Category Archives: Gemstones

Stone of the Month: Spinel Cushion 3.60 carats

Our stone for May is a very saturated 3.60 carat Tanzanian spinel measuring 7.10 x 9.50 mm. We’ll have more spinels for you to view at AGTA GemFair Las Vegas! Visit us in booth 511!

Cushion Spinel

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“A Mother’s Love” – Omi Gems Sponsors MJSA 2014 Online Design Challenge

For the fifth consecutive year, MJSA is hosting an online-only project, a favorite among MJSA readers and website visitors. Last year, nine designers were asked to render a bridal set around a gorgeous alexandrite in the “Russian Doll” Design Challenge. The winning entry, by Pierre-Yves Paquette of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada, was featured in the December 2013 issue of MJSA Journal. (You can still see all of the designs here.)

For 2014, we are excited to again be hosting the Online Design Challenge with a rare oval padparadscha sapphire and a story centering around a devoted mother. MJSA has supplied nine designers with 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.

Every month from January through September, MJSA will feature the designs of one participating designer. Then, in October, it will be up to you to vote for your favorite.

As you read the 2014 scenario, “A Mother’s Love,” think about how you would handle the challenge—We will keep you up to date on the submissions throughout the year. Enjoy!

The stone provided as inspiration for the designers is a 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire measuring 10.45 x 7.89 x 6.61 mm. The stone is GRS certified as a no-heat natural orange-pink sapphire “Natural Padparadscha” from Madagascar.

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MJSA Journal – January 2014 – Color Trends with Omi Gems

Omi Gems has all the color that’s hot in 2014! Click to read full article.

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Jewellery News Asia – November 2013 – Omi Gems

Pinks and purple gain popularity overseas!

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Radiant Orchid Announced as Pantone® 2014 Color of the Year!

We’re delighted Pantone has announced the exuberant “Radiant Orchid” as the color of the year for 2014! “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for many combinations. So, are you wondering what stones you should design with for 2014? We have a great selection of pink sapphires and purplish-pink spinels, which most accurately convey Radiant Orchid.

It’s also important to know what your customers wearing Radiant Orchid will desire for color-blocking. We feel the multifaceted hue is absolutely seductive when combined with the deep red of rubies, red spinel or garnet.  For those daring to be different, combining with one of 2014’s sister color, Hemlock, is a stunning combination. A summery ornamental green, Hemlock is best portrayed with mint green tourmaline.

Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS or email [email protected] for all of your color orders!

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Omi Gems Cheers for Pantone’s 2014 Spring Colors!

Pantone® recently 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.”

Now is the perfect time to work with your clients who love color and give us a call at 877.OMI.GEMS for all of your gemstone needs. 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. Pink tourmaline and many spinels exude “Cayenne” hues.

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 cushion cut pink sapphire.

Placid Blue, induces a sense of calmness and tranquility as seen in this radiant cut fancy sapphire. 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 can be found in sapphires and tanzanite and 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.

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

Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue can inspire you every day with imperial topaz or mandarin garnet.


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Featured Stone: 4.49 Carat Padparascha Sapphire Oval

Our featured stone for October is a stunning unheated orange-pink 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire measuring 10.45 x 7.89 x 6.61 mm. GRS certified this stone is immediately available. Call us at 877.OMI.GEMS for additional information and details on our large collection of padparadscha’s in a variety of sizes.

Learn more about padparadscha sapphires here.

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Vote in the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge! Omi Gems Alexandrite Inspires Nine Designers

A bride-to-be’s Russian roots and a gorgeous Omi Gems alexandrite set the stage for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge. This year the Design Challenge was centered around our 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite. MJSA supplied nine designers with a fictional scenario, presented here, about a client who would like them to design her engagement ring and wedding band around the unique gemstone.

Now it’s time to vote for your favorite design by visiting the MJSA website! The winner of the 2013 MJSA Journal Russian Doll Design Challenge will be announced in the December print edition of MJSA Journal. Voting is open through October 31st, 2013 and we have highlighted the inspirational stone and final nine designs below: 

3.18 carat Cushion Natural Alexandrite

Alexandra Hart

Malak Atut

Pierre-Yves Paquette

Zoltan David

Boris Goynatsky

Vijayshree Sovani

Brooke Kanani Kahlealani Sachs

Jennifer Dawes

Timothy Green

Vote for your favorite and stay tuned for next year’s Design Challenge featuring a new Omi Gem!

