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In NYC, we celebrated Holi with Rosena Sammi, founder of The Jewelry Edit. With Chai and chocolates we marked the end of winter and the welcoming of the new season over colorful jewels and beautiful friendships. It was a night full of joy and hopefulness as we shared Holi traditions. Mayer & Watt stopped into town for the MJSA show. We had a private viewing of  their colorful gems over cocktails. Members also got to experience a “Lempicka” double feature with a tour of ‘The World of Tamara: A Celebration of Lempicka and Art Deco’ selling exhibition at Sotheby’s and a matinée performance of ‘Lempicka,’ a new musical on Broadway.

Art Fair season has begun in London this past weekend, and Gem X London’s first stop was the Collect Art Fair. Hosted at the iconic arts centre, Somerset House, members gathered for a tour of the jewellery exhibitors – dotted around dazzling and surrealist contemporary art galleries – to meet directors, designers and craftspeople alike, see their jewels up close, and learn about the stories behind them. Led by Objects Beautiful director  Yael Reisnerct. We made a few special stops to Goldsmiths Fair, Jagger Dart London, Craft Scotland, and Gallery BR. Thank you to Yael Reisner for the wonderful tour and we look forward to exploring the fair again next year. A group of lucky members in London kicked off the Easter weekend with a truly galactic visit to the studio of Jacqueline Cullen in Cockpit Arts. Upon entering Jacqueline’s universe, we learned how she is inspired by some of the greatest forces in our own universe, like the collision of galaxies and the eruptions of volcanoes. In addition to trying on her stunning, sparkling work, we got to hold the rocks with which she works and even try our own hands at using the cutting and polishing machines she uses to give birth to her own creations. We walked away all wanting a bit of Jacqueline’s gem dust.

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The exquisite art fair was in full bloom, with floating flowers and dancing jewels. With 275 exhibitors at the fair, no spot was left untouched by beauty. At Simon Teakle, Christine Cheng shared fair highlights and a stunning Boivin Sapphire Ring, Tefkros Christou presented tension set jewels from Hemmerle, stacks of Georges Lenfant bracelets were found at VKD, a Roman Cameo depicting Agrippa Posthumas Galerie Chenel, dazzling diamond earrings at Forms and many more. We are looking forward to making the trip to TEFAF NYC in the spring soon!

In preparation for our Gem X excursion to Boston, we want to start our trip planning with a fun reading assignment, MJ Rose’s newest book Forgetting to Remember. The  The cover is beautifully illustrated featuring a Lover’s Eye by Michael Robinson of David Michael Jewels. We will visiting Michael at his studio in Boston, to see his brightly colored creations and illustrations. 

We are thrilled to welcome our new members this month.
Alexander P. New York City, NY | Corrado J. Montclair, NJ | Jennifer L. New York City, NY | Kristin C. Texas

Not a Gem X Member? We would love to have you join us on our exclusive adventures. Start your application here.

Members gathereed together this month for a virtual mixer with Gem X Scholarship alumni Yeena Yoon and Ellis Mhairi Cameron. We chatted about the Scholarship Fund and were regaled by Ellis’ stories of unearthing a centuries old treasure hoard on her family’s farm. Read more about her account here.

We are thrilled to welcome our new members this month.
Alicia A. Washington D.C. | Emily P. Brooklyn, NY |  Flavie L. Paris, FR | Kirsten S. New York City, NY | Kristin R. Castillo, TX | Sara R. Los Angeles, CA

Not a Gem X Member? We would love to have you join us on our exclusive adventures. Start your application here.

Years ago, when we started Gem X, we had a dream of building a shared jewelry collection that could be passed among close friends. Over the past years, we have experimented, evolved, and manifested this idea into a reality we’re so excited to share with you – The Gem X Core Collection

The jewelry of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD) tells a story of creativity and culture, a presentation of meticulously selected pieces that articulate Rhode Island’s 19th century jeweling history and beyond. Curator, Emily Banas shared her highlights from the museum’s jewelry collection, including new research discoveries and recent acquisitions, speaking to their place in the institute and in the wider jewelry space.

JEWELRY AT THE RISD MUSEUM: SHAPING A COLLECTION

After hundreds of years in the vault, the 1000+ collection of Portuguese royal treasures finally went on display last year in the west wing of the Ajuda Palace. Rui, who personally worked on the exhibition, joined us for a special virtual conversation to share some stories and insider knowledge on his favorite pieces. From a magnificent Columbian emerald brooch, to the Crown of João VI, to the Order of the Golden Fleece, we discovered more about the highlights of this extraordinary collection that melds history, with science with craft and beauty.

