THE PERIDOT ISSUE | 2020

Dear Gem X,

As many of us have stayed home-bound (or close to it) this summer, we thought it would be fun to live vicariously through each other.  Indeed, when we travel, we always follow tips from our close friends – for where to go, what to do, what to eat, and of course, what jewelry destinations to prioritize.  It is time that we gather these in one place.  In this newsletter, we begin our foray into Gem X City Guides – our group-sourced list of jewelry must-sees and “hidden gems” for cities around the world.  To get things started, we tapped a few members of the Gem X Core…

Ilias Kapsalis (for Athens, Greece)
Julie Chang (for Chicago, USA)
Marina Veiera (for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Levi Higgs (for Santa Fe, USA)
Stephanie Carendi (for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

As well as, Karen Stone Talwar, who organizes jewelry-themed excursions for Adventures in Art, takes on Boston.  We share their insider tips below.  Our hope is that when we are able to travel safely and freely, these tips will help you plan your next sparkly excursion.  And please, if there is a location you know well that is not listed, please share your suggestions with us! We hope that Gem X City Guides will include recommendations from friends all over the jewelry world.

Recently, we are so proud to have passed our 50th Gemflix episode.  When we started this series, we couldn’t have dreamed of the positive momentum that would follow.  Along with 50+ episodes, we have also raised over $19,000 in funds raised for charity.  Thank you for helping us give back and for being a part of our learning journey.  We are currently in the middle of our second Maker’s Marathon, which has already featured Silvia Furmanovich and Siddharth Kasliwal of The Gem Palace.  Coming up, we will travel to Italy to meet Fabio Salini, followed by HK, and the UK.  We can’t wait to see what our next 50 episodes bring.

Yours in jewels,
Lin & Heidi

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Gem X City Guide: Athens, Greece

Compiled by Ilias Kapsalis, Gem X Core

Central Athens is my favourite part of the city and my base when I am in town. I would like to start our walk through the city, by introducing you to my neighbourhood – Kypseli. Walking through the streets of Kypseli, the first thing you’ll notice is the remarkable mix of architectural styles, from crumbling neoclassical and eclectic style mansions to striking Bauhaus apartment buildings with rounded balconies and geometrical designed front doors.

The tiny mid-century-style Au Revoir bar (Patision Avenue 136), around the corner from my flat, is thought to be the oldest continually-operating bar in Athens, and rumour has it that Frank Sinatra used to drink here in 1962, when he was in Athens to give concerts at Herodeion Theatre. My recommendation is their Dry Martini Cocktail, which is made following the secret recipe of the founders of the bar.



Walking down the Patision Avenue, which in the 1960s it was one of Athens most upscale shopping streets, and the first thing that you notice is the Parthenon on the background. This street has been designed in a way that is perfectly aligned with the Acropolis.

On a short walking distance is the National Arcaeological Museum (Patision Avenue 44), which houses the most important collection of Greek antiquities in the world. Amongst the other treasures, do not miss the unique collection of Mycenean Antiquities with the colossal elliptical gold diadems and the gold death-mask of Agamemnon.

A short stroll from the museum is the Athenian Trilogy, one of the most popular places to take pictures for your Instagram! The three elegant buildings (Panepistimiou Avenue 28, 30 & 32) of the Academy, the University of Athens and the old building of the National Library, were designed in the mid 19th century by the Danish architect brothers Christian & Theophil Hansen, and completed years later with the help of benefactors and donors.

The best spot for brunch or lunch is the Athénée (at the corner of Panepistimiou Avenue & Voukourestiou Street). Founded in 1939 and known to the Athenians, as Zonar’s, has been recently renovated and has kept all the charm and the character of the past. Famous for their Chicago Ice Cream Sundae and Queen Sofia’s Mints (Queen Sofia of Spain, used to live nearby, at today’s Presidential Palace).   http://www.atheneeathens.gr

Just opposite is located the flagship shop of Lalaounis (Panepistimiou 6 & Voukourestiou Street). Famous around the world for their creations in 22k gold, inspired by Greek art and architecture, as well as nature and science. A Museum dedicated to the work of Ilias Lalounis and the 50 collections that he designed and supervised during his fascinating career is located near the hill of Acropolis, where the original workshops where based (Kariatidon 4). http://www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr

