Meet the Gem X Core


Lin Jamison

Founder of Gem X, Bespoke Jewelry Maker, Avid Collector
Born in Shanghai, Based in NYC
Gemstones of Choice: Pink stones of all types (diamonds, sapphires, morganite, rose quartz), jade, anything that changes colors
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Wedding rings, statement earrings (I love color), beaded kiddie creations
Dream Jewels: VCA Zipper Necklace - the ultimate in convertible jewels, Hemmerle iron & diamond bangle, JAR thread ring, Taffin ceramic jewels
Jewelry Heaven: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Place Vendôme, the Tucson Gem Show, all things Gem X


Heidi Garnett

Co-founder of Gem X, WSJ Jewelry Contributor, Dabbler in All Things Gems
Origins: Born in Philadelphia, Based in NYC & London
Gemstones of Choice: Tourmaline, lapis, emerald trapiches
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Engagement ring, silver link ring (that hasn't left my finger since I was 13) and dangly earrings (the longer the better)
Dream Jewels: Vintage Bvlgari Serpenti watch, emerald trapiche earrings (once I'm done making them)
Jewelry Heaven: V&A Museum, crown jewels (everywhere), gem shows


Lauren Addison

Founder of Lauren Addison Jewelry, Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Enthusiast
Origins: New York & Los Angeles
Gemstones of Choice: Blue Diamonds, Paraiba Tourmalines, Kashmir Sapphires
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Classic diamond pieces for every day mixed in with a good statement piece (or two).
Dream Jewels: JAR, Belperron & David Webb
Jewelry Heaven: Having full access to museums, auction houses and vintage collections, all of which sell and celebrate jewelry with a storied past. Think Sotheby’s sale of Marie Antoinette Jewels.


Stephanie Carendi

Gem X Core, Wearable Sculpture Sculptor
Origins: Born in Mexico City, raised in Bogota and Stockholm. Presently based in NYC
Gemstones of Choice: Any gems that inspire
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Prototypes I am working on. Giant Cano earrings
Dream Jewels: An early Dali piece, Lalique snake brooch, quivering Reza Cascade earrings
Jewelry Heaven: A jewelry bench, with time, & a new sketchbook plus a fresh block of wax


Julie Chang

Gemologist at Excalibur Jewelry, Gem X Core
Origins: LA/Chicago/London/NY/SF, full circle back to LA!
Gemstones of Choice: Juicy alexandrites, tourmalines and spinels
Favorite Jewels to Wear: My engagement ring and jade bangle - I seem to be solidly in the viridian color camp as of late!
Dream Jewels: The JAR Leek/Orange Peel brooches or a chunky antique diamond rivière. Currently in love with Leen Heyne and Nak Armstrong jewels.
Jewelry Heaven: Museum/jewelry archives and what I can only imagine is JAR's design sanctum.


Christine Cheng

Gallery Director at Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry
Origins: Born in Chicago, Based in NYC & Greenwich
Gemstones of Choice: Golconda diamonds, natural pearls, antique paste
Favorite Jewels to Wear: TIARAS!
Dream Jewels: Those yet to be come (in discovery or creation)
Jewelry Heaven: Albion Art Institute


Tefkros Christou

Head of Experience at Hemmerle
Origins: Born in Cyprus, based in London
Gemstones of Choice: Cabochon sapphires, blue spinels, cushion/ old-mine diamonds
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Two stacked rings that are almost never taken off, one with a baguette diamond set East-West.
Dream Jewels: Sterlé diamond brooch, a Mughal carved emerald, Hemmerle sapphire and aluminium cufflinks, a Boivin articulated brooch preferably with coloured stones and finally a Hellenistic period gold diadem/ laurel wreath (not to be worn but exhibited)
Jewelry Heaven: Discovering and handling unique jewels from around the world made throughout history from antiquity to contemporary creations by living jewellers. The Schatzkammer (Treasury) at the Munich Residenz housing the incredible Bavarian royal collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s jewellery gallery.

Gem X Core Member Dalia Daou

Dalia Daou

Designer & Owner of Daou Jewellery
Origins: Born in London, UK, based in London and the Netherlands
Gemstones of Choice: Captivating gems, especially Aquamarine, Ruby, Turquoise and magical Opals
Favorite Jewels to Wear: A statement ruby and opal ring, and my grandmother's gold bangle, with a couple of layered necklaces (I love both delicate and statement jewellery in combination for any occasion)
Dream Jewels: The bold, colorful jewels in the Bulgari archives, heritage 60s and 70s Daou pieces by my father, and the Queen's brooches  
Jewelry Heaven: Designs coming to life, exploring archives, the science of gems and jewels, and everything I learn through Gem X

Gem X Core member Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Jewelry Historian, Author, Press & Marketing Consultant for Fine Jewelry
Origins: Born in Massachusetts, lived in NYC, now mostly in The Berkshires
Gemstones of Choice: I love old rose-cut diamonds. I am drawn to things that are more unexpected or understated, like a lapis lazuli, rather than a large faceted stone.
Favorite Jewels to Wear: I have an Art Deco wedding ring that I picked out before I knew anything about jewelry, and my husband is a metalsmith and he made the matching band. I also have a number of rings that he made in rotation. I wear an Edwardian long guard chain and Sassanian seal ring. And I have a beautiful pair of Aldo Cipullo for Cartier clip earrings that are perfection.
Dream Jewels: So many to choose from. I love great Art Deco Cartier and Suzanne Belperron for their knock-out quality. I am drawn to Aldo Cipullo and Angela Cummings from the 1970s and 1980s for their color and wearability. Today I love the jewelry of both Chris Davies and Loren Nicole.  
Jewelry Heaven: I’m living it. I really could not have dreamed I would end up working with such wonderful jewelry every day.

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Levi Higgs

Decorative Arts and Jewelry Historian, Archivist at David Webb
Origins: Originally from Wyoming, studied in Seattle, and NYC resident
Gemstones of Choice: I love Kunzite because of its history, but also star sapphires
Favorite Jewels to Wear: I wear a David Webb twisted nail cuff every day, and for special occasions I will wear a small brooch on my lapel
Dream Jewels: A single powerful ring, or a micromosaic brooch from Castellani
Jewelry Heaven: Any time I get to be alone with something significant, or hold it in my hands. There’s immense trust that is required in the jewelry world to be able to handle significant things, so it’s always an honor when it happens


Ilias Kapsalis

Jeweller at Bentley & Skinner
Origins: Born and raised in Greece, based in London.
Gemstones of Choice: Sapphires, old-cut diamonds and natural pearls
Favorite Jewels to Wear: I wear daily two sapphire and gold gypsy rings made by Bentley & Skinner, as well as a pair of Art-Moderne silver and gold torpedo-shaped cufflinks.
Dream Jewels: An Art-Deco Tutti-Frutti Jabot-pin for my lapel.
Jewelry Heaven: The Crown Jewels, in the Tower if London, the Hull Grundy collection at the British Museum and the jewellery collection at V&A.

Gem X Core member Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson

Head of Marketing and Communications UK at Natural Diamond Council
Origins: Born and raised in Stockholm, lived in South Africa and Botswana, now in London.
Gemstones of Choice: Diamonds
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Soft white diamonds set in yellow gold.
Dream Jewels: The British Crown Jewels with the Koh-i-Noor and the Cullinan diamonds.
Jewelry Heaven: The Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho, I'd love to visit the highest diamond mine in the world and see their exceptionally rough diamonds.


Kareem Rashed

Style Editor at Robb Report
Born in San Francisco, based in New York City
Gemstones of Choice: Grey spinels, old mine diamonds, rock crystal.
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Any variety of pinky ring.
Dream Jewels: Anything Belperron, Taffin, Jean Mahie.
Jewelry Heaven: The Maharaja of Indore’s collection.


Aline Shapiro

Gem X Core, Jewelry Maker, Designer, Collector and Enthusiast
Origins: Born in New Jersey, then lived in San Francisco before making NYC my home
Gemstones of Choice: Big blue grey diamonds…. Opals, moonstone, stones with fire and strong energy. Unusually shaped stones
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Bold statement jewels, anything I have made and vintage jewelry.
Dream Jewels: Every jewel seems to be my dream jewel….
Jewelry Heaven: Spending time traveling around the world to meet and work with local jewelry artisans and learn their techniques. While there connecting with local antique stores, gem dealers to collect pieces along the way.

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Cora Sheibani

Owner of an eponymous jewellery business, aspiring jewellery historian
Swiss, based in London for 20 years.
Gemstones of Choice: Selix jasper, light brown diamonds, bicoloured tourmalines, and maw sit sit jade.
Favorite Jewels to Wear: My own of course, which is why I decided to start designing!
Dream Jewels: Pink diamond suite of August the Strong (even if it's meant for a man) which includes buttons, a medal, and a sword hilt, and Raymond Templier suite in silver with lines of diamonds circa 1940.
Jewelry Heaven: Met, MAD, V&A, Getty Villa and a good jewellery library.

Marina Vieira

Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams, GIA GG
Brazil, by way of Luxembourg
Gemstones of Choice: Emerald, malachite, moonstone
Favorite Jewels to Wear: a gold bangle that belonged to my grandmother, a pair of VCA pearl and diamond earrings
Dream Jewels: Asymmetrical JAR ear pendants, carved chalcedony pieces by Belperron, an Art Deco diamond bandeau
Jewelry Heaven: V&A jewelry collection, the contemporary jewelry collection at MAD NY, the Faberge Egg collection at the Kremlin Armoury, my mother’s jewelry box


Joanna Wheeler

Jewelry at Sotheby's, Graduate Gemologist
New York (suburbs) & New York (city)
Gemstones of Choice: Emerald, citrine, malachite, Padparascha sapphire, step-cut & old mine-cut diamonds.
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Jewelry from the fabulous women in my family, specifically my beloved grandmother and mother. My deco-inspired engagement ring, my wedding bands, an emerald-cut citrine and diamond ring, gold link bracelets from Italy.
Dream Jewels: Vintage Bulgari bib/ fringe necklaces from the 1960s, and any jewel from Bulgari’s Heritage Collection. Cartier jewels made for the Maharaja of Patiala. Suzanne Belperron's Smoky Quartz 'Cambodian' Cuff. René Boivin's Diamond 'Spiral Shell' Earclips, 1933. Old Mine-Cut Diamond 'Girandole' Earrings.
Jewelry Heaven: Bulgari's Via Dei Condotti store, Belperron Archives, FD Gallery, old auction catalogues, talking jewelry with Frank Everett.

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