Monthly Archives: December 2012

Live Colorfully, Give Colorfully!
2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… five golden rings!”
Well, it may not always be anticipated to give five gold rings, but it is widely known that jewelry is one of the best gifts to give – and receive – for the holidays. For some, purchasing jewelry may seem a bit daunting. There is a certainty that many need before committing to an item so costly, and as personal, as jewelry. It can especially seem stressful when choosing a gift for a significant other, aiming to get a piece he/she will love and enjoy without any reservation, while making the best investment possible!

It is also widely known and understood that the holiday season often brings a level of financial stress to surface in general. For many, holiday shopping, while thrilling and fun, definitely puts an unwanted dent in the checkbook. Consumers are marketed to by most brands that feature their products in “gift guides,” insisting that they offer gift items to fit any budget.

It is no secret that jewelry is costly. Therefore, I am taking a different approach this holiday season. The great emphasis on the monetary costs of gift-giving rather takes away from the true intent of it – to give the recipient something meaningful that shows thought and care. Instead of focusing intensely on monetary costs, shift the focus of the holiday purchase to the personality of the recipient, and what style she most often caters to.

I have compiled some favorite Omi Privé pieces into a handy chart to assist purchasers with their selections, dividing jewelry tastes into four style categories.

For those with a very feminine flair – lean towards refined settings with lighter colored center stones. Pink Sapphire, pink tourmaline, and pink spinel may exude exquisite and delicate taste.

For the individualist – seek pieces that feature more rare and unique stones set in distinctive designs. Alexandrite, a natural color-changing stone, is always a conversation starter! Green tsavorite, orange spessartite, and red spinel pop and stand out on any skin tone.

For the wearer with a more classic style, focus on traditional stones in timeless settings. Ruby, emerald, and sapphire are the most well-known gemstones (and may also carry the most value).

For the show-stopper, seek out one-of-a-kind designs that are not as commonly seen or available in the market. Obviously, many feel that the larger the item, the better, in this case. Most will agree that a knock-out piece does not always necessarily have to be enormous in size to catch the eye. Distinctive designs can often attract equivalent attention.

Please feel free to peruse these pieces, and use my easy-to-read guide of how to give (and receive) Omi Privé color this season!

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What Makes Gemstones Valuable?

The world of colored gemstones is incredible. Learning the path that a gemstone takes from the earth into a finished jewelry design is an amazing experience that can be felt every time it is viewed or worn. But one may ask, “What makes a gemstone valuable?” From ancient times gems have been used to beautify and adorn. They have also acted as currency and been held as tangible assets of wealth. Collecting gemstones is a wonderful investment to also be admired, enjoyed, and passed on to future generations. Our heirs will cherish very few things that are as personal and as valuable as a fine gem, which always carries an exciting story! Below we discuss some of the more rare gemstones and their valuable stories.

Gemstones are the artwork of nature polished by the imagination of man. Photo by R.W. Hughes

The Magic of Change

Alexandrite is one of the most astonishing and rare gemstones ever discovered. It changes color in different lighting, from hues of greens and blues in daylight to reds and purples in incandescent light. Alexandrite was discovered in April of 1834 in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was named after Tsar Alexander II, due to its discovery around the time of the future Tsar’s coming of age. Fine alexandrite from Russia is very rare, and usually can only be found in older estate pieces. In 1987, a new find of Alexandrite was discovered in Minais Gerais, Brazil. The most important factor in determining the value of an Alexandrite is its color change: the more dramatic the shift, the higher the value. Alexandrite is a stone for connoisseurs and collectors. However, its story, connecting the mountains of Russia to the rainforest of Brazil, makes it an even more valuable treasure.

Alexandrite is one of the most astonishing and rare gemstones ever discovered.

A Rare Fire

The British Crown Jewels contain some of the most famous and valuable gemstones in the world. One of the most well-known gems is the “Black Prince Ruby,” a 170-carat red gemstone set in the center of the Imperial State Crown. All whom have had the privilege of viewing this beautiful gem know its red color to glow as if it’s on fire! But the Black Prince Ruby isn’t actually a ruby at all! It is a fine red spinel. Throughout history, red spinel has been confused with ruby, because it can be similar in color, and is usually mined in the same areas. Spinel is found in a variety of different colors with shades of red or blue as the most desirable. The most well-known historical location for red spinel is Mogok, Burma. Spinel of many hues has also been found in Sri Lanka. Despite spinel’s similarity to ruby, it is more rare and surprisingly, more affordable. This makes it particularly interesting to collectors whom know its story!

Spinel is found in a variety of different colors and shades ranging from red to blue.