Near Syntagma Square, is one of the best cocktail bars in Athens. Ipitou, is a perfect option for the summer, when you can sit outside and enjoy the drinks created by one of the best mixologist in town. Dionysis Polatos, who is an old friend of mine, is creating a seasonal list of cocktails, mixing rare spirits and unusual ingredients and creates cocktails that you definitely have to try. https://ipitou-the-bar.business.site

Guilty Pleasures You Should Not Miss:

  • “Koulouri Thessalonikis”  Incredibly crunchy on the outside with soft and slightly chewy centre. These delicious bread rings covered with toasted sesame seeds are definitely the best carbs to start your day. They are sold at kiosks in Suntagma square and all the bakeries around the city every morning.
  • “Tyropita Kourou” The favourite mid-morning snack. It is made from a dry non greasy pastry, filled with feta cheese and other Greek cheeses. Ariston (Voulis Street 10) is making the best (you cannot eat only one), since 1906.
  • “Souvlaki” is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of pork or chicken meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is usually eaten straight off the skewer or wrapped in pita-bread. The best souvlaki near Syntagma you will find at Kostas (Pentelis Street 5).

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— Ilias is a member of the Gem X Core. Instagram: @ilias_kapsalis

Gem X City Guide: Chicago, USA

Compiled by Julie Chang, Gem X Core

Architectural Boat Tour – Symbolized by the second star of the city’s flag, Chicago experienced a “great rebuilding” after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 razed down approximately 3 square miles. Compared to a phoenix rising out of the ashes, the city now encompasses a variety of architectural styles like the Greystone, Prairie School and Miesian Modern. And with one of the best skylines in America today, what better way to experience the intricate cityscape than by all three branches of the Windy City’s river? Hop on, grab a drink, sit back and enjoy!

Field Museum – 1400 S Lake Shore Dr – The establishment of the Field Museum of Natural History began auspiciously with entire gem and mineral collections acquired from Tiffany & Co. and Ward’s Natural Science at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. With highlights like the world’s largest museum-owned imperial topaz (a whopping 97.45 carats), head to the Grainger Hall of Gems where an alluring Tiffany stained glass mermaid presides over glittering displays showcasing the whole story of a gem -raw, fashioned and mounted. Of the finished works of jewelry, make sure to look out for those specially created for the museum by local Chicago designers like Lester Lampert and Ellie Thompson.   

Art Institute of Chicago – 111 S Michigan Ave – After a photoshoot at Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, or fondly “The Bean”, walk south through the gorgeous urban gardens to the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum is an architectural delight that juxtaposes the original Beaux Arts style building, flanked by the famous bronze lions, with an airy modern wing by Renzo Piano. With nearly 300,000 works of art in the collection, every turn in the galleries is sure to elicit an “oh this one!” for favorites like the pointillist dream of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat and the postmodern jewel-toned candies (interactive!) of “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) by Felix Gonzales-Torres. 

Pistachios – 55 E Grand Ave – Explore over 100 international and domestic artists represented by the contemporary art jewelry gallery Pistachios just off the Magnificent Mile (under the Westfield North bridge). Thoughtfully curated for creative expression and studio practice, you’re bound to find a new favorite artist or piece to add to your collection. 

The Aviary – 955 W Fulton Market – Innovation + molecular gastronomy + mixology = fine drinking experience at James Beard award winning cocktail lounge, The Aviary, in the West Loop by Alinea’s Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonos that is an absolute must. The cocktails are like bejeweled works of art that are as visually stunning as they are delectable. Tip: Walk-ins are available but akin to winning the lottery so would definitely recommend booking a reservation in advance.

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— Julie is a member of the Gem X Core. Instagram: @ispybijoux

Gem X City Guide: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Compiled by Marina Vieira, Gem X Core

The Rio Jewelry CrawlH. Stern, Antonio Bernardo and Junia Machado – Take a day to walk from Ipanema to Leblon, two of the most famous neighbourhoods in Rio, all while stopping by the best jewelers the city has to offer. Start the day at H. Stern in Ipanema. The world-renowned brand famous for its use of colourful Brazilian gemstones puts on a real show of mineral specimens at its flagship location. Make your way to Antonio Bernardo in Leblon’s upscale shopping mall for a taste of the local jeweler’s modern and understated designs. Across the street, do not miss Rio Design Leblon’s Junia Machado for more fashion-forward and even experimental designs suited for a range of budgets. H Stern: Rua Garcia d’Avila, 113 – 8º andar – parte; Antonio Bernardo: Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 – Loja 302 E – Leblon; Junia Machado: Shopping Rio Design Leblon, Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 270 – Leblon.

