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Sunny Beryls with Sunglasses

Sunny Beryls with Sunglasses

Summer is here! Time to be out again and enjoying the sun. Has there ever been a color that felt as right and as liberating than a luscious yellow? Bright bold yellow like the summer sun. Finally, we are over and done with our sweatpants and dress up again. And look beautiful! How about some white leather shoes, a gorgeous blue dress or spectacular blue trousers paired with yellow beryl earrings? An eye-catcher full of lifelines, shining bright and carefree like summer itself. Sunny beryls with sunglasses. And from somewhere in the distant George Gershwin’s immortal melody:

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry.

Foto: Isaline Arnoldi
Text: Christine Matter

Pear-shape Beryls on Helmut Newton´s Woman in Pantsuit

Pear-shape Beryls on Helmut Newton´s Woman in Pantsuit

“I am a professional voyeur,” as photographer Helmut Newton once said. We immediately think of his legendary portraits of women. But he also depicted jewelry in an extremely spectacular way. There is, for example, a photograph of Liz Taylor posing in a swimming pool, wearing an uber-luxurious diamond and gemstone necklace. In a controversial picture for Vogue, he presented expensive Bulgary gemstone jewelry on a roasted chicken.

Putting provocation aside, we favored placing our freshly cut pear-shape beryls on one of Helmut Newton’s most famous women. The one in the pantsuit smoking a cigarette, with that thoughtful and cool expression. Our vintage-cut beryls match the mood perfectly. They are bold and prominent but at the same time exude a comfortably casual nonchalance.

Let’s imagine these vintage beryls on a beautiful, strong woman. Now we only need an observer to capture the moment and maybe even make it last for a while. We need an audience who delights in the beautiful, absorbs the vibrations of the colors and enjoys the moment.


Text: Christine Matter
Photo: Isaline Arnoldi


Dream vacation for the hand wrist

Dream vacation for the hand wrist

One glance at this Paraiba bracelet is enough and you will immediately feel its magical effect: it is an instant escape and a journey. Before you even know it, you daydream about a Caribbean beach or the Gulf of Naples.
No other colored gemstone has enjoyed such continued storms of enthusiasm over the last three decades like the Paraiba tourmaline. Paraiba is the trend stone of our time. It has risen up to the top class, belonging to the crème de la crème of colored gemstones. The enormous fascination and popularity comes from its unusually bold color palette. The nuances range from neon blue tones and electric turquoise to bright text marker greens.

Someday, the Paraiba ensemble on this picture will be crafted into a unique, unequalled, unrivaled piece of jewelry, into a piece of art and a treasure. Into a treasure that triggers our imagination and brings a smile to our face. A dream vacation for the hand wrist. A dream, clearly visible, to carry with you. Vacations you can touch.

Text: Christine Matter
Photo: Isaline Arnoldi

Spinel

Spinel

– the incredible imposter of gemstone history

Spinels form their own gemstone family but have a long history of masquerading as rubies. To state one prominent example, the world-famous center stone “Black Prince’s Ruby” in the English state crown was believed to be a ruby for several centuries, whereas in fact it is a red spinel. It was not until the 19th century that spinel was recognized as an independent mineral and the distinction between spinel and ruby gave birth to the science of gemology. Whilst the finest spinels still do not reach the prices of finest rubies, they are precious and valuable gemstones. Spinels have been gaining tremendous popularity over the past years – for good reason: With a Mohs hardness of 8, spinels are tough and durable in jewelry. They have excellent brilliance and spectacular liveliness. They exist in rich and bright colors such as vivid red, electric pink and cobalt blue; softer tones are lavender and elegant silver-gray shades.

Here are our favorites to melt away – in vibrant raspberry red.


Why cognac-colored tourmalines are just right now!

Why cognac-colored tourmalines are just right now!

Take a look at the colors of international catwalks or high street collections of fashion brands and you will instantly realize: 2021 is all about natural tones. This does not come as a surprise, given that Pantone’s Color of the Year often sets the tone for the consumers. This year’s trend colors are “Ultimate Gray” and “Illuminating” yellow. The light gray color reminds of stones and rocks – thus embodies all things solid, everlasting, anchoring and familiar. Light gray also stands for the quiet comfort of boring jogging pants, concrete and everyday life. Thankfully, light grey is united with a friendly and vibrant yellow tone. This yellow vivacity conveys hope and the warming and optimistic spring sunshine. We are all in need of such an uplifting effect!