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MJSA Online Design Challenge: Designs 8 & 9


The final two designs for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge have been posted! Each year the MJSA hosts an online competition for jewelry designers who are MJSA members. The designers are given specs for a particular gemstone (this year Omi Gems’ 3.18 carat cushion cut color-change alexandrite) and a fictional story to build their creation around. The 2013 scenario, “Russian Doll,” challenged the designers to think about how they would handle designing a wedding ring and engagement band for a young Russian couple chasing the American Dream. Designers must incorporate the bride’s style, heritage and love for dance into their design. Read the full story here and check out the final two designs!

The 8th design comes from Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design in Santa Rosa, California. After reading the story of Galina’s engagement, Jennifer was taken by the description of the “kutya“, a traditional Russian porridge made of grains, honey, and poppy seeds. This became the heart of Jennifer’s design, using the porridge’s ingredients to symbolize hope, happiness and peace.

On the top of the ring, you will see two small bees representing honey, pollinating this magical stone and also serving as prongs to hold the alexandrite center stone.

The 9th and final design before online voting begins in early October is from Timothy W. Green of Portland, Oregon. Timothy was thrilled when he saw the Omi Gem’s cushion alexandrite. “The center stone is so spectacular that I wanted it to be the the star of the show. I didn’t want to overwhelm it with a lot of unnecessary bling,” says Timothy. Read his full design inspiration here.

While the ring is lush and impressive, it is designed to be comfortable to wear for Galina’s love of dance. The center stone is set low with bead-set melee so she can dance without worrying about her ring getting caught or in the way.

Visit the MJSA Design Challenge homepage for your chance to vote for your favorite design!

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Privé Fall Favorites!

by Nicolette Kovacevich, G.G.
Manager of Fine Jewelry, Omi Privé

Autumn marks three of my favorite things: the transition to a new wardrobe (bring on the boots, chunky sweaters, and cozy scarves), the infamous Fall drinks (who can live without pumpkin spiced lattes and chai tea?), and the very best – new jewelry! From light pastels to warm neutral tones, softer colors are everywhere, especially in fine jewelry. I have spotlighted five Omi Privé favorites below. Not only do these accentuate the near transitions to Winter, but each is truly a year-round investment piece.

This ring boasts an 8.66 carat cushion-cut spessartite garnet center. The 18K rose gold setting compliments the gemstone’s rich orange color. Bright and beautiful, this garnet exudes the idyllic tone for Fall, and will add a brilliant “pop” of color to a year-round wardrobe (Style RC1012-SGCU).

Handcrafted in Platinum, these stud earrings feature two round garnets weighing a total of 1.43 carats. The orange spessartite centers are accentuated by the pavé-set diamond halo frames. These studs are stunning, yet effortless, for everyday Fall wear (Style SS1050-SGRD).

The 6.22 carat spessartite garnet in the center of this pendant was mined in Nigeria. It presents optimal color, not reflecting any excess brown or yellow. The Platinum design features a double halo, with small round spessartites set in the inner 18K rose gold frame. White diamonds add contrast, and also emphasize the garnets’ vibrant orange color (Style PC1110-SGPE).

This ring features a 6.72 carat cushion-cut pink tourmaline center. The piece was specially created in 18K rose gold to flawlessly frame the stone, and highlight its hue. The combination is perfect to accentuate Autumn’s warm tones, and the color transitions beautifully to Winter, Spring and Summer (Style RC1230-TPCU).

This 11.11 carat topaz was mined in Ouro Preto, in the state Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its fine golden-yellow hue is known as Imperial color. The stone ideally reflects its trichroism, with its noticeable red shades able to be seen from the sides. To bring out this feature, the 18K rose gold setting was specifically crafted with small round rubies set on both sides bordering its frame (Style RC1450-PTOV).

Which piece is your favorite this Fall?

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