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The Top Tucson Gems to See!

The annual Tucson Gem & Mineral show is quickly approaching and the team at Omi Gems is excited to share some of its unique offerings and insights ahead of this premier event!

Since the 1970s, Tucson has become THE globally-recognized event for its scope and annual gathering of gem & mineral dealers, connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Multiple concurrent shows will be held throughout Tucson, bringing with them an assortment of goods to suite all tastes and price points. For those in search of fine colored gemstones, there is no better place to start your hunt than at the AGTA GemFair. Omi Gems is just one of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)’s 300+ exhibitors that will be on display this February. There is always a palpable buzz surrounding this show as a place to mingle with far-flung industry friends and to share insights from the past year. Shopping at the AGTA GemFair can provide a sense of security for purchasers, as AGTA Members agree to the disclosure of all gemstone enhancements and abide by a strict code of ethics to ensure and promote the highest standards across the industry in the United States.

Learn more about the AGTA GemFair in this video!

This show culminates with the AGTA Spectrum awards on Saturday night, where colored gem dealers and jewelry designers come together to celebrate and honor winning colored-stones and designs across multiple categories. For a colored stone designer or dealer, there are few accolades more prestigious than an AGTA Spectrum award, as designs are judged by an annually changing collection of fellow industry experts and leaders.
If you attend we would love to celebrate our five 2018 Spectrum Awards with you!

This year Omi Privé is exhibiting an assortment of some of the finest colored gemstones from across the world, including true classics such as ruby, emerald and sapphire but also collector’s stones such as alexandrite and padparadscha sapphire. Designs and loose stones are also comprised of some more rare and unique stones such as star sapphire, moonstone, grandidierite, cobalt spinel, demantoid garnets and cat’s eye alexandrite.  We encourage all attendees to wander and observe the offerings that only Tucson can provide, but be sure to stop by booth 401 at the AGTA GemFair to say hello and browse!

Blue Spinel


Purple Spinel
Purple Sapphire
Malayan Garnet
Burmese SpinelBlue Zircon

Black Opal

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The Top 5 Reasons to Visit the AGTA GemFair Tucson

As the year winds down, most of us involved with colored gemstones look ahead to our annual return to the Sonoran Desert city of Tucson, Arizona in early February. This vibrant city hosts people from across the globe on their pilgrimage to play a part in the colored gemstone trade. For those of us who attend the AGTA GemFair each year, we look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people who have discovered their passion for color. If you haven’t visited Tucson at this time of year before, here are five reasons why you should:

#5 – It is Sunny and Warm in February!
For most people, this time of year is the apex of winter. Whether you have been enduring snow and ice on the plains or constant rain in the Northwest, you could really use a break from it all. WIth rare exception, you can count on sunny skies and warm days in the desert. Enjoy the opportunity to play a round of golf or just soak in the sun while you eat lunch outdoors. It is a great way to recharge your batteries in the middle of winter.

#4 – Ethical dealers
You might be hesitant to do business at a show you have never attended before, but you can be assured that at the AGTA show each and every exhibitor has been vetted for you. Only AGTA members can exhibit at GemFair in the friendly confines of the Tucson Convention Center. What this means to you is that these dealers are bound to a strict set of rules including full disclosure of treatments and demonstrated ethical business practices. And if by chance you do have an issue with a transaction, the AGTA will be there for you to help mediate any concerns to a satisfactory resolution. This peace of mind is a key reason for many buyers to shop only with AGTA members.

#3 – The Tents
The AGTA GemFair is located in the air conditioned, secure Tucson Convention Center, but at the same time there are up to 30 other shows going on throughout the city. Many of these shows are located in white tents on otherwise vacant lots. Inside these tents are vendors from all over the world selling a wide variety of products including rough, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils and so much more. It is not uncommon to see full-size dinosaur fossils and huge geodes right next to each other. It is worth one day of your time to hop on the shuttles and explore this bevy of shows around the city – it truly is part of the Tucson experience.

#2 – It is Beneficial to your Business
As margins continue to shrink in the ultra-competitive diamond world, and a younger group of consumers emerges looking for something more interesting, you owe it to the future of your business to explore the opportunities afforded to you in colored gemstones. This is one category in retail where margins are strong and unaffected by the more commoditized diamond market. The AGTA GemFair offers a range of vendors in all price points – there truly is something for everyone under this roof. Take the chance to learn about gemstones you may have never seen before and current market conditions affecting certain segments of the industry. Many opportunities will present themselves as a way to enhance or change the way you do business. The energy is contagious.

#1 – Colored Gemstones
Tucson is the center of the colored gemstone universe for this week every year. Miners and cutters come to market with their newest finds and latest production. You owe it to yourself and your client’s to be on site where all of this activity is happening. You will be able to see in real time what others are buying and selling. You may come across product that will be appreciated by your clients based on the color, quality or price. We expect that anyone coming to Tucson for the first time will be inspired by all that the colored gemstone world has to offer. We never get tired of walking these aisles and seeing what treasures the earth has yielded in the last year.

Omi Gems has been a part of the AGTA GemFair Tucson for over 30 years. It is a market established on trust and quality. We hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to come see us in Tucson in 2018 – you will find us in the front row in booth 401.

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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.


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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How to Make a Purple Sapphire a Home! MJSA 2015 Online Design Challenge #2

Bruce Hartman, owner of Creek Reflections, a private jewelry studio in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is the second designer in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge.

As Bruce read the fictional story entitled “A little Piece of Home,” home and family are what stuck out the most. He kept these two aspects in mind as he designed around our 4.59 carat cushion shaped purple sapphire, the sponsored stone for this year’s Challenge. Discover the thoughtful meaning of the diamonds and geometric shapes in this design on the MJSA website.

