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This month in NYC, the Bard Graduate Center hosted members with a private after-hours tour of the Sonia Delaunay: Living Art exhibition, followed by an intimate presentation by contemporary jeweler Kia Schwan, with emphasis on Delaunay’s influence. Members made their way to New Jersey for a day trip to the NMOA for a tour of their impressive jewelry collection and learn the secrets and stories behind key pieces. In the private jewelry salon at Bergdorf Goodman, members were enchanted with the joyful gems of Gyan. Inspired by the hues of Jaipur, we were delighted to talk with Akhil and Nikhil Dhaddha about the history and influences of their house. We tried on one-of-a-kind jewels of delicate latticework bracelets, transformational emerald choker to bracelet, and a show stopping 120 carat Rubellite Necklace. It was an enchanting experience to see some of the rich family legacy on display.

Gem X London had a spellbinding gem encounter earlier hosted by jeweller, gemologist and gem-matching expert Doris Hangartner. The Zurich-based jeweller in her own right, is gifted with a rare intuition and connection with gemstones, allowing her to connect individuals with stones that resonate with their individual essence. The Victoria and Albert Museum hosted members met with master gem carver Charlotte de Syllas and Clare Phillips, V&A Curator of the Department of Decorative Art and Sculpture, to see Charlotte’s masterpiece, the Magpie Necklace. Members were then treated to an afternoon backstage, for a hands-on presentation of her working models and materials. Members gathered for an intimate coffee morning to see the bold and beautiful jewels of Silvia Furmanovich alongside Mr. Lieou at the Louisa Guinness gallery. Treasure House was certainly a treasure trove as period and antique specialists presented a dazzling array of collections from the 17th and 18th century alongside Art Deco, mid-century and contemporary jewels. From Greens of Cheltenham, Wartski, A la Vieille Russie to Sandra Cronan and SJ Phillips, it was a feast for the senses and soul.

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We’re excited to announce that Sigrid van Roode is our
2024 Gem X Scholarship & Grant recipient!  


Sigrid is an Ethnic & Archaeological Jewellery Researcher and PhD-candidate looking to publish her thesis on the history of illiterate women in Egypt who spoke through their jewelry. Core member Steph Carendi eloquently summed up Sigrid: “As an archeologist focusing on a particular vein of ritual jewelry pieces in Egypt, she has found an absolutely fascinating group of overlooked objects. These tell not only the story of the women who wore and used them in Egypt but also of the black roots of the tradition borne on the diaspora. It is really a story about women. Sigrid is not only an academic but a fantastic storyteller. Sigrid reflects much of what we love about Gem X: community, learning, openness, storytelling, uncovering. As a long-time member, she has a strong understanding of the Gem X community, we feel the award would definitely have an impact, and we strongly believe she would contribute in turn to our community.”

Watch the video to learn more about Sigrid and see below for updates from a few of our previous scholars.

 

“I’ve been continuing my engraving study, and will be launching some new pieces using engraving techniques at Goldsmiths Fair Week 1, this September. Having the grant has really kickstarted the integration of engraving in my work – can’t wait to share more!”

– Ellis Mhairi Cameron | 2023 Scholar 

Featured in the Financial Times A Ring to Propose to Him


“I have an exciting news to share that few designs of my earrings will be featured in the upcoming book, New Earrings: 500+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs by Nicolas Estrada and published by Hoakibooks. The book will be available in Spanish and US bookstores at the end of August; in mid-September in European bookstores and, in mid-November in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.”

– Yeena Yoon | 2022 Scholar 

Women of Jewelry
by Linda Kozloff-Turner

“I literally woke up one morning in 2016, and thought..am I the only woman going through what I was experiencing? I am a jewelry designer going on 50 years in the industry. The short answer is ‘no’. I set out to interview 100 women around the world to hear and understand what their experiences were. Little could have prepared me for what I was about to hear. As I am establishing an exhibit to go with the book, I selected a diverse scope of designers currently working today. I was committed to represent a spectrum of style, age, and culture. 

I was told I could not do this project, the scope was too big. I was told I could not self-publish and succeed. None of those beliefs turned out to be true. This is a completely written and finely designed, fine art quality 2 volume set of books that describe what each woman’s words of wisdom are in regards to their working experience within the jewelry industry.

To date, this book has been acquired by the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Puerto Rico, the American Lebanese University, the Heard Museum, and now the Library of Congress. We sold out of the first run and are now pre-selling and producing our second run and will be delivering sometime in June or July. I did want you to know that we offer affiliate partnerships through our Shopify site, and if GemX is interested any sales would bring a 10% commission on every book. I have also established a grant based on book sales for the Women’s Jewelry Association, the Gemological Institute of America, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.”

-Linda Kozloff Turner

Purchase the book here
Photo: 100womenofjewelry.com

We are thrilled to welcome our new members this month.
Adriana L. Mexico | Alexa H. Connecticut | Fatou S. United Kingdom | Maura D. Brooklyn, NY | Valerie B. New York, NY


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

 

We were delighted to host a conversation on this enrapturing period of Cartier’s creative growth and within it, explore the secrets and signatures of the period’s elegant hallmarks. Joining us for this fascinating discussion is jewelry historian Olivier Bachet. An internationally recognized authority on Cartier’s Art Deco era, Olivier’s research on Maison Cartier has produced two books over the last 20 years, “Cartier: Exceptional Objects” written in collaboration with Alain Cartier and more recently, “In The Beginning Was The Line” dedicated to Cartier Art Deco designs of 1910-1930s.

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE LINE: CARTIER ART DECO DESIGNS OF 1910-1930S

In a sparkly and fabulous finale to Pride Month, we welcomed three-time Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Zaldy Goco, in a conversation with David Webb archivist and Gem X Core member Levi Higgs. Zaldy is notably the creative force and stylist behind every show-stopping ensemble that RuPaul has worn on Drag Race, a collaboration that has lasted nearly three decades. Zaldy and Levi discussed everything from fierce drag jewels, to fashion-forward styling and major editorial features including Vogue and Vanity Fair.

DRAG QUEENS AND FABULOUS JEWELS

NYC | Thursday, July 25th

ICE COLD – A CURATOR TOUR OF A HIP-HOP JEWELRY EXHIBITION Join Core and fellow members for a tour of this incredible collection of contemporary jewels; highlights include Slick Rick’s gem-encrusted crown, the Notorious B.I.G. ’s legendary gold ‘Jesus piece’, Nicki Minaj’s sparkling ‘Barbie’ pendant and more. RSVP HERE

NYC | Wednesday, July 31st

MENDED WITH GOLD – A KINTSUGI JEWELRY EXPERIENCE Within the peaceful sanctum of Silvia’s space, George will present his jewels and their profound connection to the principles of Kintsugi, alongside a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, in which we’ll learn more about ancient wellness practices and the historical background of jewelry in Eastern cultures. 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.