A Gem Excursion of a Lifetime
Gem X went out on it’s first big jewelry adventure to Lisbon, Portugal and it was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to our tour guide, Gem X member and Portuguese jewelry expert Rui we got a full access tour to every bejeweled nook and cranny that Lisbon had to offer.
First stop in Lisbon: the church of Lalique. This morning, Gem X arrived at the Gulbenkian Museum for a tour of the beautiful, whimsical jewelry collection inside the museum. Fierce female dragonflies, plique a jour pins, glass diamond chokers, and horned floral hair accessories took out breaths away. We all consider ourselves touched by the Lalique enchantment.
When we heard that our friend and Portugal guide, Rui Galopim de Carvalho, had worked on the Crown Jewels, we knew a field trip was in order. With great anticipation, we arrived at the Museu Tesouro Real to learn more about Portugal’s rich history as told through its jeweled treasures. From the Crown of João VI, to the matching Stars diadem and necklace (made by Maria Pia of Savoy, a jewelry loving Queen), to the diamond encrusted snuffbox, it was one gasp followed by another. With the 200+ year wait it took for these treasures to be exhibited.
Off of a busy trolley-trodden street in Lisbon, we wandered up a cobblestone alley. In a nondescript building across from a storefront, we were invited into the magical workroom of Leitao e Irmao. Known for its exquisite jewelry, filigree and silversmith work, Leitão & Irmão is national treasure, having been designated the official ‘Crown Jewelers’ in 1875. We marveled at the demonstrations of different jewelry-making processes, which culminated with a visit to the jewelry showroom. We loved getting to see the details behind the magic, and thank Fatima Neto Vieira and Rui for the most insightful tour.
It was jewels for breakfast as we journeyed to our last stop in Lisbon. We arrived at Espadim 1985, a local antique jewelry house that is a favorite of our guide, Rui. There, we were able to build on all the knowledge we had gained during our jewelry excursion to see and handle historic examples of jewels. From delicate 18th century earrings, to a regal gold and silver diamond brooch, to parures of topaz and coral treasures, we ended our excursion on a brilliant and high note. Thank you to Espadim 1985 and Antonio A. Amante for a delightful morning – our best days start with a serving of beautiful jewels
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 Galopim de Carvalho, who personally worked on the exhibition, joined us for a special virtual conversation to share some stories and insider knowledge on his favorite pieces.
If you missed out on this live broadcast or any other previous broadcast, you can watch them here.
If you want to know more about historic jewels, we recommend watching this throwback Gemflix, JEWELS IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS, a conversation with the Jewelry Historian Amanda Triossi
In NYC, we had the chance to preview some of the mind-bending, extraordinary jewels by London goldsmith Ute Decker. Her sculptural pieces, which seem to defy gravity, are simultaneously minimalist but filled with creative energy. Ute shared her jewelry journey with us, which started with a career in journalism before discovering her passion for metal smithing.
Gem X members gathered for a bejeweled story time with Alice Cicolini at her London studio, where we heard insights into her design process and creative mastermind. From Indian flora and fauna, to architecture and Greek myths, her work is vividly infused with the stories she collects and turns into her unique jewelry creations. A tremendous thank you to Gem X Core Members Tefkros Christou and Amy for hosting our event, and to Alice Cicolini for inviting us in to see her colorful and whimsical world.Gem X members gathered for a bejeweled story time with Alice Cicolini at her London studio, where we heard insights into her design process and creative mastermind. From Indian flora and fauna, to architecture and Greek myths, her work is vividly infused with the stories she collects and turns into her unique jewelry creations. A tremendous thank you to Gem X Core Members Tefkros Christou and Amy for hosting our event, and to Alice Cicolini for inviting us in to see her colorful and whimsical world.
GEMFLIX | Wednesday, May 1oth
ICE COLD: A HIP-HOP JEWELRY HISTORY
We hope you can join our conversation with Vikki Tobak, author, journalist and curator. In the first book of its kind, author, journalist and curator Vikki Tobak uses 40 years of iconic imagery and captivating stories to trace, in her words, “the swaggering, bold and transcendent history of hip-hop and jewelry. RSVP HERE
NYC | Thursday, May 18th
CONTEMPORARY ART JEWELS & THE SILK ROAD WITH DICKSON YEWN
Since childhood, Dickson Yewn has devoted himself to the arts, fascinated by the Chinese history, aesthetics and culture that surrounded him. His new book, “Contemporary Art Jewels and the Silk Road,” is a first-of-its-kind art book to narrate worldly and philosophical Han Chinese culture in the language of jewelry art. RSVP HERE
NYC | Tuesday, May 23rd
A PRIVATE STUDIO VISIT TO ANTHONY LENT
For over 50 years, Anthony Lent has been handcrafting exquisite jewelry that transforms visionary inspirations into wearable works of art. Join us for an intimate and exclusive visit with the renowned jeweler in his New York City Showroom and production shop to see firsthand the intricate craftsmanship that goes into creating his one-of-a-kind jewelry. RSVP HERE