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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.”

 

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A minty green tourmaline set in 18K yellow gold is a great compliment to a patterned design featuring Marsala.
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The cool blue of a radiant cut Aquamarine offsets the warmness of Marsala in any outfit.

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Make a bold statement by pairing Marsala with a striking blue as seen in this Paraiba tourmaline ring set in 18K yellow gold.

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This pink tourmaline has a hue like Marsala and would look stunning paired with a Lucite Green dress (another spring 2015 Pantone color).
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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.

Pantone Springs into 2015 with Soft Cool Hues and Subtle Warm Tones

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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.

 

Strawberry Ice

“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

“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

“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.

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“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.

Lucite Green

“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.

Marsala

“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

“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.

 

Tangerine

“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.

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 Cheers for Pantone’s 2014 Spring Colors!

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Perfectly aligned with New York Fashion Week, Pantone has released their Spring 2014 Color Report, revealing soft pastels paired with vivid brights for a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers are using color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.

“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “…the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.”

Omi Privé is excited to introduce some of 2014’s colors in our latest designs. Let us know which color is your favorite! You can even take the 2014 Color Survey here and see which color has the lead!

Cayenne, a high-pitched reddish orange, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals. Our 18K rose gold and pink tourmaline ring exudes “Cayenne”!

Radiant Orchid is a perfect companion to pastels and pairs well mixed with other bold colors. Pink sapphire comes in a variety of hues, including “Radiant Orchid” as seen in this one-of-a-kind pink sapphire platinum and 18K rose gold ring.

Placid Blue, induces a sense of calmness and tranquility as seen in our double-halo sapphire and platinum engagement ring. With its clean and clear-blue, cornflower blue sapphire will make its wearer feel the breeze and brilliant shine of calm seas.

Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue, this strong color as seen in our violet-blue round sapphire and diamond ring pairs well across the pallet.

Freesia, an intense yellow, brings powerful energy to the spectrum. Yellow sapphires are the perfect gemstone to elude this sunny hue.

Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. What does our radiant-cut fancy sapphire ring bring out in you?

Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a touch that’s different from the Emerald green of last year. Green tourmaline paired with yellow gold is the perfect hue to carry summer through every season!

Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue can inspire you every day with our imperial topaz, ruby and diamond ring set in 18K rose gold.