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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!
During the 85th Academy Awards last night, it seemed that all the rage on the red carpet was “neutral.” We saw lots of beige, creme and silver. We were happy to see however, that a few stunning (and brave) actresses sported their true colors along with some Omi Privé fine jewelry!
A few other actresses were spotted wearing color and brightening up the 2013 Oscars:
Always stunning, Jennifer Garner chose a fabulous Gucci gown reminiscent of Pantone’s Fall color, Acai. An alexandrite ring would be the perfect compliment to a dress like Jennifer’s, as it would highlight the natural purple hues in the nighttime and onstage lighting.
Red hot on the red carpet, Jennifer Aniston could “Samba” all night rocking this hot Pantone color! Of course, rubies are the classic choice to pair with the red of Jennifer Aniston’s dress. We think this ruby and diamond bracelet featuring 13 deep red round rubies would be the perfect compliment!
Reese Witherspoon should have wowed the crowd with a stunning sapphire cocktail ring. That would have definitely popped on the red carpet with her electric blue gown!
Correspondant for the Today show, Maria Menounos, glows in pinks similar to Pantone Fall 2013 color “Vivacious.” Pink sapphire, spinel or pink tourmaline all provide vibrant pink hues.
Keep up with red carpet styles by showing your color! View all of the Fall Pantone colors here, and when you’re looking for those colors to compliment an ensemble, view the Omi Privé collection on our website.
by Niveet Nagpal, G.G.
Vice President, Omi Gems
AGTA Tucson is right around the corner, and it is a great opportunity for you to view the colorful 2013 AGTA Spectrum award-winning designs and loose gems in person! I encourage all designers who love color to enter in 2014.
The AGTA GemFair Tucson is a convenient place to acquire gemstones and suppliers for your 2014 Spectrum Awards design entries. Suppliers from all over the country are at your disposal during the show, providing an ideal opportunity to form relationships and partnerships.
Each year the Spectrum Awards challenges designers to get creative with colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Since its launch in 1984, the Spectrum Awards have set trends, increased visibility for designers, and inspired great innovation in the use of color and materials.
This year marked the largest number of entries (nearly 500) to date for the competition, which is always an amazing opportunity for recognition within the industry, as well as amongst consumers. The Spectrum Awards are always packed with media looking to cover the latest in fashion and color trends. AGTA also partners with celebrities, such as actress Morena Baccarin. Recently named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by Esquire magazine, she will promote the world of color and the Spectrum Awards.
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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.
View past MJSA Online Design Challenges here:
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 YourEngagement101.com 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!