Professional Jeweler Archive: Rainbow Palette

July 2004

Gemstones/New Products


Rainbow Palette

Colored gemstones show off Mother Nature's versatility


Color captures the vitality and freshness of nature. Citrine sunflowers burst with energy. Drops of seafoam tourmaline suggest a karat-gold starfish just reached shore. And an abalone shell on legs creates a fanciful turtle, ready to run a slow race across your customer’s shoulder. These are just a few examples showing how designers are getting back to nature.

Other popular gems in nature-themed jewelry include pink sapphires (a hot color right now as well as being well-represented in nature’s flowers) and lemon citrine, says Robert Bruce Bielka of Bielka Inc., New York City. Colored gemstone brooches, often with nature themes, are featured in fashion magazines complementing the dressier, ladylike apparel slated for fall and winter. Be sure to stock some so you’re ready.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Double-sided sunflower bracelets feature hand-engraved 18k petals and lemon citrines ($2,360 suggested retail) or blue topaz ($2,700).

Bielka Inc., New York City; (212) 980-6841, fax (212) 980-6852.

Textured starfish pin/pendant is crafted in 22k gold with a platinum pin and is set with a 3.31-ct. seafoam tourmaline center and 6.05 carats of smaller tourmalines in a fade pattern. Suggested retail, $15,000.

Designs by Rita Hyams, San Anselmo, CA; (415) 948-3573, fax (415) 492-0466.

4mm tanzanite and 0.08 carat of diamonds form a flower on this 18k white gold necklace. Suggested retail, $740.

Amy L. Levine Designs, Larchmont, NY; (914) 833-8333, fax (914) 833-8666.

Turtle carries an abalone shell. The brooch is adorned with 10.55 carats of blue sapphires and 2.33 carats of diamonds. Suggested retail, $22,000.

Ellagem, New York City; (212) 398-0101.

Oval amethyst, citrine, peridot and garnet are set in a floral pattern that totals an average 27.90 carats.

Jaco Import Corp., New York City; (212) 398-9220, fax (212) 382-3915.

A carved pink tourmaline squirrel guards an acorn with 0.19 carat of diamonds while sitting on an 18k gold branch with a leaf featuring 0.18 carat of green diamonds. Suggested retail, $5,400.

Gumuchian Fils, New York City; (800) 223-0774 or (212) 593-9888.

14k gold ring with a 2.11-ct. brilliant-cut iolite is $750 suggested retail.

Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, MI; (231) 334-3826, fax (231) 334-3535.

Butterfly pendant is created from a blue topaz and amethyst in 10k gold embellished with 12k rose and green gold leaves. Suggested retail, $145.

Coleman Black Hills Gold Jewelry, Rapid City, SD; (800) 874-9926, fax (888) 394-3752.

A 2.72-ct. tanzanite and 0.53 carat of diamonds top this 20k gold ring with a vine-pattern shank.

Zurik Collection, Rockwall, TX; (972) 772-6928, fax (214) 505-4139.

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