Here at Omi Privé, we are proud to present you with bold combinations of colored gemstones in high-quality jewelry that suit multiple occasions. View these and more new unique, handcrafted pieces at LUXURY at JCK Salon 702.
May 2019 Archives
The Legacy of the Award-Winning Gemstone Jewelry Company Continues with First Place Win in Platinum Jewelry Category
(Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2019) With a unique passion for the highest quality gemstones and fine jewelry design, Omi Privé is awarded first place honor in the 2019 INSTORE Design Awards in the Platinum jewelry design category, adding to their further recognition in the jewelry industry worldwide.
Since Omi Prive’s inception in 2012, the company has now been recognized with over 30 awards from multiple esteemed competitions including; the W Readers’ Choice Awards, JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards, AGTA Spectrum Awards, Platinum Innovation Awards and the Centurion Design Awards.
This year’s prize was taken in the Platinum Jewelry over $10,000 category, which saw an Omi Privé platinum ring showcasing a vibrant 9.34-carat emerald cut blue Madagascar sapphire center gemstone as the First-Place winner. The award-winning ring also features 0.80 carats of round sapphires, 0.95 carats of carre cut diamond side stones, and 2.00 carats of all custom cut diamond baguettes throughout the design. “I wanted to keep the ring classic and structural since it was surrounding an emerald shape sapphire, while making it fun and unique at the same time,” said Niveet Nagpal, Head Designer and President of Omi Privé. “Platinum is always our metal of choice, but especially in a ring like this with so much detail. We’d like to thank the judges and retail partners for appreciating our passion for colored gemstones and the attention to detail required while working with platinum.”
The design is a modern take on Art Deco design, with clean and bold geometric lines. This very special piece – as with all jewelry created by Omi Privé – was handcrafted a team of experts in Los Angeles, California, whose passion for gemstones leads them to create bold, unique jewelry designs of the utmost quality. Further details of the award-winning rings may be found online at OmiPrivé.com, or viewed in person in Salon LUX702, at the LUXURY by JCK show in Las Vegas from May 29th through June 3rd, 2019.
Feldspars are the most abundant minerals in the earth’s crust, and the particular species: orthoclase, that contains moonstones has a history of being worn in jewelry almost as old as civilization. Moonstone is known for its distinct sheen, which ancient Greeks and Romans believed were trapped rays of moonlight. In fact the technical term for this sheen is adularescence; this magical stone was once called adularia deriving from Mt. Adular (now St. Gotthard) in Switzerland where it was once mined. Adularescence is a result of a natural growth pattern of alternating layers of feldspar minerals, orthoclase and albite. This layering causes an interference of light as it enters the stone, reflecting back as the sheen beloved in moonstones, making them appear to glow from within.
Legends say the stone provides good luck, Hindu legend believes it was formed by moonbeams, and in Arab countries, women historically sewed moonstones into their garments to promote fertility. Properties often associated with the moon has been applied to this gemstone, such as romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and love. Long been a favored gemstone in jewelry, designers of the romantic Art Nouveau era, such as René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany, heavily featured moonstone. Like most gemstones, the most prized moonstones contain no visible inclusions; they will also have a colorless, semi transparent to nearly transparent body color with strong vivid adularescence.
Rainbow moonstones also feature prominently in new designs by Omi Prive. Although also a feldspar, rainbow moonstones are from the labradorite species of the group. Labradorite Feldspar is most often associated with mining in Labrador, Canada, but Madagascar is a top source for rainbow moonstone which has a lighter or more transparent body color than traditional Labradorite. Both traditional moonstone and rainbow moonstone’s adularescence is caused by light reflection of twinning planes. With its phenomenal properties, pairing very fine rainbow moonstones with alexandrite accents creates designs that are constantly changing and encourage a deeper examination.