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It isn’t everyday that you get treated to seeing—and slipping on—some of the world’s most gorgeous gemstone jewelry. But when we stopped by the Takat booth at the fall JA Show at the Javit’s center, Sarah Nahikian, the company’s sales and brand manager, invited us behind the “velvet rope” to see their latest creations. Bonus: Sarah, a certified gemologist, also gave us the inside scoop on some of the innovative cuts and special design details that have become synonymous with Takat, which specializes in the manufacture of diamond and precious gemstone jewelry. We thought you’d like to get the inside scoop so you can become a gemstone genius too. —Sue Perry

 

360 design details

Takat is known for its breathtaking designs and attention to detail; the pieces are actually meant to be admired from every possible angle. As we held up earrings and slipped on rings, we could see that the backs, sides and undersides of every item were nearly as beautiful as viewed from the front. In addition, you will find built-in surprises, like a small sparkly diamond finishing the bottom of an earring—that only the wearer will know is there.

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For versatility, all Takat earrings are clip-ons, but a post for pierced ears is discretely concealed in the earring back.

 

 

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Beyond the center stone, this ring makes a dazzling statement on all sides.

 

Spectacular cuts

The stones are big—for sure. And each one is expertly cut to show the gemstones off to the most spectacular effect. For example, when a tray of shimmering emerald earrings was brought out, we could see classic emerald cuts as well as the more unusual sugarloaf, which comes to a rounded point at the top, like a mountain. The polished surface makes it possible to see deeper into the stone. When we asked Sarah why we don’t usually see emeralds cut in this conical shape, she told us that emeralds can be tricky to cut because of the many inclusions (sometimes called fissures in the trade); the shallower emerald cut minimizes breakage to the stone.

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The sugarloaf cut, above right, makes it possible to see deeper into the stone.

 

 

 

 

 

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We were also dazzled by deep, rich purple tanzanite rings in both emerald and sugarloaf cuts—and amazed at how many colors we could see in the stones. Sarah called them polychromatic and we could actually see the red, blue and purple tones in the stones as we held them to the light.

 

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Another thing we learned about tanzanite: It looks nothing like the gorgeous gems shown above when it comes out of the ground. In its raw state, it’s usually brown and heat-treated to bring out the purple color. But the stone in the ring shown above came out of the ground looking that way. Sarah speculates that the earth where it was found was hit by lightening at one time, warming the stone to it’s purple-producing potential.

 

 

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Marquise or navette—it’s the same
elongated cut.

 

 

 

 

We were also taken with what looks to be a comeback for football-shaped marquise cut stones. It’s an especially great choice for diamonds because the elongated shape makes a stone look bigger and the wearer’s finger look slimmer. But other stones can be cut into the shape, which Sarah says is going by another name these days: navette (French for “little boat”). We’re happy to see such a pretty cut making a return, but we’ll reserve judgment to see which term sticks.