The coppery cognac color has a similarly cheerful and encouraging influence on us. The earthy shade between orange, brown, pink and yellow is reminiscent of nature and nativeness. We also get that enlightening color moment here: The calm, grounded color impression is uplifted thanks to the powerful color of orange. This interplay of different shades of colors attracts attention – but only, as the viewer takes a closer look. The cognac-colored tourmalines unfold their charm at a second glance. The tourmalines reflect warmth and a grounded, pure and healthy zest for life.

HC Arnoldi on YouTube!

HC Arnoldi on YouTube!

For every gemstone fan out there – and for all those who wish to become one: we are now on YouTube!

On this channel we publish short videos about the fascinating world of gemstones. We give insights into our in-house gemstone cutting workshop and our sometimes not-so-ordinary office life. If you are interested in gemstone knowledge, gemstone production and background information on purchasing, production and sales, you’ve come to the right place!

We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for beautiful gemstones with you!

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Colorful Winter Wonderland

Colorful Winter Wonderland

Have you ever looked at a snowy landscape through a gemstone?

It’s a neat experience to challenge your perception a little bit. Perhaps you know this special feeling when you see the first snow in winter, this unexpected atmosphere of stasis and uniformity:
All of a sudden everything looks white, bright and covered up. Because of the lack of color, we start perceiving shapes and silhouettes clearer than before, we even hear differently.

This is the right moment to bring in some color! An obvious thought of people who love colors as much as we do.
Why not take a look through a multicolored tourmaline and see how a snowy landscape in a color graduation from mint green to white rosé to pinkish red looks like.

Just contact us if you want to experience this too. We promise it chases the corona blues away!

Best wishes from all of us!

Best wishes from all of us!

„Each job is important, even the smallest one. No one should make the mistake of thinking that their work is superior to that of their employee. Everyone should work for the good of the whole.”

Robert Bosch, 1861-1942

 

Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year! Best wishes for 2021!

Your HC Arnoldi Team


2020 – a little review

2020 – a little review

In these challenging times we are all living through it is not always easy to keep our spirits up. Which is okay, we don’t want to ignore reality. But it is also good to always continue noticing, appreciating and anticipating the good things around us.

2020 has also brought us many highlights. We have been working in our new company building for exactly one year now. There is enough space for social distancing rules – timing couldn’t have been better! Fortunate we are also for our young trainees that have joined our team. We are also genuinely grateful for our new, curious customers who have reached out to us through social media from all over the world. Last but not least, we were very lucky to find an exceptionally beautiful lot of raw aquamarine stones. These aquamarine pairs are newly cut and our latest highlight from our workshop.

Christmas Special 2020

Christmas Special 2020

THIS YEAR EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT! Christmas is still coming. And faster than you think!
Every goldsmiths and jeweler knows the scenario: in the last weekends before Christmas people rush into the stores to find the perfect gift. Their search for a tasteful, individual piece of jewelry – preferably a matching set – turns into a challenging race against time. Especially the craft of creating perfectly matching gemstone pairs and sets is highly time-consuming. We wanted to give our customers a helping hand and already did the sorting and comparing job. Our finished ready-to-set gemstone sets allow our customers to concentrate on the essentials and focus on what they are known and loved for: Attractive and exceptional designs with recognition value. Unique, high-quality handcrafted pieces of jewelry that are made with heart and soul. Thoughtful, professional, customer-oriented service.

Our nicely selected gemstone sets can be found and purchased on GEMHYPE.COM. All the stones have been cut in-house at HC Arnoldi.

We wish you lots of happy, joyful and creative moments with this year’s Christmas Special.

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Christmas Special: Peridot Set

Christmas Special: Peridot Set

Friendly Norwegian Peridots in a Christmas set.
Our most outstanding Christmas Special of this year: the Norwegian Peridot gemstone set! It consists of six magnificent gemstones in different shapes and sizes that can be combined in various ways into perfectly matching ensembles. Do you fancy the marquise shaped gemstone to be worn as a ring or a pendant? Are you going to create simple round ear studs with a multi-piece pendant? Or extravagant two-piece earrings with an understated pendant? There are no limits to creativity!
But here’s the essential part – the stones! Norwegian Peridots are exceptionally brilliant and fresh in color. The green is a bright, lemony mint with less yellow compared to other sources. In addition to its soft and pleasant color, it’s the stone’s origin what makes it extremely attractive. The origin of gemstones is becoming increasingly important, thus being one of the only gemstones of European origin, they benefit highly from Norway’s friendly image. However, the mining activities and the production of rough in gemstone quality is extremely low and subject to fluctuations. It makes the Norwegian Peridot more precious and more valuable than those from other localities. A little insider to share: The rough we’ve cut for the sets originates from the well-kept treasury of the second generation Arnoldi ancestor! This makes the sets even more exclusive and the perfect Christmas gift.Are you ready for Christmas?

