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Gemstones: Insights From a Colored Stone “Newbie”

by Natalie Weisiger
Director of Marketing, Omi Gems

I’m a self-admitted gemstone novice at the moment, although I am quickly becoming very determined to transform myself into a gemstone maestro! I hope you will bear with me, and maybe even learn a little, as I go on many adventures to discover more about this fun and colorful side of the jewelry industry!

It’s much to my chagrin revealing that I’ve been in the industry for over nine years and haven’t given much thought to gemstones. I realize now how narrow my frame of mind was until I joined the Omi Gems team last October. Previously, when I thought of jewelry, I thought only of diamonds and metal, of course platinum being the best choice to securely hold the diamonds (shameless platinum promotional plug). If you asked me about gemstones, all I could tell you is that a sapphire is blue. Shows what I knew! I now know that sapphire comes in a variety of amazing hues including; pink, orange, yellow, purple, green and almost everything in-between!

Sapphire is corundum and is found in many, many other shades besides blue, from the gold of a sunrise, to the fiery reddish-orange of sunset, to the delicate violet of twilight.

Once I came into the world of colored stones and under the wings of the wonderful and experienced Nagpal family, I realized that gemstones were a buried treasure for me to discover (no pun intended!). The Nagpal’s have been in the fine loose gemstone business for over five generations, so I would be hard pressed to find a better environment in which to grow and learn about stones. Niveet, Vice President, and his father, Omi, encourage and enable me to learn about every side of the loose gemstone industry and that feels absolutely amazing. I also have my wonderful colleague, Sally, who is full of gem knowledge and has been with Omi Gems her entire career, over 20 years! She sits about three feet from me as she sorts, matches and measures stones. I’m sure I annoy her to no end with my ongoing ignorant questions about gems. But hey, how are you going to learn, right? It would definitely be difficult to learn the things Sally teaches me from a book or online, so I thank Sally for putting up with me (and for letting me know I confused tsavorite and tanzanite on our website when I first started)!

"Oh I see!!! Tanzanite is purplish-blue and tsavorite is green!"

Each day I learn more and I absolutely feel like a wide-eyed five-year-old discovering something they’ve never seen before. I tend to have mind-blowing realizations about the industry, the economy, the planet earth and mostly human nature as I discover more and more about colored gemstones. My first gemstone freak-out was over a little 7mm round tsavorite (it’s green!) that Sally pulled out for a customer. I caught a glimpse of the stone and went crazy! I took photos, I facebooked, I sent texts and I showed anyone who would take the time to look at the bright and lively Kryptonite-like stone. I can truly say that was the moment I fell in love with gems.

My first love...a 7mm round tsavorite.

Of course since my first love, I’ve fallen in love countless more times, including; a radiant cut white sapphire, a 20.02 carat unheated pink sapphire and an extremely rare and saturated 7.18 carat oval padparadscha sapphire. I quickly realized that the allure of the gemstones coming in and out of our office each day is that they are living treasures. The stones tell a story of the past while waiting for their future. I truly believe each stone has a destiny from the moment it was created deep in the earth (sorry if this is cheese but it’s how they really make me feel). The gemstones I see on a daily basis are just waiting to go off into the world and be with their true owner. I am honored to work with a team who helps designers, retailers and consumers find the perfect stone they’ve been dreaming of.

The earth is full of treasures!

I’m also lucky to be more immersed in the colored gemstone industry by becoming involved with various associations including; American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), AGS (American Gem Society) and also locally with the Gem and Mineral Council of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. All of these wonderful organizations have the goal of promoting education and ethics of colored gemstones and I am very excited to be involved with them all! Please stay tuned for more blogs highlighting my adventures with Omi Gems, the Gem & Mineral Council and fun field trips I will be taking on my quest to conquer gemstones!

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Design in Color with Omi Gems!