Paraíba Tourmaline
Incredible Color

Tourmaline is a stone that is also found in a variety of colors. Almost all varieties of tourmaline can be found in Brazil. In 1989, the most rare and expensive of all tourmaline was discovered in the state of Paraíba in Brazil. The stunning neon blue and green stones originating from this area soon became known as Paraíba Tourmaline. The vivid blue and green coloration they exude is due to trace amounts of copper, the element that must be present during their formation. Paraíba tourmaline is generally quite included; finding a clean one is rare in any size, but especially in sizes over one carat. Paraíba tourmaline as a fine gemstone definitely depicts a striking story!

The vivid blue and green color which Paraíba tourmalines exude is due to trace amounts of copper present during the stones formation.

Omi Privé
Fine Gemstone Jewelry
Omi Privé recognizes that gems reveal the earth’s purest form of beauty. Every individual has the ability to connect with a stone. Each Omi Privé piece is handcrafted in the United States, and exceeds the most exacting standards. Uniting the earth’s organic treasures with artistic design and our craftsman’s skill is our specialty. These three elements provide the ultimate combination that renders each Omi Privé piece exceptionally unsurpassable.

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Emerald Revealed as Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year

The Omi Gems office is buzzing with excitement over Pantone’s announcement of the 2013 color of the year: Emerald! We are delighted that this lively and lush hue has been chosen to represent the new year, and will influence the entire world of jewelry and fashion designers, home interiors, makeup and more!

Emerald is, of course, most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones. The general perception of Emerald is of sophistication and luxury. There’s no wonder that Dorothy and her pals from the Wizard of Oz were in such awe as they viewed the “Emerald City” over the horizon. It is the color of rebirth, renewal and prosperity- no other color conveys growth more than green.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

The popularity of green has been steadily rising throughout the past few seasons and especially on the red carpet. Appropriate for any occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear. Emerald also permits great complimentary hue accents, such as peaches, pinks, mauves, ruby reds and deep purples. And gemstones and colored stone jewelry definitely aren’t limited to solely Emeralds! Many stones have beautiful hues of green, such as tsavorite garnet, green sapphire, green tourmaline, peridot and, our favorite, alexandrite. We’re excited to see where this luxurious jewel-like Pantone hue takes us in 2013!

Bi-Color and watermelon tourmaline combine the vividness of emerald green with complementing reddish-rose hues.

Emerald earrings provide the perfect pop of green to accompany any ensemble.

Tsavorite garnet is a vivid and lively green!

Alexandrite is an amazing color-change gemstone which is green in natural daylight and an auberguine purple in incandescent light.

Here, a true cushion shape emerald is flanked by brilliant cut diamonds and the signature Omi Privé alexandrite round hidden inside shank.

Pantone describes Emerald as verdant, prosperous, balanced, energizing, vivid, luminous, renewing, inspiring, sophisticated, radiant, regenerative, healing, classically elegant, lively, positive, unifying, clarity inducing, magnificent, harmonious, lush, powerful, multifaceted, jewel-toned, balanced and universally appealing. Give us a call when you’re in need of green at 877.OMI.GEMS!


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Omi Privé and Color Rule in the 2012 Bridal Jewelry Awards

Engagement 101’s second annual Bridal Jewelry Awards began with hundreds of submissions from distinguished jewelry designers from around the world, including Omi Privé. After a rigorous nomination process that whittled the submissions to just 48, the selections were then divided into eight categories of popular ring trends, including “Best Woman’s Wedding Band”.

Omi Privé was delighted to be selected and presented among five other prestigious designers in the category. Through the month of November, thousands of men and women visited to cast their vote for their favorite “ring of the year”. We are highly honored to have our Sapphire and Diamond eternity wedding band voted the “Women’s Wedding Band” of the year for 2012! Thank you everyone for your votes!

This gorgeous sapphire and diamond platinum eternity wedding band has a total of 3.51 carats of diamond cut sapphires and 0.58 carats of French Pavé set brilliant diamonds.

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Twas a Colorful Night!

Twas November and December, when all through your store,
the customers were searching for color galore.
The stockings were hung by the jeweler’s bench with care,
in hopes that Omi Gems would soon be there!

Listen Now! 

 When outside the store there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bench to see what was the matter.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the luster of gemstones to objects below.

When, what to my wondering eyes did appear,
but a sleigh full of rubies and sapphires headed towards the cashier.
With a little old driver, not wanting to show me,
I knew in a moment that it must be Omi!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to the right,
and filled all the stockings; with emeralds and rubies and Alexandrite!
Now that the stockings burst of color and hue,
he sprang to his sleigh and away he flew.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a colorful-night!”

Listen Now!

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