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Omi Privé’s Hauyne Jewellery is a revelation JCK Las Vegas


Ring in platinum with 10.64 ct. oval cabochon moonstone, 0.07 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, 0.37 ct. t.w. hauyne, and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $25,000; Omi Privé


While tourmaline was undoubtedly the hot stone on the exhibit floor of JCK, the Las Vegas jewellery show wasn’t without its surprises.


One of the most exciting surprises came with a visit to the Omi Privé booth at the Luxury by JCK show. It was haunye. One of the major mineral constituents of lapis lazuli, haüyne is rarely found and faceted as a distinct gemstone. Collectors prize its beautiful, deep blue color, although it can also occur in other hues. One of the major mineral constituents of lapis lazuli, haüyne is rarely found and faceted as a distinct gemstone.


Hauyne, a rare mineral that’s even rarer faceted (Germany is the only source for fine faceted hauyne, according to Omi Privé’s Niveet Nagpal). A member of the sodalite group of minerals, hauyne forms in volcanic magma chambers and is only found in volcanic rock that erupted tens of thousands of years ago. Noted for its color, the mineral generally has perfect cleavage and brittleness—which means it’s a pain in the neck to facet, and therefore not often seen in jewellery.


Given its current niche status—and rarity—hauyne doesn’t seem likely to be making major appearances across the board. But perhaps we can look to Omi for more of its stellar creations using that out-of-this-world blue.



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