Ring in platinum with 10.64 carat oval cabochon moonstone, 0.07 carat total weight Paraiba tourmaline, 0.37 carat total weight hauyne, and 0.22 carat total weight diamonds, $25,000; Omi Privé.
While tourmaline was probably the most popular stone on the JCK exhibit floor, the Las Vegas jewellery show was not without surprises.
A visit to the Omi Privé exhibit at the Luxury by JCK event yielded one of the most thrilling revelations. Haunye was the name. Haüyne, a key mineral ingredient of lapis lazuli, is rare and faceted as a unique gemstone. Collectors appreciate its stunning deep blue colour, however it can also appear in different tints. Haüyne, a key mineral ingredient of lapis lazuli, is rare and faceted as a unique gemstone.
Hauyne, a rare mineral that is particularly uncommon when faceted (according to Omi Privé‘s Niveet Nagpal, Germany is the only source for good faceted hauyne). Hauyne, a mineral in the sodalite group, originates in volcanic magma chambers and is only found in volcanic rock that erupted tens of thousands of years ago. The mineral is known for its colour, but it also has perfect cleavage and brittleness, making it difficult to facet and hence rarely seen in jewellery.
Given its present niche status—and scarcity—hauyne doesn’t appear to be making a big comeback anytime soon. But perhaps we can look forward to more amazing Omi masterpieces in that out-of-this-world blue.