This year, nine designers took the challenge of designing jewelry around a 4.59 carat fancy purple sapphire from Omi Gems. A special daughter about to leave the nest and a natural purple sapphire are at the heart of the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge. Nine designers were supplied with the fictional scenario, presented here, about a father wanting to surprise his graduating daughter with a special gift before sending her out to conquer the world.
Now it’s your turn: Vote for your favorite design by visiting the MJSA.org website and following their voting instructions before October 31, 2015. The winner of the 2015 MJSA Journal A Little Piece of Home Design Challenge will be announced in the December print edition of MJSA Journal.
The magical, fiery birthstone for October is opal and we’re thrilled to present some of our finest black opals to date. Few things are as remarkable as the highly prized Australian black opal. The Lightning Ridge area of New South Wales produces a very finite supply of this phenomenal stone. Enjoy the wondrous play-of-color this October from Omi Gems!
Lot No: OP1035
Oval Black Opal
14.90 x 12.80 mm
Lot No: TS1064
Tsavorite Garnet Pear
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.
Lot No: FS1330
Purple/Violet Sapphire Cushion
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.
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.