DISCOVERING THE CROWN JEWELS OF PORTUGAL

London | Tuesday, April 9th

A STUDIO VISIT WITH EMEFA COLE AND BENJAMIN HAWKINS Both daring and experimental in their execution, Emefa and Benjamin will host us in their respective studios, followed by a conversation about their creative process, the creation of their jewels and the opportunity to see their work up close. RSVP HERE

NYC | Sunday, April 14th

PERIODS OF COLLECTING – DOYLE’S JEWELS ACROSS THE AGES We are delighted to invite you to a private presentation with the experts at Doyle New York to learn more. From the elegance of Art Deco to the fanfare of Belle Époque, each period of collection has rich stories and distinct styles. RSVP HERE

London | Thursday, April 18th

DRAW ME A JEWEL – A GOUACHE MASTERCLASS We’re delighted to invite you to learn the function and masterful details of this illustrious artform with an intimate gouache workshop, hosted by Core member Inesa Kovalova of Draw Me A Jewel Illustration School. RSVP HERE

London | Monday, April 22nd

PHENOMENAL GEMSTONES WITH GEM-A One thing all gem and jewel enthusiasts know to be true is that there is always more to learn. You may know your Burmese rubies from your Zambian emeralds, but what of a stone’s unique physicality or behaviour with light? We’re delighted to invite for an evening of optical discovery with a private gemstone-handling workshop at The Gemmological Association of Great Britain. RSVP HERE

Gemflix | Wednesday, April 24th

EXPLORING THE JEWELER’S ART IN JODHPUR, INDIA Stone, gold and metal workers in Jodhpur have honed their crafts over years of training and studying time-honored techniques to produce creations native to the region and its surrounding culture. We’re delighted to host a conversation that will explore the hidden details and techniques of Jodhpur’s jewel craft, revealing their everyday workings, ancient specialisms and exquisite relics. RSVP HERE

London | Thursday, May 9th

THE STORY OF JEREMY MAY’S BOOK JEWELS The story behind a jewel is what forges a connection with the wearer – but what if a story is what made up the jewel itself?. Join us for an evening at Jeremy’s studio, in which he will present his ‘wearable narrative’ jewels and explain more about his fascinating process and love of preserving stories. RSVP HERE

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Gem X Core Collection | Terms and Conditions

1. DEFINITIONS: “Gem X” refers to Gem X LLC, who has lent a given piece of jewelry to Customer. “Jewelry” refers to any piece of jewelry identified above that is being lent to Customer by Gem X on memo for a period not to exceed six weeks. “Loan Period” refers to the period of time which Gem X agrees to lend the Jewelry to Customer.

2. APPLICABILITY: These Terms and Conditions govern and apply to a one year membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program. Customer agrees that by accepting these Terms and Conditions, Gem X is authorized to charge Customer’s credit Card on file the full price of a one year membership. Customer further agrees that by accepting these Terms and Conditions, Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection program will automatically renew one year from the expiration of the term of membership, and Customer’s credit card will be charged for each annual membership renewal. Customer acknowledges that should Customer seek to cancel Customer’s membership at any time during each one year membership term, Customer will not be entitled to any refund for any portion of the one year membership term prior to which the Customer cancelled membership. Customer agrees that Customer may only avoid an automatic membership renewal (and corresponding credit card charge) by canceling Customer’s membership in writing via email to members@gemx.club at least 24 hours prior to the expiration of the term of Customer’s one year Gem X Core Collection Program membership. Nothing herein shall be construed as implying any obligation on Gem X’s part to continue or cancel Customer’s membership at any time. Gem X reserves the right to cancel Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program, and further reserves the right to decline to renew Customer’s membership in the Gem X Core Collection Program, for any reason including but not limited to a violation of any of these Terms and Conditions.

3. AUTHORITY TO SIGN: Any individual signing below, via Docusign or by clicking a check-box acknowledging acceptance of these Terms and Conditions, represents and warrants that he or she is of legal age and has the authority and powder to sign below or check the box accepting these Terms and Conditions, either on his or her own behalf or on behalf of the Customer.

4. CORE COLLECTION AGREEMENT: Customer agrees that by signing below, via Docusign or by clicking a check-box acknowledging acceptance of these Terms and Conditions, Customer shall be part of the Gem X Core Collection program, in which Gem X shall, in Gem X’s sole discretion, lend Customer on memo one or more pieces of Jewelry to be selected by Gem X for a period not to exceed six (6) weeks. At the end of the Loan Period, Customer agrees that it shall ship the Jewelry back to Gem X via the pre-printed Federal Express label to be e-mailed to Customer by Gem X.

