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Jewellery News Asia – April 2013

Lush and green! You can sport 2013’s Color of the Year with a variety of colored stones, including; tsavorite garnet, green sapphire, green tourmaline, peridot and our favorite, alexandrite!

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Omi Privé Tsavorite Ring Named “Best Platinum” Design in the 2013 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards

Omi Privé Also Named Grand Prize Winner of
First W Magazine Readers’ Choice Award

(Los Angeles, CA—April 2013) Omi Privé’s tsavorite and diamond platinum ring design has been named the “Best Platinum over $10,000” in the Sixth Annual JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards. Hailed as the industry’s highest honor, the Jewelers’ Choice Awards, presented by JCK Magazine, honor excellence in jewelry design and craftsmanship in a variety of categories. Voting is held online through JCK’s web site, where all retail jewelers cast votes for their favorites over a three-month duration. Omi Privé’s pink sapphire and diamond 3-stone rose gold ring was also recognized as a finalist in the category of “Best Bridal $5,001-$10,000.”

The winning tsavorite ring is handcrafted in platinum, and was designed specifically for the center 7.10 carat cushion-cut tsavorite garnet. It is accented with 0.85 carats of brilliant round diamonds. Niveet Nagpal, head designer and President of Omi Privé, describes the gemstone as the inspiration for the piece, “This tsavorite emanates a multitude of hues like few garnets we have seen.  It is rare in size, color and brilliance. We sought to create a ring design as unique as its mint-green color, but that would not overshadow the rarity and beauty of the stone itself.”

This year also marks the start of a unique consumer award that was organized to honor Jewelers’ Choice finalists. After voting concluded for the Jewelers’ Choice Awards, JCK submitted the top 10 “jewelers’ favorites” to W Magazine for further participation in the W Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. W Magazine readers voted, and selected Omi Privé’s platinum tsavorite ring as the winner.

“It is an honor that the 7.10 carat tsavorite ring has been acclaimed amongst our industry’s top jewelers. We were especially humbled when it was also chosen by the readers of W Magazine. We are thrilled that this rare gemstone can now be showcased as an Omi Privé winner!” remarks Nagpal.

The Omi Privé fine jewelry collection can be viewed online at or in person at JCK’s Prestige Promenade Salon 37! Please call us at 877.OMI.GEMS to schedule your personal appointment time.

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MJSA Journal – April 2013

Alexandrite was extremely popular at this year’s AGTA GemFair, highly valued for its rarity and unique color-change.


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Enjoy the Rose without the Thorns!

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

A great amount of time has elapsed since my last entry; however, this is due to a hectic (and exciting) start of the year! From aiding in the selection of loose gemstones at the AGTA Gem Fair in Tucson to contemplating new design ideas with our head designer, Niveet Nagpal, I have enjoyed every minute of placing up-and-coming pieces into Privé production!  While I cannot wait to reveal all of the exciting additions to the line in the next few months, for now, I would like to address a subject that is definitely noticeable in the fashion – and retail – sector: the reemergence of rose gold.

It is true that mixed metals has been an ongoing trend, represented in all facets of the jewelry industry – from costume to couture. Whether worn alone, or used with other tones of gold in mixed-metal pieces, rose gold has certainly carried a strong presence into 2013. In the last nine months, the industry has seen the reentry of this tinted metal that has conveniently managed to subside over the decades, but has definitively resurfaced.

Rose gold first gained popularity in the beginning of the nineteenth century in Russia, and was earmarked at the time as Russian Gold.  It became popular in the United States in the 1920’s. With the use of copper as the main alloy, this gold mixture gained its name from the pink hue it emanates.

Like most women, I love rose gold. There is a warm quality about the metal tone that makes it different enough to be unique, but still valuable and classic enough to withstand capsizing trends.  It is perfect for today’s high jewelry consumer, who seeks individuality without compromise of quality.

Omi Privé customers epitomize this. Many new pieces in the Omi Privé collection have been designed entirely in 18K rose gold, as it ideally compliments pink and orange gemstones, from fancy colored sapphire and spinel to fine rubellite or spessartite garnet.

A recent piece that received noticeable attention at the AGTA Gem Fair is this 18K rose gold French-pavé ring. While simple in its design, the rose gold setting provides the precise rendition of color to highlight the stunning 3.56 carat orangey-yellow sapphire center.

We are also excited to reveal several Omi Privé “Signature” designs with pink sapphire centers. The staple “Signature 1” ring in 18KR offers the idyllic setting to highlight a round pink sapphire.
Notably, the Omi Privé “Signature 6” ring in rose gold has entertained great acclaim as a finalist in the 2013 Jewelers’ Choice Awards. This design has been so popular, we have had a difficult time keeping one in stock!

Rose gold can also be spotted as an accent metal in several Omi Privé fine Platinum pieces. Check out the inner pavé-set halo and basket in this stunning Platinum ring, which flawlessly surrounds the 3.14 carat radiant-cut pink sapphire center.
Lastly, one of my personal favorites is this Omi Privé stunner, which includes an 18K rose gold border that truly makes the 15.16-carat cushion-cut rubellite center pop! The epitome of a showstopper, this ring absolutely portrays the use of rose gold in all of its refined and timeless style.

To choose your own Omi Privé rose gold design, please contact one of our Authorized Retailers for pricing and information.

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JCK Magazine – March 2013

Omi Prive’s tsavorite and platinum ring design won both the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards in the Platinum category as well as the W Magazine Readers Choice award!

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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 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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2013 Oscars Boast Colorful Jewels and Gowns!

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!

Sadie Alexandru, on screen known as the sassy secretary, Scarlett, from AMC’s Emmy Award Winning show ““Mad Men,” complimented the red carpet with her sapphire and diamond Omi Privé suite.

Best known for her roll as “Scarlett” on “Mad Men,” Sadie Alexandru accompanied her sparkling dress and smile with an Omi Privé sapphire and diamond ring, bracelet and earrings.

Sadie wears Omi Privé’s sapphire and diamond bracelet featuring 10.64 carats of round sapphires accented by 7.47 carats of brilliant round diamonds. Additionally, this Omi Privé sapphire ring stunner features a 7.51 carat oval center surrounded by 1.19 carats of sparkling round diamonds.

Sadie’s Omi Privé earrings are handcrafted with two pear shaped sapphires totaling 8.04 carats cradled by 1.17 carats of diamonds.

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.

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The Wedding Ring Book – Spring 2013

Classic color for a contemporary wedding!

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InStore Magazine – February 2013

Perfect for February this pop of ruby red will win the heart of your Valentine!

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Why Spectrum is so Spectacular!

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.

Here I am with AGTA’s Douglas Hucker, Adam Graham and the most beautiful of the bunch, Morena Baccarin.


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