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Featured Stone for May – Sapphire Round 5.87 carats

Lot No: SA2326
Round Sapphire
5.87 carats
10.55 x 10.48 x 7.13 mm
Beautiful, bright, medium blue color. Clean and well cut. Rare for a round over 5 carats. GRS certified, Sri Lanka.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Featured Stone for May – Sapphire Emerald Cut 7.77 carats

Lot No: SA2405
Sapphire Emerald Cut
7.77 carats
11.63 x 9.26 x 7.24 mm
Beautiful royal blue sapphire, top color, very well cut and one of our top stones. GRS certified Royal Blue, Sri Lanka.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Featured Stone For May – Purple/Violet Sapphire Cushion 7.36 carats

Lot No: FS1330
Purple/Violet Sapphire Cushion
7.36 carats
11.39 x 9.73 x 7.10 carats
Nice medium, pleasant color with slight color change. Good spread and bright, eye clean. GRS certified No Heat violet to purplish pink color change, Sri Lanka. This is a beautiful stone for a ring design.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for pricing.

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Meaningful & Clean Design Resonates in the 4th Design of the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

Designer Evan deJonghe of Evan Maxwell Jewelry in Saratoga Springs, NY “was excited to take on this project” for the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge featuring Omi Gems’ 4.59 carat cushion purple sapphire. Evan takes a unique approach to his custom design by focusing on the “no” words that a client uses. This same technique helped guide him in creating a unique purple sapphire platinum and gold ring for this year’s challenge.

View the design and learn more about his inspiration on the new MJSA website.

 

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Minimal Modern Style Dominates the 3rd Design in 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

Martha Seely of Martha Seely Design in Concord, Massachusetts uses simple, modern shapes in her interpretation of the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge, A Mother’s Love. View Martha’s design philosophy on the MJSA Website.

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Follow the Online Design Challenge all year and stay tuned for more designs throughout September. Then cast your vote for the winner!

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS for all your loose gemstone requests.

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How to Make a Purple Sapphire a Home! MJSA 2015 Online Design Challenge #2

Bruce Hartman, owner of Creek Reflections, a private jewelry studio in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is the second designer in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge.

As Bruce read the fictional story entitled “A little Piece of Home,” home and family are what stuck out the most. He kept these two aspects in mind as he designed around our 4.59 carat cushion shaped purple sapphire, the sponsored stone for this year’s Challenge. Discover the thoughtful meaning of the diamonds and geometric shapes in this design on the MJSA website.

HartmanFollow the Online Design Challenge all year and stay tuned for more designs throughout September. Then cast your vote for the winner!

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS for all your loose gemstone requests.

 

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Rona Fisher Jewelry Design Heads Up 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

The first design in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge has been posted! This year’s Design Challenge is centered around a natural, 4.59-carat purple sapphire available from Omi Gems.

See how Rona interpreted the story surrounding “A Little Piece of Home” in creating her unique palladium ring design on the MJSA website.


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Omi Gems Natural Purple Sapphire at Center of MJSA Online Design Challenge

Omi Gems is honored to sponsor the 6th annual MJSA Online Design Challenge. Each year nine designers from around the world are invited by MJSA to participate in this exciting online-only competition. Last year participants were asked to create a special gift around a padparadscha sapphire in “A Mother’s Love” Design Challenge. Jessica Neiwert of Seattle rendered the winning entry as seen here.

This year’s Design Challenge is centered around a natural, 4.59-carat cushion purple sapphire from Omi Gems. MJSA has supplied nine designers with a fictional scenario, presented below, about a father wanting to surprise his graduating daughter with a special gift before sending her out to conquer the world. Every month from January through September, MJSA will feature the designs of one of the participating designers. Then, in October, you will have the chance to vote on the MJSA website for your favorite.

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A Little Piece of Home

Growing up in a small town outside of Ames, Iowa, Abigail Redding had always longed to see the world. And now she was finally going to get her chance. In just a few weeks, she would be graduating from college with dual degrees in geology and physics. At the top of her class, she’d been recruited by a large, international environmental consulting company for a job that would have her traveling the world. She would be leaving to start her new job just a few days after graduation and she couldn’t wait.

While she was excited to see the world, she was worried about the family she was leaving behind. After her mother passed away from cancer when she was 11, Abby had tried her best to fill her shoes, taking care of two younger brothers, watching over her father, and tending to their small home. At first she was hesitant to leave (who would teach her brothers how to dance before their proms or make sure her father stuck to his low-salt diet?), but her father had insisted she grab this opportunity. She had already sacrificed enough, he had said, giving up the chance to study at an ivy league university and instead opting to live at home while attending the local state school so she could continue taking care of her family. She had earned it—and now, he said, it was her time.

