Monday, 27 February 2017
Friday, 24 February 2017
|The Omi Gems family dates back five generations to Burma. Decades of wars and close escapes from political unrest followed. With a handful of gems, a brilliant outlook, and a clear mindset, Omi Nagpal and his wife, Preeti, came to the United States. There, they founded and built a loose gemstone house that over time became synonymous with the world’s most valuable jewels.|
|Now, the Los Angeles-based company is lead by their son Niveet. As head designer, Niveet has continued the family’s reputation and high integrity through the Omi Privé fine jewelry collection.|
Thursday, 23 February 2017
|Ammolite is an opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral that makes up nacreous pearls. |
It is one of the few biogenic gemstones; others include amber, pearl and coral.
|The ammonites that form ammolite inhabited a prehistoric, inland subtropical sea that bordered the Rocky Mountains. This area is known today as the Cretaceous or Western Interior Seaway. As the seas receded, the ammonites were buried by layers of bentonite sediment.|
This sediment preserved the aragonite of their shelled remains, preventing it from converting to calcite.
|An iridescent opal-like play of colour is shown in fine specimens, mostly in shades of green and red although all the spectral colors are possible. |
Iridescence is due to the microstructure of the aragonite: unlike most other gems, whose colors come from light absorption, the iridescent color of ammolite comes from interference with the light that rebounds from stacked layers of thin platelets that make up the aragonite.
|The thicker the layers, the more reds and greens are produced; the thinner the layers, the more blues and violets.|
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Chandelier Earrings with Diamonds & Pink Spinels
|British jewelry label David Morris has just opened its first French store, just a stone’s throw from Place Vendôme in Paris.
David Morris is a British luxury jeweller famed for designing, crafting and selling fine jewellery and watches. It was founded in 1962 by David Morris and remains family owned.
Heart-shaped ruby ring with diamonds
Monday, 20 February 2017
A fragrance box with gold chain. It is decorated with four sapphires, five rubies and one turquoise.
Gold hairpin is decorated with a mix of sapphires and rubies.
Two gold hairpins with sapphires, rubies, crystal, turquoise and one cat’s eye stone.
|This June at Guernsey’s auction house in New York, a collection of extraordinary star rubies – described by experts as potentially the best in the world – will go under the hammer. Weighing a combined 342 carats, the Mountain Star Ruby Collection consists of four one-of-a-kind gems.|
The most impressive ruby in the collection is the 139.43 carat 'Appalachian Star'. It weighs just over a carat more than the 138-carat Rosser Reeves Star Ruby on display at the Smithsonian. The Mountain Star Ruby collection is even more unusual because the gems were found in Appalachia, North Carolina. The finder was a humble local man and self-confessed “rock hound”. He made the discovery in 1990 on one of his regular searches for rare and unusual stones. He passed away shortly after his find of a lifetime.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
|James de Givenchy moved to New York in the early 1980s. After getting a degree in Fine Arts from Manhattanville College and an associate degree in graphic design from F.I.T. in New York City he joined Christie's auction house where he ultimately ran the West Coast Jewelry Department in Los Angeles between 1991 and 1994. |
He left the auction world to work for the jewelry house of Verdura and then started his own jewelry concern in Manhattan in 1996.
|James Taffin de Givenchy, designing under the name Taffin, has become one of the most sought-after jewelry designers.|