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FINALLY A GEM FAIR!

FINALLY A GEM FAIR!

Finally experience gemstones again! Cultivate personal relationships again, take stones in your hand and admire them in different light, see the latest cut gems and be inspired!

The INTERGEM Idar-Oberstein will take place from October 2 to 5, 2020 in the exhibition center in Idar-Oberstein. Of course, everything will take place under safe conditions and in compliance with the hygiene concept. We see our participation in the trade fair as a sign of cohesion and we are pleased about every visitor and customer we can welcome at our booth H1.207.

Now we would like to present one of our new highlights; an aquamarine, from Mozambique in antique cut (27,46 carat, 20,5×18,5mm).
For all Tourmaline lovers we have freshly cut Tourmalines in autumn tones. Of course we also have some specials like an extraordinary pair of copper tourmalines from Mozambique.

We wish all of us an enjoyable fair and look forward to meeting our customers in person again soon. At a distance, but no less warmly.

We stick together and remain strong together.

 


New! B2B-Onlineshop for gemstones

New! B2B-Onlineshop for gemstones

With the launch of the exclusive B2B online store GEMHYPE.COM, part of the HC Arnoldi gemstone collection is now available online. Isaline and Carl-Philip Arnoldi have created an ecommerce store for commercial customers of the jewelry . The product range has been selected especially to serve small and medium-sized jewelry manufacturers. The new shop allows a fast, convenient and easy gemstone shopping experience. Besides enjoying round-the-clock availability with a highly efficient ordering system, top priority lies on the consistent high quality of the gemstones. It is of utmost importance for the founders to offer the greatest possible transparency regarding the origin and treatment of the stones. All offered gemstones come from conflict-free countries and are responsibly traded. They are mostly cut and polished in-house in the region of Idar-Oberstein and are shipped in sustainable packaging. In addition, Isaline and Carl-Philip are happy to help their customers whenever they need it. This makes purchasing gemstones friendlier, more convenient and more sustainable.

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Aquamarine with a difference.

Aquamarine with a difference.

It is thanks to Megan Markle’s striking appearance on her wedding day in 2018 that we have been blessed with a new gemstone trend since then. The moment she was witnessed wearing Princess Diana’s legendary aquamarine ring on her finger, the gemstone trend of the years to come had been set. Right after her big day, it has all been about aquamarine, especially in a rectangular emerald cut shape, ideally in eight to ten carats, to be worn as a classic cocktail ring. Adorned with such a classic aquamarine ring, the dream to look and feel like royalty must have come true for many women all over the globe.  We would never have imagined in our wildest dreams that such valuable marketing could happen for us overnight – after all, HC Arnoldi is known for aquamarines and for classic cuts. We are certainly happy about this global aquamarine revival over the last years. However, we would also welcome a shift to bolder and more unconventional aquamarine shapes again. We think it is time to see more brave new cuttings like this from our workshop:

Here are two ice-blue aquamarine slices in a fancy cut, approx. 20x18mm, 31.22 carats in total, origin Madagascar.

Isn’t this pair the epitome of refreshing water, long summer days and carefree vacation activities? It’s exactly what we are missing now.


Cabochon Inspiration

Cabochon Inspiration

You are planning your next jewellery collection and you need some new ideas and inspiration?
Well, we have exactly what you need! Isaline Arnoldi designed colorful bracelets which are made out of Tourmaline-Cabochons. Isaline created two different Designs. One is a little bit more casual, the other one is with furthermore Cabochons assembled and looks more massive and flashy.

Both Cabochon-Bracelets attract attention because of the wonderful Tourmaline. Tourmalines are characterized by the wide color diversity, as you can see in the Bracelet. The different varieties of tourmaline are from dark green, light green up to an intense pink. Everything is included.

The Tourmalines are fresh from our cutting factory this week. They have a beautiful quality and impress many cabochon lovers with their different colours.

Workshop news

Workshop news

Small but nice: These adorable beryl pairs have just been cut and we love them! A pair of morganites (7.25cts) and a pair of yellow beryls (7.49cts) in cushion shape.

