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

GIA GG candidate, Gem X Core, former Senior Jewelry Authenticator at The RealReal
Origins: LA/Chicago/London/NY/SF, full circle back to LA!
Gemstones of Choice: Juicy alexandrites, tourmalines and spinels
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Currently building my personal collection to include the Georgian to Retro best hits, but I usually wear my vintage Rolex and jade bangle everyday.
Dream Jewels: The JAR Leek/Orange Peel brooches or a chunky antique diamond rivière, but I'm also loving anything by Sylvia Furmanovich at the moment.
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: My jade bangle, chokers, statement earrings
Dream Jewels: Custom Taffin, JAR, Bhagat
Jewelry Heaven: Al Thani Collection, Albion Art Institute

Dalia Daou (GemX)

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

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Kimberly de Geer

Public Relations at Bvlgari, Gem X Core
Origins: Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, currently based in New York
Gemstones of Choice: Moonstone, Ruby, Padparadscha Sapphires, Blue Chalcedony and Emeralds
Favorite Jewels to Wear: My engagement ring, an art deco diamond and ruby ring that belonged to my mother and my family pinky ring
Dream Jewels: Verdura Maltese Cross Cuffs in Enamel, Bvlgari Monete Tubogas Choker and Bvlgari Heritage pieces from the 60s and 70s, anything by Suzanne Belperron
Jewelry Heaven: The Gem Palace in Jaipur, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Auction House Previews

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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

Jewelry 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 enamelled brooch by Giulliano or a Art-Deco tutti-Frutti Jabot-pin
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.

Mary Frances Lungaretti

Gem X Core, Creative Visual Merchandising at Tiffany & Co.
Origins: Born in Macon Georgia, currently living in Brooklyn, New York
Gemstones of Choice: Fire Opals and Padparadscha Sapphires
Favorite Jewels to Wear: I love to wear the jewelry inherited from the matrons in my family. I specifically love my fire opal and diamond earrings from my mother and light blue opal and diamond earrings from my paternal grandmother.
Dream Jewels: Kohinoor Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Apollo Ear Clips, Schlumberger gold and diamond Fringe necklace, 1937 Van Cleef and Arpels Cocktail Bronx charm bracelet.
Jewelry Heaven: Trying on jewels inside the Tiffany Salon- the Cinderella room and hidden bar are my favorite parts!

Marina Vieira

GIA GG Student, Gem X Core
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, any Christie’s Magnificent Jewels showroom, the Faberge Egg collection at the Kremlin Armoury, my mother’s jewelry box


Joanna Wheeler

Jewelry at Sotheby's, Gem X Core
New York (suburbs) & New York (city)
Gemstones of Choice: Emerald, citrine, malachite, Padparascha sapphire, step-cut & old mine-cut diamonds
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Rings! My deco-inspired engagement ring, my grandmother’s emerald-cut citrine and diamond ring, layered with her green enamel bands, my mother's gold and diamond pinky-rings
Dream Jewels: Cartier Ruby & Pearl Choker/Bib made for the Maharaja of Patiala, 1931; any jewel from the Bulgari Heritage Collection; Suzanne Belperron's Smoky Quartz 'Cambodian' Cuff; René Boivin's Diamond 'Spiral Shell' Earclips, 1933; Antique Old Mine-Cut Diamond 'Girandole' Earrings
Jewelry Heaven: Shopping at Bulgari's Via Dei Condotti store between 1955-1960, Belperron Archives, FD Gallery, old auction catalogues, talking jewelry with Frank Everett

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