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An Atomic Concept for the 8th Design in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge

Marilyn Robb from Myerson’s Limited in Toronto, Canada approached the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge “A Little Piece of Home” with a design integral to the setting of the center stone, a purple sapphire cushion provided by Omi Gems.

As a design concept, Marilyn focused on the fictional client’s love of science, deciding on an atomic pendant design with the purple sapphire serving as the atom’s nucleus.

Read more about Marilyn’s process and see additional angles of the pendant on the MJSA Design Challenge page.

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Featured Stone for May – Tsavorite Garnet Pear 3.77 carats

Lot No: TS1064
Tsavorite Garnet Pear
3.77 carats
11.69 x 8.40 x 5.62 mm
Rich deeper green but not over dark. Very clean and bright, difficult to find color like this today over 3 carats. GIA certified.

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

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Featured Stone for May – Tsavorite Garnet Cushion 2.47 carats

Lot No: TS1101
Tsavorite Garnet Cushion
2.47 carats
7.50 x 7.50 mm
Very nice green, perfect balance and saturation of green. Well cut, clean and bright.

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

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Featured Stone for May – Purple Spinel Emerald Cut 4.28 carats

Lot No: SP1722
Purple Spinel Emerald Cut
4.28 carats
9.70 x 8.40 mm
Very unique color, slight pinkish purple. Extremely clean and well cut. Great shape and size.

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

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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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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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