They are pretty and impressive without being attention-grabbing. We took the best African material and our cutter did an excellent job. The stones are bright and vivid, with lots of fire. It is the cut that makes them so special. They come in diamond cut, not in the usual star cut for colored stones. The diamond cut allows the facets on the bottom to run down in long lines from the girdle to the point culet, which contributes to the stone’s clear and sophisticated appearance. The square cushion shape was the most popular diamond shape until the early 20th century, when it was replaced by the round shape. We believe that the classic shape and cut are particularly suitable for the youthful and summery colors of our beryls.

Here is our reinterpretation of a big classic. Are you ready for summer?


You ask, we answer.

You ask, we answer.

Do I need a certificate for my gemstone?

The demand for gemstone certificates is higher than ever. This trend is closely related to the ongoing internationalization of gemstone business activities and the rise of online trading platforms. In addition, customers today have in general higher expectations regarding information about the origin and treatment of gemstones. In the early days of the gemological institutes, certificates were mainly issued for comparatively expensive stones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. It was not until the second half of the 20th century that exceptionally beautiful and large aquamarines, tourmalines and garnets were sporadically certified, being the exception amongst their “precious” counterparts. In the past twenty years, gemstone certification for colored stones of all kinds and sizes have gained significant importance, especially for the international market.

It is most important that the assessment of a gemstone’s identity is solely based on professional scientific analyses and laboratory procedures. Therefore it is key to choose an independent and neutral institution for gemstone certification. The most internationally renowned gemological laboratories include Gübelin and SSEF from Switzerland and GIA from the USA. The German Gemstone Research Foundation (DSEF) which is based in Idar-Oberstein has established itself as a recognized gemological laboratory in Germany.  For those of our gemstones whose beauty and rarity requires it, we have DSEF certificates issued right after final polishing. We also offer in-house authenticity or origin reports upon customer request. In our opinion, colored gemstone certification certainly continues to gain importance.
In addition, certificates will provide more detailed information in the future, as customers gradually want to understand the entire value and supply chain of their gemstone.

 

The fourth generation of gemstone experts

The fourth generation of gemstone experts

Enthusiastic and with a healthy down-to-earth attitude.

The Arnoldi family has a real fascination for gemstones. Carl Friedrich Arnoldi, a skilled gemstone cutter, established his company in 1919 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 100 years later, the fourth generation siblings Isaline and Carl-Philip Arnoldi have joined the business. They run the company together with their father Hubert Arnoldi. They bring creative ideas, curiosity and enthusiasm, paired with a healthy down-to-earth attitude.

The three entrepreneurs pay attention to sustainable development in the gemstone industry, focusing on the origin, but also the production standards of the gemstones. This is one important reason for the newly constructed company building in Kirschweiler near Idar-Oberstein. The company adheres to its business philosophy of regional production. After all, this is the best possible way to accompany the gemstones from mine to market.
One of the things that maintained the same for many years is the company’s highly specialized range of colored gemstones. It consists of top quality Beryls -especially Aquamarines-, Tourmalines, Garnets and Tanzanites.
Thus, when hearing the name “Arnoldi”, many customers automatically think of Aquamarines.
This kind of “brand awareness” is one of the company’s biggest achievements in 100 years of history. It is the fourth generation’s determination to maintain and improve it for the future.

Read more in the current issue of GZ (German edition): Goldschmiedezeitung 


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Since 1911, women across the world have been celebrating the International Women’s Day on March 8th. This day is very important and stands for the rights of women and the long way  – which isn’t over yet – into a world that stands for equality. 
We are very fortunate that our team now consists of more than 10 women. All areas of activity of the company are covered: from the processing of rough stones to finished gemstones through sales, organization and marketing.
We think the topic is very important! We are proud and happy to introduce you to some of our female colleagues.
#genderequality # iwd2020 #eachforequal

FACTS ABOUT THE NEW COMPANY BUILDING

FACTS ABOUT THE NEW COMPANY BUILDING

What does this mean to us?

  • More space for creative work, the development of new ideas and innovative concepts
  • Open and modern workspace in the cutting factory and bureau rooms
  • Room for new jobs
  • Working in an environment-friendly company: run with renewable energy and therefore reduction of CO2 emissions

What does this mean to our customers?

  • Pleasant working atmosphere in bright and spacious rooms
  • Easy access with good parking possibilities
  • Supporting the production of environment-friendly cut and polished gemstones
  • Good overview of our product variety thanks to the integrated showroom


The Aquamarine – since day one part of the tradition!

The Aquamarine – since day one part of the tradition!


