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Omi Gems Sapphire Ring Named “Best of the Best” by JCK


(Los Angeles, CA)— March 1, 2012— Acclaimed jeweler Omi Gems has been named a finalist in the fifth annual Jewelers’ Choice Awards and will be featured in JCK’s “Best of the Best” supplement in May 2012, just in time for the 2012 JCK Las Vegas Show.

In its first submission to the prestigious awards, Omi Gems entered the category for “Platinum Jewelry – Over $10,000,” placing third with its handcrafted platinum ring featuring a stunning 30-carat, unheated, emerald-cut Ceylon sapphire accented with 160 ideal-cut diamond rounds, suggested retail $500,000.

Omi Gems 30 carat unheated Ceylon sapphire & diamond ring. JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards finalist "Platinum Jewelry - over $10,000"

As colored-gem aficionados know, it’s rare to find such a substantial stone that has not been heat-enhanced, and Omi Gems designers were obviously inspired by this remarkable sapphire to create a gorgeous ring around it. In the downtown Los Angeles workshop of Omi Gems, skilled craftspeople combine decades of experience and integrity to produce the finest handmade luxury jewelry from start to finish.

The esteemed JCK award comes on the heels of Omi Gems receiving two 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards, and all of the accolades serve as the perfect kickoff for Omi Gems announcement of a new line of luxury gemstone jewelry called Omi Privé. The Privé collection luxuriously showcases each design’s gemstone by framing and highlighting the natural beauty of the stone. Select pieces of the collection will be available for an exclusive preview event at the SMART Jewelry Show in Chicago this spring, followed by the collection’s official launch at JCK Las Vegas in June.

We invite you to view the Omi Privé collection at the following trade shows:

The SMART Jewelry Show Chicago
Navy Pier
April 21-23, 2012
INDESIGN Pavilion Booth #2214

JCK Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
June 1-4, 2012
Design Center Booth #S10716

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Omi Gems Rocks the 84th Annual Academy Awards with Elton John

Elton John hosted his 20th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party this past Sunday to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year’s party in West Hollywood Park turned into nothing short of a dazzling runway, complete with some of the world’s most beautiful women like Heidi Klum, Dita Von Teese, Marisa Miller and budding actress, Sadie Alexandru.

Actress Sadie Alexandru shows off her stunning Omi Gem's aquamarine and diamond ring during the Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Party and fundraiser.

Along with luminaries from every industry, Alexandru, who is currently a guest star on the new hit Cinemax series “Femme Fatales” shined in her Omi Gems 11 carat aquamarine and diamond ring. “What a truly AMAZING evening we had last night at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party where 5.1 million dollars were raised for the AIDS Foundation. We had a blast mingling, eating and dancing with all of the generous and glamorous benefactors. A big thank you Omi Gems for my stunning jewels from their Privé collection!” said Alexandru.

Aquamarine and diamond ring handcrafted with an 11.00 carat radiant cut aquamarine center stone accented with 1.60 carats of brilliant diamond rounds set in 18K white gold. MSRP $27,500

John was seated at a table in the middle of the ballroom, where the multi-award winning songwriter sat alongside a blue-haired, happy-looking Katy Perry and Smokey Robinson. Other attendees like Heidi Klum, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris were all buzzing about one important attendee: Elton and David’s son Zachary. At just over a year old, the little man was adorable in a miniature tuxedo monogrammed with his name. Zach was very excited about the chocolate Pomeranian toted by Fran Drescher.

Elton John's son, Zachary, loved Fran Drescher's chocolate Pomeranian.

John commented during his post-telecast that Sunday night’s crowd was the largest ever with 910 guests and that he was thrilled to be raising both money and awareness for the prevention and treatment of Aids.

Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese were all sparkles with Elton John.

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Omi Gems in Instore Magazine Blog

Spectrum’s New Spectrum of Trends

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago—give or take—I was one of the judges for the annual AGTA “Spectrum Awards.” Every year since—again, give or take—I attend the Editors’ Preview of the winners and entries, which occurs the day immediately following the competition.

But here’s the thing: This year at the Media Event, I was not only entranced (as always) by the incredible designs and lapidary work, but also by the clear sea change in jewelry trends. Really. Ten years ago, would you have seen . . .

As 1st place in “Bridal,” an engagement ring with a neon-green tsavorite? (

As “Best of Show,” a cuff with an aquamarine set in palladium? (

As “Platinum Honors” winner, a pair of earrings spotlighting Zultanite? (

As a black-tie neckpiece (and taking 1st place in “Classical”), a daring mix of three primary colors? (

No question about it, in contemporary jewelry, boundaries have been broken, parameters are passé. And top honorees in the 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards are brilliant proof. Take a look for yourself at Meantime, I do have one question, though: Is the AGTA ever to going to ask me again to be a judge for Spectrum? A decade ago, they invited me to jury by e-mail. But, as everything has changed since then, I’m thinking perhaps next year they’ll send me an Evite? A text? A message on my Facebook page? I’ll be sure to check.

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Omi Gems wins two AGTA Spectrum Awards

We are proud to announce that we have won two AGTA Spectrum awards.

“Best use of platinum and color” for our Sapphire and Diamond bracelet

“1st Place – Bridal” for our Tsavorite and Yellow Diamond ring

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