American Gem Society (AGS) member, Harry Kotlar, has a lot to celebrate as 2019 comes to a close.
Harry Kotlar was honored to have award-winning, country-western superstar and Oklahoma native, Carrie Underwood, debut their Heart of Oklahoma ring at the 2019 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.
Carrie Underwood (center) wears the Heart of Oklahoma yellow diamond ring at the CMA Awards. Pictured beside Ms. Underwood are award-winning performers, Reba McEntire (left) and Dolly Parton (right).
The 18.92 carat Heart of Oklahoma, a flawless, fancy intense yellow diamond, was commissioned by BC Clark Jewelers, located in Oklahoma City, to showcase the heritage of Oklahoma. The yellow diamond symbolizes the intense and colorful sunsets that stretch for miles over the Oklahoma plains.
Next, this piece of fine diamond jewelry made its way from the CMA Awards to BC Clark Jewelers for the official, invitation-only unveiling. Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the design process of the stunning ring, as well as the chance to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar illustrator on site.
Heart of Oklahoma yellow diamond ring, by Harry Kotlar.
BC Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Heart of Oklahoma Diamond Event at BC Clark Jewelers.
The Heart of Oklahoma ring on display at BC Clark Jewelers.
A guest gets a closer look at the Heart of Oklahoma.
Harry Kotlar illustrator, Nova Williams, helps guests design their masterpiece.
The Pantone Institute of Color is ready to look to the future, and recently announced their color of the year for 2020.
Classic Blue (19-4052) is a primary color that Pantone says is reminiscent of the sky at dusk.
The hue is deserving of the title “classic” as it is a shade of blue that is the quintessential blue color, unmarred by undercurrents of violet or green. It is a little lighter than navy, but not as saturated as cobalt.
Blue is a favorite color for many people and has always been associated with feelings of calm and serenity. It is also a color of loyalty, intellect, and thoughtfulness.
The sky and the ocean, the truest embodiments of the blue we see in the natural world, remind us that possibilities are endless, and to slow down and enjoy life.
Pantone seems to agree, stating that this is a stable, dependable hue. A foundation for stepping into a new year.
Blue pigments and dyes can be difficult to create, leading to patience and time-tested methods to produce the finest of colors.
In many ancient cultures, blue coloring for clothes and paint was made using crushed gemstones such as lapis lazuli and azurite. Due to the nature of materials needed, and the skill in which it took to craft these pigments, blue was often a color reserved for those of high status.
As for gemstones, the first stone to come to mind with this steady blue hue would be blue sapphire; the purest example of sapphire, with just the right amount of darkness to make it rich in color.
Sapphire and diamond ring by Omi Privé.
Blue sapphires are deserving of the title “classic” as well, having been the premier blue gemstone since antiquity. Symbolically, sapphires are said to be a stone of truth, faithfulness, and sincerity, reflecting the principals of Pantone’s color for 2020 very well.
Lapis lazuli and London blue topaz, although darker, are complementary colors sharing similar traits.
Lapis lazuli “Pompei” pendant, by Lika Behar Collection.
“Gossip” London blue topaz and diamond bracelet, by Goshwara.
Classic Blue pairs well with yellow and white metals, leading to a fine example of the two-tone trends already seen in the jewelry industry. The blue color is definitive enough to lead to many design choices and could be accented by warm or other cool tone gemstones.
The possibilities of this color in fashion are endless, as are the possibilities in this new decade we step into.
Blue is a color that calms and stimulates the mind. This appealing shade furthers this notion by providing a standard hue that everyone can relish.
It is bold without being overpowering, subtle without being lost, and enhances other colors without overshadowing them.
Classic Blue is sure to cause a bit of nostalgia in some, and hopefully a splash of new ideas and creative endeavors in all.
2020 is right around the corner.
The start of a new decade.
The start of the future.
Take a deep breath, grasp that Classic Blue vibe and step into your tomorrow.
Jewelry images by American Gem Society (AGS) members. Visit ags.org/findajeweler to find an AGS jeweler near you.
Isabelle Corvin is an AGS Certified Gemologist (CG) who is the Staff Gemologist at Panowicz Jewelers. Since she was 14-years-old, she knew she wanted to be a gemologist. Ms. Corvin also writes for Panowicz Jewelers’ blog.
Sleighbells ring, are you listening? December’s birthstone, pretty and glistening A beautiful sight Blue tanzanite Sparkling in a winter wonderland
Tanzanite is the primary birthstone for December, along with zircon and turquoise. Found only in Tanzania, it is also the gemstone for a 24th wedding anniversary. If you’ve made it to 24 years of marriage, you definitely deserve the gift of tanzanite!
If it’s not your birthstone or an anniversary gift, tanzanite still makes a perfect present for the holidays. Being blue never looked so good.
“Empress” bi-color tanzanite bracelet, by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers
Tanzanite and diamond “Burst” ring, by NEI Group.
Tanzanite and diamond earrings, by Yael Designs.
“Fireball” tanzanite, freshwater pearl, and diamond necklace, by Mastoloni.
“Interlace” bi-color tanzanite ring, by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers.