Cats, Colors, Carats: 8 New Jewels From Oscar Heyman

On some level you know what you’re going to get at an Oscar Heyman press preview: an edited but completely staggering selection of the highest-quality colored stones in beguiling platinum and diamond settings.

On another you don’t. For example, today, while I was casually chatting with third-generation company partner Tom Heyman in one of the jeweler’s Madison Avenue meeting rooms, he started rifling in his pocket and then pulled out a Hall’s cough drop. Just kidding—it was actually the most vivid butterscotch-yellow Asscher-cut diamond, which has not yet found a home. Not huge—it was maybe about the size of a peanut M&M—but its sunshine-colored sparkle was a marvel just the same. And the few of us who got to palm and paw it knew we were getting a rare treat.

As for the official product menu, several enticing options presented themselves. I was particularly enchanted with the brooch pictured above, which is a redo of a custom design for a client who commissioned the piece once upon a time, complete with a photo of his kitties snuggled up together just so as a reference point.

Here in New York, today’s a great day to warm up to the idea of cats snoozing on your lap—make that lean, long-limbed cats clad in 18k yellow gold and diamonds with a pair of emerald eyes each. The seven other Oscar Heyman jewels that caught my eye aren’t too tabby, either.

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Oscar Heyman opal and diamond ring
Ring with 13.28 cts. t.w. oval black opal and 3.96 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum
Oscar Heyman diamond ballerina ring
Ballerina ring with 2.52 ct. trillion center stone and 3.7 cts. t.w. tapered baguette diamonds in platinum
Oscar Heyman fancy shape diamond bracelet
Bracelet with 53.61 cts. t.w. multi-shape fancy colored diamonds in 18k yellow gold and platinum
Oscar Heyman star ruby and diamond ring
Ring with 6.42-ct. oval star ruby and 2.29 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum
Oscar Heyman invisibly set blue sapphire ring and rendering
Ring with 1.52-ct. emerald-cut diamond center stone and 13.72 cts. t.w. invisibly set sapphires in platinum (shown with original design rendering from the 1970s)
Oscar Heyman heart shape rubellite ring
Ring with 16.65 ct. heart-shape rubellite in 18k yellow gold and platinum
Oscar Heyman imperial topaz ring
Ring with elongated oval 11.98 ct. imperial topaz and 1.88 cts. t.w. tsavorite in 18k yellow gold and platinum


Top: Cat brooch with 3.18 cts. t.w. diamonds and 0.03 ct. t.w. emeralds in 18k yellow gold and platinum

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