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“A Mother’s Love” – Omi Gems Sponsors MJSA 2014 Online Design Challenge

For the fifth consecutive year, MJSA is hosting an online-only project, a favorite among MJSA readers and website visitors. Last year, nine designers were asked to render a bridal set around a gorgeous alexandrite in the “Russian Doll” Design Challenge. The winning entry, by Pierre-Yves Paquette of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada, was featured in the December 2013 issue of MJSA Journal. (You can still see all of the designs here.)

For 2014, we are excited to again be hosting the Online Design Challenge with a rare oval padparadscha sapphire and a story centering around a devoted mother. MJSA has supplied nine designers with 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.

Every month from January through September, MJSA will feature the designs of one participating designer. Then, in October, it will be up to you to vote for your favorite.

As you read the 2014 scenario, “A Mother’s Love,” think about how you would handle the challenge—We will keep you up to date on the submissions throughout the year. Enjoy!

The stone provided as inspiration for the designers is a 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire measuring 10.45 x 7.89 x 6.61 mm. The stone is GRS certified as a no-heat natural orange-pink sapphire “Natural Padparadscha” from Madagascar.

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Vote in the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge! Omi Gems Alexandrite Inspires Nine Designers

A bride-to-be’s Russian roots and a gorgeous Omi Gems alexandrite set the stage for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge. This year the Design Challenge was centered around our 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite. MJSA supplied nine designers with a fictional scenario, presented here, about a client who would like them to design her engagement ring and wedding band around the unique gemstone.

Now it’s time to vote for your favorite design by visiting the MJSA website! The winner of the 2013 MJSA Journal Russian Doll Design Challenge will be announced in the December print edition of MJSA Journal. Voting is open through October 31st, 2013 and we have highlighted the inspirational stone and final nine designs below: 

3.18 carat Cushion Natural Alexandrite

Alexandra Hart

Malak Atut

Pierre-Yves Paquette

Zoltan David

Boris Goynatsky

Vijayshree Sovani

Brooke Kanani Kahlealani Sachs

Jennifer Dawes

Timothy Green

Vote for your favorite and stay tuned for next year’s Design Challenge featuring a new Omi Gem!

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MJSA Online Design Challenge: Designs 8 & 9

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE NOW!

The final two designs for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge have been posted! Each year the MJSA hosts an online competition for jewelry designers who are MJSA members. The designers are given specs for a particular gemstone (this year Omi Gems’ 3.18 carat cushion cut color-change alexandrite) and a fictional story to build their creation around. The 2013 scenario, “Russian Doll,” challenged the designers to think about how they would handle designing a wedding ring and engagement band for a young Russian couple chasing the American Dream. Designers must incorporate the bride’s style, heritage and love for dance into their design. Read the full story here and check out the final two designs!

The 8th design comes from Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design in Santa Rosa, California. After reading the story of Galina’s engagement, Jennifer was taken by the description of the “kutya“, a traditional Russian porridge made of grains, honey, and poppy seeds. This became the heart of Jennifer’s design, using the porridge’s ingredients to symbolize hope, happiness and peace.

On the top of the ring, you will see two small bees representing honey, pollinating this magical stone and also serving as prongs to hold the alexandrite center stone.

The 9th and final design before online voting begins in early October is from Timothy W. Green of Portland, Oregon. Timothy was thrilled when he saw the Omi Gem’s cushion alexandrite. “The center stone is so spectacular that I wanted it to be the the star of the show. I didn’t want to overwhelm it with a lot of unnecessary bling,” says Timothy. Read his full design inspiration here.

While the ring is lush and impressive, it is designed to be comfortable to wear for Galina’s love of dance. The center stone is set low with bead-set melee so she can dance without worrying about her ring getting caught or in the way.

Visit the MJSA Design Challenge homepage for your chance to vote for your favorite design!

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MJSA Online Design Challenge – Designs #6 and #7

The sixth and seventh designs for the MJSA 2013 Online Design Challenge have been posted! Each year the MJSA hosts an Online Design Challenge where participants are challenged to create a design around a loose gemstone. This year, the designers are inspired by the center stone, a 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite provided by Omi Gems, and a fictional story about a young Russian couple in love. Throughout the year, nine designers are challenged to create an engagement ring and wedding band set featuring the alexandrite, while keeping in mind the desires of Galina, the young woman who is center stage in the story.

Design #6 comes to us from Vijayshree Sovani of New Delhi, India. Vijayshree wanted to fuse Galina’s rich traditional culture with her love for modern design into her ring. The 18K white gold wedding band is meant only to be worn together with the engagement ring is inspired by the domes of Russian architecture. A pink tourmaline and peridot leaves pick up on the floral enameling in the 18K white gold engagement ring featuring the beautiful alexandrite.

Symbolizing the traditional Russian Orthodox belief in the holy trinity and its blessings, the engagement ring designed by Sovani showcases an enameled pattern that portrays Galina’s love for modern design.

The 7th design comes from Brooke Kanani Kahealani Sachs, from Westerly, Rhode Island. Brooke’s design took shape in the form of a sculptural story of Galina’s life, including her family traditions, her love for the fashion designs of Lesia Paramonova, and the Russian Orthodox church. Choosing 18K yellow gold, Brooke felt it would create beautiful shadows through the organic design and be a nice contrast to the color-change alexandrite. Integrating some of the main ingredients of the traditional Russian porridge; wheat created from graduated diamonds, poppy seeds and a honeycomb pattern grace the engagement ring.