James wanted to give his daughter something special, both to celebrate her accomplishment and to thank her for everything she had done for her family over the years. He also knew Abby was hesitant about leaving so he wanted her to have something she could always keep with her to remind her of her home and family—no matter how far away she might be.

Money was tight for James as a single parent, but he had some jewelry that his late wife had inherited from her grandmother, and he knew his wife would want their daughter to have it. Among the few pieces was an antique brooch featuring a large sapphire, and it was purple—his daughter’s favorite color. He realized the piece wasn’t right for his daughter—its ornate, old-fashioned design was much too busy for Abby, whose tastes ran more clean and simple. But he thought a jeweler could remove the stone and use it to create a special piece more in line with his daughter’s minimal, modern style.

Your mission is to design a special piece of jewelry for Abby with this purple sapphire, using any materials you see fit. The cost of additional materials and labor cannot exceed a budget of $3,000.

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The Winner of the 2014 MJSA Online Design Challenge Is…Jessica Neiwert!

Congratulations to Jessica Neiwert of Seattle, the winner of MJSA Online’s 2014 A Mother’s Love Design Challenge!

This year MJSA challenged nine designers to design a special 70th birthday gift for fictional character, Amelia Andrews, featuring a 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire, sourced from Omi Gems.

The nine participating designers created pieces to fit Amelia’s lifestyle and personality, and each month throughout 2014 a different designers vision was posted, along with the story behind it.

In October, when all nine designers were represented online, MJSA asked readers and viewers to vote for their favorite design, and Jessica Neiwert took home the win!

Jessica’s 18K rose gold ring design took inspiration from the color scheme of a sunset. She surrounded the center oval padparadscha with pear-shaped peach sapphires and colorless diamonds. The Gothic archways which enclose the courtyard of Amelia’s favorite museum helped to inspire the structure of the ring itself, reflecting the tribute to all the support Amelia provided to others throughout her 70 years. Sea foam green tourmalines subtly set beneath the under gallery are an ode to the green flash in a sunset.

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Stay tuned for the 2015 Online Design Challenge and a new stone from Omi Gems!

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Omi Gems Padparadscha at Center of 2014 MJSA Online Design Challenge – Vote Today!

Each year MJSA hosts an exciting Online Design challenge for its designer members. For 2014, nine designers were challenged with creating a jewelry piece around a lovely 4.49 carat padparadscha sapphire provided by Omi Gems.

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Voting ends on Friday, October 31st!

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The premise of the challenge, “A Mother’s Love”, is to create a design based on a fictional scenario, presented here, about a group of siblings that have come together to commission a very special 70th birthday gift for their mother.

We invite you to view all of the creative designs and cast your vote for the winner! Click each image to read the designers inspiration and design approach.

Design #1: Walt Adler Chefitz, Walt Adler, Miami
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An emotive brooch named “Three Generations.”

Design #2: Jessica Neiwert, Seattle
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18K rose gold ring inspired by the color scheme of a sunset.

Design #3: Jenny Reeves, San Francisco
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An 18K yellow gold brooch radiating warmth from the center.

Design #4: Gregory Crawford, Gregory Crawford Design, Atlanta

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White & green diamonds create a flame motif platinum pendant.

Design #5: Erin Murphy, Goldworks, Eugene, OregonDesign5
A vine of green tourmalines curves to the padparadscha center in an 18K yellow gold necklace.

Design #6: Robin Waynee, Ryan Roberts Ltd., Chimayo, New Mexico
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An arch of 18K white gold set with diamonds encompasses vine-like forms, with the padparadscha sapphire as a flower centerpiece.

Design #7: Geralyn Shrican, Geralyn Sheridan Design Studio, Chico, California

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Reflecting lines and colors from Matisse, this yellow gold ring set with blue topaz, tsavorite garnets, chocolate diamonds and mandarin garnets compliments the padparadscha stone.

Design #8: Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles
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A signature ombre metal style transitions from 18K pink gold to 18K yellow gold captures warmth of flowers and color of the sunset surrounding the padparadscha center.

Design #9: Tittin Rinde, Grey Pearl Studio, Antibes, France
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Surrounded by a sea of mother of pearl the padparadscha shines like a sunset in this colorful brooch.

Vote for your favorite design here!

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