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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!

4.49 Padparadscha

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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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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