The center alexandrite is surrounded by floral petals, creating a soft gestural edge around the symmetrical stone. The golden floral design at the top of the alexandrite is meant to take the shape of a dome, which symbolizes the sky. The alexandrite then creates a rectangular structure symbolizing a ship as a means of salvation (Noah’s Ark).

Both of these unique designs exemplify the story of Galina and her family traditions, fashion sense, and religious beliefs. Stay tuned to see the remaining designs announced in the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge! If you’re looking to design your own alexandrite ring, give us a call at 877.OMI.GEMS to inquire about our extensive inventory of loose alexandrite.

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MJSA Online Design Challenge – Submissions #3, #4 and #5

Each year MJSA hosts an Online Design Challenge based on a fictional story inspiring a design around a loose gemstone. This year participants are taking inspiration from Omi Gems’ 3.18 carat cushion cut alexandrite and the story of a young Russian couple in love. The focus of the story is Galina, a young woman chasing the American Dream, still in love with her Russian ancestry. The designer’s mission is to design Galina’s engagement ring and wedding band around this alexandrite, using any materials he/she sees fit.

The third custom design in this year’s MJSA.org Online Design Challenge is from Pierre-Yves Paquette of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada. The organic, nature-inspired fashions of Galina’s favorite fashion designer provided the idea for Pierre’s design. The platinum and 18K yellow gold mokumé gane wedding band nestles within the shank of the engagement ring, enabling the two rings to be worn together or separately. “I chose to use mokumé game for the wedding band because the style is reminiscent of the colorfully twisted domes on Moscow’s Kremlin,” says Pierre.

 Green carnets compliment the purple and blue of the alexandrite. The champagne diamonds and green garnets bring the colors of nature to Pierre-Yves Paquette’s inspired design.

The fourth design in the MJSA Online Design Challenge is presented by Zoltan David of Austin, Texas. Zoltan says he “felt an instant connection to Galina’s story,” because the Russian cultural artistry is so similar to the Hungarian art and architecture of his own heritage. Zoltan used his patented shaped metal inlay process along the platinum rings, with 24K inlaid gold shaped into beads, leading the eye back to the center stone. “I made sure each element kept the focus on the alexandrite, a prospect I enjoyed because the more beautiful the gemstone, the easier it is to work with.”

Zotan David’s design features inlaid 18K green gold leaves and 24K yellow gold beads directing the eye to the center alexandrite.

The fifth submission for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge is from Boris Goynatsky of BG Art Jewelry Atelier in New York City. Galina’s story literally hit home for Goynatsky, as Russia is his native country. Incorporating the three pillars of Russian culture- home, faith, and motherland- Goynatsky’s platinum ring set eludes each of these elements to capture the Russian spirit. “To represent Russian orthodox belief and faith, I used the typical golden onion heads found on Russian basilicas. They point up to the ever-changing Russian sky, beautifully symbolized here by the color-change alexandrite,” says Goynatsky.

 Goynatsky choose platinum to represent his design. The cool white metal captures the spirit of the Russian winter and is perfect to feature the alexandrite without color infiltration.

At Omi Gems we have one of the largest selections of fine quality loose alexandrite, and are proud to sponsor the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge. Stay tuned to our blog and MJSA’s website to cast your votes for your favorite designs later this year!

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MJSA Online Design Challenge – Submission #2

We are happy to present the second entry in the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge, submitted by Malak Atut of New York City. Omi Gems offered up a beautiful cushion shaped 3.18 carat alexandrite with strong color change as the inspiration for this year’s Online Design Challenge. Throughout the year, nine designers are challenged to create an engagement ring design surrounding a fictional story of a young Russian couple, Galina and her boyfriend Michael, who are chasing the “American Dream”.

Malak created a rose gold engagement ring that would fit perfectly between two pavé-set diamond wedding bands. “My objective was to design something that was meaningful, worthy of the alexandrite, and aesthetically perfect for Galina—the real-life Russian doll,” said Malak. The alexandrite in Malak’s design is cradled by demantoid garnet crosses with rose-cut diamond centers intersecting where moonstones meet, representing Galina’s strong Russian roots.

 

The entire story behind Malak’s inspired design as well as more sketches can be seen on MJSA.org. At Omi Gems we have one of the largest inventories of loose alexandrite available. Please call us at 877.OMI.GEMS for all your loose gemstone needs!

 

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Russian Doll – Omi Gems Sponsors MJSA Online Design Challenge

Imagine that you have been asked to use an amazing 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite as the focus of an engagement ring and wedding band set for a young Russian couple living the “American Dream.” What would you design? This is the unique and exciting task assigned to nine designers around the country in the 4th annual 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge. Omi Gems is proud to be a sponsor, and to provide the “phenomenal” color change alexandrite as inspiration for the designers!

Designers begin with this beautiful image of the strong color-change alexandrite, and are given these size details: 3.18 carats, 10.38×8.31mm, 4.2mm depth. Every month from January through September, MJSA.org will feature the designs of one of the participating designers. In October, it will be up to you, the MJSA readers, to vote for your favorite!

Designers must consider several elements from the Russian Doll story in order to create their unique and personal design for the couple. Read the historic and romantic story of “Galina” and “Michael,” and contemplate how you would handle the challenge.

The first designer to present their design online is Alexandra Hart from San Diego. Her meaningful work ushers us into this fun and creative contest!

View past MJSA Online Design Challenges here:

2010 Design Challenge “Old Becomes New”
2011 Design Challenge “Suite Emotion”
2012 Design Challenge “Outback Memories”

 

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