5. INSPECTION: Customer acknowledges that Customer has inspected the Jewelry upon taking possession thereof, finds it in good and undamaged condition, with no damaged or missing stones or components, and finds it suitable for Customer’s needs. To the extent that Customer finds the Jewelry to have any damage, or damaged or missing stones or components whatsoever upon receipt of the Jewelry, Customer shall promptly notify Gem X of any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, within one (1) business day of receipt. Notice shall be provided to Customer via email, and shall include photographs of any damage to the Jewelry, and/or damaged or missing stones or components. Customer further acknowledges and agrees that should Customer fail to notify Gem X of any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, within one (1) business day of receipt of the Jewelry: (a) Customer waives any claim that the Jewelry arrived with any damage whatsoever; (b) Customer will be responsible for reimbursing Gem X for any damage to the Jewelry, or damaged or missing stones or components, as further described in paragraph 5.

6. RETURN OF JEWELRY/CUSTOMER RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE: At the expiration of the Loan Period, Customer shall return the Jewelry as specified in paragraph 3. Upon receipt of the Jewelry by Gem X, Gem X shall inspect the Jewelry for any damage to the Jewelry and damaged or missing stones or components. Should Gem X determine, in its sole discretion, that there is any damage to the Jewelry, or that there are any damaged or missing stones or components, or that the Jewelry has been tampered with in any way such that it is not in the condition that it was in at the commencement of the Loan Period, Gem X shall notify Customer in writing within ten (10) business days of receipt of the Jewelry. Gem X shall make any repairs and/or replace any damaged or missing stones at its sole discretion, and shall invoice Customer in writing for the full cost of said repairs within ten (10) business days of such repairs being made. Customer hereby agrees and consents that Gem X may charge Customer’s credit card on file within two (2) days of Gem X sending the above Invoice without further notice to Customer. Customer further agrees and acknowledges that, should Customer fail to return the Jewelry within five (5) business days of the expiration of the Loan Period, Gem X may invoice Customer for the full replacement cost of the Jewelry, and may charge Customer’s credit card of file within two (2) days of Gem X sending the above Invoice without further notice to Customer.

7. TITLE/NO PURCHASE OPTION/NO LIENS: These Terms and Conditions do not constitute a contract of sale, and title to the Jewelry shall at all times remain with Gem X. Gem X may offer Customer the option to purchase the Jewelry in Gem X’s sole discretion, but any such purchase of the Jewelry by Customer shall be the subject of a further contract or agreement. Customer shall keep the Jewelry free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, and under no circumstances shall Customer use the Jewelry as collateral or security for any type of loan whatsoever. Customer shall not lease, assign, loan, or rent the Jewelry to any individual or entity.

8. ENTIRE AGREEMENT/ONLY AGREEMENT: These Terms and Conditions shall constitute the entire agreement between Gem X and Customer, and shall supersede all prior agreements, understandings and negotiations between Gem X and Customer with respect to the subject matter hereof. Any modifications to these Terms and Conditions must be made in writing and signed by Gem X and Customer.

9. NON-WAIVER: Any failure of Gem X to insist on strict performance by Customer or any of these Terms and Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of Gem X’s right to demand strict compliance.

10. HEADINGS FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY: Headings of any paragraph or provision in these Terms and Conditions are for convenience and organization only. Headings shall not affect the meaning of any provisions of these Terms and Conditions.

11. NO CONSTRUCTION AGAINST DRAFTER: Customer acknowledges that he or she has read these Terms and Conditions, and has agreed to all of the terms hereunder. Customer further agrees that any ambiguity in any of these Terms and Conditions shall not be construed against Gem X on the basis that Gem X authored the same.

12. SEVERABILITY: If any part or sub-part of these Terms and Conditions is deemed or held invalid or unenforceable by a court of law or competent arbitrator, the remaining Terms and Conditions will be enforced to the maximum extent possible. In such circumstances, the remainder of these Terms and Conditions shall continue in full force.

13. JURISDICTION/COSTS: Gem X and Customer agree that New York law shall govern any matter or dispute relating to or arising out of this Agreement, as well as any dispute of any kind that may arise between Gem X and Customer. In the event litigation is initiated, Gem X and Customer agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the following county: New York, New York. Gem X and Customer agree that this choice of law, venue, and jurisdiction provision is not permissive, but rather mandatory in nature. Customer agrees to pay all reasonable costs of collection, court, attorney’s fees, and other expenses incurred by Gem X in the collection of any charges due under these Terms and Conditions or in connection with the enforcement of these Terms and Conditions.

14. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES/CHECK BOXES: Customer agrees that execution and/or acceptance of these Terms and Conditions via Docusign, by clicking a check-box below, or via other electronic means, has the same force and effect as signing in ink.

15. CRIMINAL WARNING: Failure to return the Jewelry at the end of the Loan Period may be considered theft subject to criminal prosecution pursuant to the applicable penal or penal code provisions.