HartmanFollow 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 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.

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

An emotive brooch named “Three Generations.”

Design #2: Jessica Neiwert, Seattle
18K rose gold ring inspired by the color scheme of a sunset.

Design #3: Jenny Reeves, San Francisco
An 18K yellow gold brooch radiating warmth from the center.

Design #4: Gregory Crawford, Gregory Crawford Design, Atlanta

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
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


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
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
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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Jewellery News Asia – November 2013 – Omi Gems

Pinks and purple gain popularity overseas!

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Vote for Color with Omi Privé in the 2014 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards!

Omi Privé is honored to be a part of the 7th annual Jewelers’ Choice Awards presented by JCK. For 2014, we have painstakingly chosen four of our most inspiring designs and invite you to vote on JCK’s website. Voting is open to all retail jewelers from November 2nd through December 31st, 2013. With every vote retailers place, you’ll be entered to win a free hotel stay during JCK Las Vegas! Look for Omi Privé in the following categories:

Best Ring Design
over $10,000
An impressive 11.24 ct. vivid pink cushion-cut sapphire is the focus of this show-stopping platinum ring. Enhanced on both sides with 18k rose gold and 0.20 cts. t.w. of round pink sapphires, this piece presents a total of 2.71 cts. of brilliant round diamonds in its body and frame. Vote now!

Best Bridal Design
over $10,000

A stunning 3.50 ct. radiant-cut sapphire is framed perfectly by a double border of round sapphires and brilliant diamonds. Handcrafted in platinum, the hidden beauty of this piece lies underneath, where two inner baskets cross to form its base. Hand-set French pavé tastefully flaunts the ring’s 0.82 ct. t.w. of round diamonds and 0.31 ct. t.w. of sapphires.

Gold Jewelry
over $2,500

An 8.54 ct. fancy-cut tsavorite garnet is set amid flames of 0.97 ct. t.w. fancy yellow round diamonds. This fiery pendant was handcrafted in 18k yellow gold, and features side filigree details. Keep the flame alive and vote today! 

Platinum Jewelry
over $10,000

Sixteen diamond-encrusted prongs hoist this one-of-a-kind 17.00 ct. oval no heat sapphire. This platinum ring was handcrafted specifically for the Sri Lankan stone, and incorporates 1.45 cts. t.w. of sparkling round diamonds. Vote in the Platinum category today!

We’d also like to thank all those who voted last year and named Omi Privé’s tsavorite and diamond ring the “Best of the Best” in Platinum Jewelry over $10,000 as well as the W Magazine Readers’ Choice winner!

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Privé Fall Favorites!

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

Autumn marks three of my favorite things: the transition to a new wardrobe (bring on the boots, chunky sweaters, and cozy scarves), the infamous Fall drinks (who can live without pumpkin spiced lattes and chai tea?), and the very best – new jewelry! From light pastels to warm neutral tones, softer colors are everywhere, especially in fine jewelry. I have spotlighted five Omi Privé favorites below. Not only do these accentuate the near transitions to Winter, but each is truly a year-round investment piece.

This ring boasts an 8.66 carat cushion-cut spessartite garnet center. The 18K rose gold setting compliments the gemstone’s rich orange color. Bright and beautiful, this garnet exudes the idyllic tone for Fall, and will add a brilliant “pop” of color to a year-round wardrobe (Style RC1012-SGCU).

Handcrafted in Platinum, these stud earrings feature two round garnets weighing a total of 1.43 carats. The orange spessartite centers are accentuated by the pavé-set diamond halo frames. These studs are stunning, yet effortless, for everyday Fall wear (Style SS1050-SGRD).

The 6.22 carat spessartite garnet in the center of this pendant was mined in Nigeria. It presents optimal color, not reflecting any excess brown or yellow. The Platinum design features a double halo, with small round spessartites set in the inner 18K rose gold frame. White diamonds add contrast, and also emphasize the garnets’ vibrant orange color (Style PC1110-SGPE).

This ring features a 6.72 carat cushion-cut pink tourmaline center. The piece was specially created in 18K rose gold to flawlessly frame the stone, and highlight its hue. The combination is perfect to accentuate Autumn’s warm tones, and the color transitions beautifully to Winter, Spring and Summer (Style RC1230-TPCU).

This 11.11 carat topaz was mined in Ouro Preto, in the state Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its fine golden-yellow hue is known as Imperial color. The stone ideally reflects its trichroism, with its noticeable red shades able to be seen from the sides. To bring out this feature, the 18K rose gold setting was specifically crafted with small round rubies set on both sides bordering its frame (Style RC1450-PTOV).

Which piece is your favorite this Fall?

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Omi Privé Cheers for Pantone’s 2014 Spring Colors!

Perfectly aligned with New York Fashion Week, Pantone has 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.”

Omi Privé is excited to introduce some of 2014’s colors in our latest designs. 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. Our 18K rose gold and pink tourmaline ring exudes “Cayenne”!

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 one-of-a-kind pink sapphire platinum and 18K rose gold ring.

Placid Blue, induces a sense of calmness and tranquility as seen in our double-halo sapphire and platinum engagement ring. 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 as seen in our violet-blue round sapphire and diamond ring 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.

Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. What does our radiant-cut fancy sapphire ring bring out in you?

Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a touch that’s different from the Emerald green of last year. Green tourmaline paired with yellow gold is the perfect hue to carry summer through every season!

Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue can inspire you every day with our imperial topaz, ruby and diamond ring set in 18K rose gold.


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