Beauty and Color Collide in Opals

By Donna Jolly, RJ
American Gem Society

Every now and then, we see a piece of jewelry that makes us just stop and go, “Oh wow!” It happens a lot to our team at the American Gem Society, but this ring (below)  from Omi Privé sent the decibel levels up a notch and “Oh wow, sounded more like “OH WOW!!!”

Beauty and Color Collide in Opals

This gorgeous 4.50 carat black opal is set in 18K yellow gold and surrounded by a halo of accent stones including diamonds, green tsavorite garnets, and pear-shape sapphires. The opal has an impressive array of color, with intense blues and greens. The gold setting works well with the hues in the opal and makes the colors pop even more. Not surprisingly, Omi Privé designed this piece specifically for this opal.

Omi Privé, who is a member of the American Gem Society, sent us this photo, which shows the ring next to the designer’s artistic rendering of the design. It’s an interesting photo, because it gives us a glimpse into how a designer thinks when he or she sets out to create a new piece of jewelry. It’s a mixture of art and engineering!

The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning “to see a change (of color).” Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. This stone from Omi Privé  shows off vivid blues and intense green, and it”s also a classic example of just how beautiful opals can be.

Or as we call it, “Oh Wow!”

Put a ring on it

By Donna Jolly, CSA
American Gem Society

You may think the holidays are over, but they aren’t. The most important romantic holiday of the year is just over a month away, and while it may seem too soon to plan, if you want to give your special someone an engagement ring for Valentine’s Day, then we need to get down to business.

First off, if you don’t already have a jeweler, you can find a professional one right here. These jewelers all have credentials from the American Gem Society, which means they have chosen to take their gemological education to the next level. These are jewelers who have to undergo annual re-certification, just as a CPA would. They are professionals who keep on top of trends, and most importantly, they adhere to a strict code of business ethics.

That’s the nitty gritty of buying an engagement ring. Shop with a professional, credentialed jeweler that you trust, and the rest is all fun—like the ring.

A romantic holiday deserves a romantic setting. I’m not talking about a candle-lit restaurant, but the actual ring setting. Here’s three great ones to chose from:

MaeVona always has romantic designs, and this round brilliant-cut solitaire is enough to make a Harlequin Romance heroin swoon. It’s accented with four round diamonds set in 18K white and rose gold.

MaeVona

MaeVona

Padparadscha Sapphire is very rare, very luxurious, and as romantic as a Keats poem. If you pop the question with this ring from Omi Prive and she doesn’t say “Yes,” take her to ER. Anyone woman with a pulse will love this one. The exquisite sapphire on its own is enough, but with diamonds down the side of ring, it’s divine.

Omi Prive

Omi Prive

Finally, there’s this pretty thing of a ring from ASHI Diamonds. A halo surrounding a center stone, diamond side baguettes—it is superfluous to say it’s a sparkling vision? Because it is.

ASHI  Diamonds

ASHI Diamonds

For more ideas, visit us on Facebook, and stay tuned to this blog. We are launching our 2nd annual Perfect Proposal Toolkit on January 31. You could win a $2,500 gift card to an American Gem Society jeweler!