The Arnoldi family grew up with the aquamarine. It is one of the first gemstones the founder Carl-Friedrich Arnoldi started cutting.
Since then we have been providing aquamarines in a big variety of shapes, shades of blue, sizes and always in the best quality that Mother Earth provides.

The picture on the left shows one of our masterpieces: a 43,57 carat santa maria color aquamarine.

Innovation tied with tradition.

Innovation tied with tradition.

2020 – moving into a new company building.

In the upcoming two months we are not only preparing for Christmas and the New Year, but a whole new chapter is about to begin for our gemstone cutting company. As a milestone in the 100-year-old company history – we are moving to our brand new building.
At the turn of the year, we are moving to Kirschweiler, which is not far from our previous location in Idar-Oberstein. The picture shows the current construction process of the building.

We already look forward to welcoming you to visit our new building in 2020 and are happy to present the gems in our new environment soon. Until then, we will keep you updated.

 


35. INTERGEM – Find us @ H1.207

35. INTERGEM – Find us @ H1.207

Upcoming Event 

Next week, this year’s Intergem takes place in the gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein. In addition to jewelery, gemstones are the focus of the show. As the last years, the Arnoldi family will be represented at the fair. The team of HC Arnoldi is pleased to present the range of aquamarine, tourmaline, beryl, tanzanite and many other unique gems. 

The Intergem is considered as of the industry hotspots to exchange and trade on the fascination of gemstone. Not only for the region, the fair is a highlight in the year. Besides the local visitors, there are many designers, goldsmiths, dealers and jewelers from all over the world. They are coming to have look at the latest products of partially local gemstone lapidaries, shopping and to find out about the latest trends in the gemstone industry.

We are glad to be part of the fair again and to welcome you at our stand H1.207.

 – the Team of HC Arnoldi



You haven´t got the chance to come to the Intergem?
HC Arnoldi participates in many other fairs worldwide.

Have a look: HC Arnoldi Fairs

 

Spinel

Spinel

What a beautiful 15 ct+ Spinel from Tanzania. Do you know that even the center stone of the British crown is a Spinel?


Paraiba

Paraiba

A beautiful, pure Paraiba cushion 18×14,5 with 20,24cts from Mozambique.

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Tsavorite

Tsavorite

A beautiful tsavorite-pair in round, from the Garnet family. The name of the Tsavorite comes from the Tsavo National Park in Kenya. In addition, it resembles the emerald in colour with its strong and lively green.

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline

Tourmalines are available in more than 50 different shades. This one has a light orange/red colour and is star-cut.

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine

A deep blue Aquamarine in Santa Maria colour, from the beryl family. (oval 24×16, 24,08cts, star-cut)


Construction project is taking shape

Construction project is taking shape

A lot has changed at our construction site in the last few months.
Meanwhile the lower area of our cutting manufactury has been finished.


Project started

Project started

During the next two year we are going to build a new Headquarter in Kirschweiler. The costruction just started two weeks ago and is supose to be finished next year.

Origin Tanzania: Mandarin Garnet

Origin Tanzania: Mandarin Garnet

The second gemstone is mandarin Garnet. In Tanzania you can find the most vivid orange but nearly all have black spots inside the crystal. For that reason most mandarin garnets are only used for cabouchons.

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Origin Tanzania variety Chrome Tourmaline

Origin Tanzania variety Chrome Tourmaline

This time we are going to show you what kind of fine gemstones we collect from Tanzania. The first ones are Chrome Tourmalines in a wonderful deep green.

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Royal Purple Garnet

Royal Purple Garnet

This type of garnet became popular between 2014 and 2015. For a garnet this purplish color was something new and even for the whole gemstone world there are not many stones with such an intense deep purple. The high refraction of a garnet on top makes an amazing and fascinating new Gemstone. The chemical structure of this garnet contains two well known garnets, Almandin and Rhodolite. HC Arnodldi e.K. is always open for something new and we are very happy to have some of this rare material.

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New garnet achievement

New garnet achievement

We recently bought two lots of wonderful garnets. The green garnet also known as tsavorite is from Tanzania and the purple garnet is from Mozambique also known as royal purple garnet.
The tsavorite pair is above 9 cts and the royal purple garnet is above 6 cts.

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Our Aquamarine History

Our Aquamarine History

Aquamarine, the reason why HC Arnoldi was founded. Arnoldi was founded 1919 and the first stone that we bought was an aquamarine.

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Whisky on the Rocks

Whisky on the Rocks

Do you want to join some whisky with morganite? Stay up to date and see our new arrivals here and on Instagram.

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