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A bustling month uptown in for New York Members.  To kick things off we were given a private tour though Van Cleef & Arpels, Garden of Green. We traveled through time and shades of green learning the history and enchanting stories of each piece in the exhibition. After a morning in the museum, we crossed town to the Park Avenue Armory to the Salon Art + Design to see a jewelry panel on art and jewels collecting. From a Garden of Green to a field of flowers, members were lucky enough to spend two evenings with the other-worldly, Luz Camino. After a bustling day at Bergdorf Goodman exploring the Luz Camino cases, we made our way to the upper east side and cozied up for a wonderful talk by Luz about her book “A Bit of Universe”.  Surrounded by jewelry friends and flowers, we toasted her 50 year career, inspirations, and vibrant creations. With one final stop, Mikimoto breathed a bit of magic into the start of our holiday season with a private Pearl Masterclass inside their 5th Avenue salon. We touched and saw a demonstration of pearl stringing, gasped over the famous pearls worn by Marilyn Monroe.

London members were invited into the realm of Hannah Martin for a night of piercing and celebration. The ritual of piercing throughout time has been the center of many cultures and traditions, and her work is an effort to return to the connection that this act brings. To celebrate this, she created fine jewelry works that focuses on quality and designs that draw joy. Hannah believes that if we’re going to put anything into our bodies, it should be beautifully made with passion, enthusiasm and by someone who has a love of their craft. Our next stop was with designer Anna Kerr to view here newest jewels and receive a chart-reading. Anna’s collection designed in accordance with the principles of Vedic Astrology. Not only is she a certified Gemologist, but is also studying under a renowned guru and spiritual leader in Mumbai. Anna guided us through these principles, outlining the key planets and their respective gemstones and how they can enhance a wearer’s life. Members tried on multiple colored spinels, warm sapphires, and bold lapis lazuli as Anna enlightened us on the connecting link with jewelry that one can gain from gemstones.

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At the heart of Gem X is the belief that jewelry is better experienced together. We’re delighted to invite you to join this season’s Winter Virtual Member Mixer. Get to know your fellow members near and wide to celebrate the season and share your favorite jewelry finds. RSVP HERE

We are thrilled to welcome our new members this month.
Ariel S. New York City, NY | Gabriella T. London, UK | Gia W. New York City, NY | Guillaume S. London, UK | Kim R. London, UK | Louisa W. London, UK | Margot J. New York City, NY | Mika I. New York City, NY | Pamela G. Bingham Farms, MI | Paula  D. New York City, NY | Rhianna S. Austin, TX | Salua J. New York City, NY | Soleil d. London, UK

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

Core members Lin Jamison, Levi Higgs, and Christine Cheng sat down with Curious Objects host Ben Miller, to discuss a few personal jewelry favorites and some of the magnificent pieces they have had the chance to hold. Listen to the episode wherever you get your podcasts.

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We leapt into the realm of the mystical with David Webb Archivist Levi Higgs and Astrologer David Scoroposki as they explored the long arc of the Zodiac, astrology, and horoscopes in fine jewelry and David Webb’s vast archive of Zodiac designs throughout the 1960s and 70s. Explore astrological jewels with this Gemflix archive throwback. 

JEWELRY IN THE STARS

Gemflix | Sunday, December 10th

HOW (AND WHY) YOU SHOULD COLLECT OLD SILVER From elegant candlesticks to historic relics to contemporary art, silver tells some of the greatest stories in the decorative arts. Please join us for a conversation around this fascinating medium with specialist Benjamin Miller, Director of Research at the world-renowned antique silver firm S.J. Shrubsole. RSVP HERE

NYC | Thursday, December 14th

A PEEK INSIDE THE MAGICAL WORLD OF LARKSPUR & HAWK You are cordially invited to step inside the magical world of Larkspur & Hawk for an up close and personal look at the brand’s enchanting jewelry collection. Meet the founder and designer, Emily Satloff, at her Manhattan showroom and learn the origins of foiled jewelry. RSVP HERE

Virtual | Sunday, December 17th

WINTER VIRTUAL MEMBER MIXER We’re delighted to invite you to join this season’s Winter Virtual Member Mixer. We hope you’ll join us, wearing your own personal relics or seasonal jewels, pour yourself your favorite winter beverage and cozy up for an hour of conversation from the comfort of your home. RSVP HERE

NYC | Monday, December 18th

CRAFTSMANSHIP, CURATION & CHEER WITH KENTSHIRE For our final soirée of the year, we invite to you discover the beauty and majesty of Kentshire’s fine jewels. Join Matthew and fellow members for a glass of champagne at Kentshire’s boutique on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman, as he presents their exquisite selection of jewelry. 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.