We’re happy to announce that two prestigious jewelry associations, The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), have joined forces to present three new awards within the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition for 2013. The Gem Diva Awards, sponsored by WJA will be presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who enter the Spectrum Awards competition will be eligible for this category.

If you’re a designer who’s thinking of entering the 2013 AGTA Spectrum awards, look no further for your fine colored stone source! Omi Gems has one of the largest inventories of loose gemstones in the country. In addition to classic stones like sapphire, ruby and emerald we also carry rare gemstones such as Brazilian alexandrite and Padpardascha sapphire, Paraiba tourmaline, spinel and spessartite.

Sapphires! Blues, Pinks, Pads, Yellows, Oranges, Purples and Greens!

Spinel in a variety of hues and tones.

We've got "lots" of the color of the year, "Tangerine Tango", with a great selection of spessartite garnet and orange sapphire.

Omi Gems has one of the largest inventories of Brazilian Alexandrite with strong color change!

We’ve got all shapes and sizes of fine colored gemstones, so just give us a call at 877.OMI.GEMS with your stone requests for your AGTA Spectrum Awards submission! We encourage everyone to get colorful and enter the awards by visiting AGTA.org. Entries must be received by Friday, September 21st.

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Fall Into Color! Pantone Color Report Full of Vibrant Hues

The Fall 2012 Pantone color report announces ten vibrant hues that designers are sure to incorporate in their creations for the approaching season. Omi Gems is excited that these amazingly bright colors are making their way back into the mainstream!

These fun colors “..are boosting consumer confidence with bold, spirited hues..this palette has something for everyone,” says Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Whether you are designing a line for wholesale, or creating one-of-a-kind custom pieces for your clients, be sure to take a look at what to expect from fashion and color in the months to come!

Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow is perfectly represented with yellow sapphire.

A delicious, vibrant pink, Pink Flambé can be achieved with spinel, pink sapphire and pink tourmaline.

Pantone's color of the year, Tangerine Tango, has a vivacious feeling like this spessartite garnet and 18K rose gold ring.

Similar to this Alexandrite pendant shown in daylight, Ultramarine green has a cooling blue-green feel.

August's birthstone, peridot, is a vital yellow-green, which pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge to the cooling days of fall.

Olympian Blue is a patriotic blue as seen in this classic 3-stone sapphire ring.

Rhapsody is a grayed-down purple that encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted hue is reflected in this fancy sapphire ring.

A lovely Padparadscha sapphire has the perfect veiled rose tone.

Omi Gems has a full stock of loose gemstones in all of these popular, vibrant colors. Give us a call at 877.OMI.GEMS for all of your colorful needs this fall!

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Omi Privé Excites Editors at JIC Jewelry Event

Omi Privé’s colorful designs caught the attention of editors from major trade, fashion and bridal magazines at the Jewelry Information Center‘s annual Editors Preview event in New York city. Each year the JIC hosts the event in conjunction with the New York jewelry shows along with co-sponsors such as Platinum Guild International and the American Gem Trade Association.

Omi Privé's stunning 2.30 carat cushion cut emerald ring stood out among all the diamond designs.

“Color is playing such a strong part in fashion” says AGTA’s CEO, Douglas Hucker, that editors, including Engagement 101‘s Severine Ferrari, couldn’t resist blogging and posting about Omi Privé’s striking colored gemstones designs.

Leading bridal magazine, Engagement 101's editors posted photos of Omi Privé's designs on Instagram.

MJSA‘s Peggy Jo Donahue was “blinded by the brilliance” of our unheated 20.03 carat cushion cut pink sapphire and diamond ring with pink diamond and rose gold accents.

An absolute "marvelous gemstone", said Peggy Jo.

A great thanks to our friends at JIC, AGTA and PGI for throwing a fabulous event where editors always look forward to for seeing the most innovative and beautiful jewelry designs!

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Jewellery Business – August 2012

Niveet gives some insight into the colorful future!

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The Jewelry Book – Summer 2012

Award Winning sapphire and diamond platinum eternity band.

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