Gemfields see Red
Having built its reputation on Zambian emeralds, Gemfields Plc, the London-based colored stone miner, is seeing red—for rubies.
The company has set its sights on Mozambique, where it owns a majority stake in a mine that it hopes could supply up to a fifth of global ruby demand, according to a report in Bloomberg.
In 2012, the miner acquired a 75 percent stake in Montepuez Ruby Mining in northern Mozambique, a 131-square-mile concession considered the largest ruby-mining concession in private hands in the world today, according to a Gemfields statement.
CEO Ian Harebottle told Bloomberg that the company plans to more than double the mine’s monthly ruby production to 2.5 million carats by July.
2014 is the year of the Horse
ay goodbye to the Snake: The year of the Horse begins on Jan. 31, 2014, according to the the Chinese Zodiac. Expect plenty of the traditional equine sightings, but as opposed to last year’s snake, the horse can be interpreted in many ways in terms of fashion—based not only on the animal itself. Aside from the horse silhouettes and flowing depictions of a wild horse’s mane—beautiful in its own right—we can also play with equestrian equipment: horseshoes, bits, saddles, and riding boots. Sophisticated and rich, dressage fashion comes in and out of popularity but never out of style. So to jump-start the Chinese New Year, here are five horse-related jewels for 2014.
Colour of the year 2014: Radiant Orchid
Pantone's Radiant Orchid is the 2014 colour of the Year
Carlstadt, N.J.–based Pantone colour Institute has just announced its 2014 colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid.
Pantone's colour No. 18-3224 “blooms with confidence and warmth” and is “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” according to the company.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, told the media this morning that while Emerald, last year’s choice, “served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.… Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality…inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.”
Radiant Orchid appeared in the spring 2014 runway shows of Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture, and Yoana Baraschi for its “rosy undertones that radiate on the skin,” stated Pantone in a release. The colour will be important to fine jewelers because they need to know how to help consumers wearing Radiant Orchid–coloured clothes effectively colour-block their jewellery and accessories.
Previous colours of the Year:
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)