Professional Jeweler Archive: Cool Down

June 2002

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Cool Down

Blue and green set the tone

Universal and traditional, blue and green gemstones are fashionable favorites. Mixed or single, they offer cool complements to haute couture. Be prepared to show a selection of both colors. Consider the cool blues of aquamarine, blue spinel, chalcedony, indicolite, iolite, iris agate, lapis lazuli, moonstone, opal, tanzanite, topaz, turquoise and zircon. Not only do these gemstones represent different shades of blue; they also satisfy varying budgets.

The same goes for consumers gravitating to green. Tempt them with options such as alexandrite, bloodstone, cat’s-eye, chrysoprase, demantoid, emerald, jadeite jade, nephrite jade, malachite, peridot, tourmaline, tsavorite or, once again, zircon.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

18k gold ring combines blue and green with the glitter of diamonds.

Alfieri & St. John, E. Northport, NY; (888) 768-4953, fax (631) 261-6379.

18k white gold ring features a 48-ct. oval tanzanite and 1.08 carats of round diamonds. Suggested retail, $55,000.

Hubert Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (866) HUBERTS or (213) 627-0234, fax (213) 627-0659.

14k gold ring has a 2.20-ct. green topaz and 0.12 carat of diamonds. Keystone, $725.

C. Priolo, Fairfax, CA; (800) 458-3764, fax (415) 459-1513.

Large 22k granulated clasp holds 20 strands of variegated green tourmaline faceted beads. Suggested retail, $9,400.

Laura Gibson Designs, Tucson, AZ; (520) 325-3686, fax (520) 325-3692,

Four-strand 22k gold and checkerboard-cut tourmaline bracelet is $7,400 suggested retail. Prices and colors vary.

Neshama Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (866) Neshama, fax (310) 446-6623.

18k white gold ring is set with an 8mm by 6mm oval aquamarine surrounded by 1.0 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,550.

Pacific Gem Cutters, a Division of Carl K. Gumpert, Los Angeles, CA; (213) 626-6531, fax (213) 627-4406.

From the Caribbean Blue collection, this 14k gold ring features opal inlay, a 1.0-ct. blue topaz and 0.16 carat of channel-set diamonds. Triple keystone, $1,050.

Idaho Opal & Gem Corp., Pocatello, ID; (800) 635-9800, fax (208) 233-0120.

18k white gold Sloppy Submarine bracelet is set with blue topaz, peridot, green tourmaline and aquamarine.

Tamara Comolli/KWM Exclusives Inc., New York City; (212) 398-8662.

Sea Fire pendant features a 13.46-ct. blue/green Andamooka opal doublet and 0.61 carat of diamonds in 18k gold. Suggested retail, $11,150.

Artelle Designs, Minneapolis, MN; (800) 936-3456.

18k gold pin/pendant and earrings feature turquoise-colored agate in a floral motif. The pin/pendant is centered with a 13-14mm white South Sea cultured pearl and is $2,700 keystone. The earrings are centered with 8-8.5mm round freshwater cultured pearls and are $2,100. All have diamond accents.

Mazza/Bartholomew Ltd., New York City; (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

18k gold ring has a blue topaz surrounded by blue sapphire with a diamond accent. Suggested retail, $1,500.

Cherie Dori, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (800) 226-8826 or (954) 741-0711.

Pendant and earrings feature iolite in sterling silver with 18k gold accents.

Joryel Vera for Dobbs-Boston, Gloucester, MA; (800) 23-DOBBS or (978) 283-0432, fax (978) 283-2209.

A band of princess-cut diamonds totaling 0.20 carat divides two 8mm-by-5mm half-moon iolites in this 14k ring. Suggested retail, $1,000.

Nancy B & Co., Culver City, CA; (800) 421-0464 or (310) 836-8842.

14k gold pendant is set with a 6.05-ct. emerald-cut indicolite tourmaline with 0.24 carats of diamonds and is $5,250 suggested retail. 14k gold ring has a 5.24-ct. emerald-cut indicolite tourmaline and 0.45 carat of princess-cut diamonds and is $6,150.

Avirom & Associates Inc., Boulder, CO; (800) 456-5958,

18k peach gold pendant holds a 4.97-ct. Phillip Becker-cut tourmaline and a 0.15-ct. sapphire in platinum. Suggested retail, $4,000.

John/Christine Designs, Middleton, WI; (608) 270-1011,,

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