Finding Inspiration in the Botanical Gardens and Parque Lage… Take a morning to get lost in this tropical garden paradise with views of the iconic Christ the Redeemer. When it’s time for lunch, make your way to Parque Lage. A true local gem, this 1920s mansion surrounded by rainforest, is home to the city’s School of Visual Arts. The atrium bistro offers a setting like no other for a light meal. Botanical Gardens: R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 – Jardim Botânico; Parque Lage: R. Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico. 

Fuel up at Sushi Leblon and Dias Ferreira… Did you know that Brazil is home to the biggest Japanese population outside of Japan? The unique cultural mix makes for incredible sushi and for this, Sushi Leblon located on trendy Dias Ferreira street, is always a must on my list. After dinner, walk along the bohemian center of Rio de Janeiro to enjoy a caipirinha or a chopp at one of several bars that line this street. Sushi Leblon: Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon.

Unwind at Hotel Fasano… Designed by renowned architect Philippe Starck, Fasano is a beautiful hotel with exceptional service and five-star dining. Its very central Ipanema beach location make it ideal for getting to know Rio de Janeiro through walks along its famous shoreline. Enjoy the city’s breathtaking views all from the comfort of its private rooftop pool. Av. Vieira Souto, 80 – Ipanema.

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Marina Vieira is a member of Gem X Core. Instagram: @vieira88

Gem X City Guide: Santa Fe, USA

Compiled by Levi Higgs, Gem X Core
Every August, the streets of Santa Fe explode with vendors of all sorts for the famous Indian Market. A festival that covers multiple days, it is a celebration of the Native American craftsmen and women who hand-weave intricate rugs, throw and paint ceramics, prepare amazing food, and of course, forge beautiful traditional jewelry. The Plaza in the center of Santa Fe serves as the epicenter of the entire weekend the Market is open, and all the vendors radiate outward from this central square. There a few locations within hotels where you can see other booths set up, but largely the fun is spent wandering the open air streets and mingling with the visitors and craftspeople. 
 
Prioritize...Shiprock Santa Fe: A gorgeous and historic outpost right off the main Plaza, you walk up a flight of stairs and you’re suddenly surrounded by piles of Native American textiles, woven baskets, masks on the walls, and cases and cases and CASES of silver, turquoise, coral, and jade Native American jewelry. The one downside is that Shiprock KNOWS what they have and they price accordingly. Here you can buy Charles Loloma works and pay the appropriate price. Out on the Plaza with some of the younger and more contemporary jewelers, you can still get a deal for the same level of design and craftsmanship. (53 Old Santa Fe Trail) 
  

 

Where to eat… The Shed (113 1/2 E Palace Ave) is very nearby the Plaza, it’s a bit of a ramshackle spot but the enchiladas are not to be missed. Tucked inside a courtyard of traditional adobe buildings, the brightly painted turquoise pillars on the colonnade will show you the way. Cafe Pasqual’s (121 Don Gaspar Ave) – definitely make a reservation for this place, but it is so worth it. The best móle you will ever have, not to mention the margaritas.

Visit…the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (217 Johnson St) This is very close to the Plaza and easy to walk to. It’s a lovely and intimate experience to see many of her works all together. They often have well paired exhibitions, where contemporaries of her work will be shown side by side. I have seen an Ansel Adams photography show there paired with her paintings that I thought was lovely. Also Ken Price Ceramics!
Also the…Museum of International Folk Art (On Museum Hill, 706 Camino Lejo). A bit of a drive from the Plaza, but worth seeing. Such an amazing collection of handicrafts from so many cultures, and when I was there they had an Alexander Girard exhibition that was fantastic, as he’s very intricately connected to Santa Fe modernism. This museum is also right across the street from a botanical garden, which is also lovely to stroll through in he desert heat.

Other notes… The hotels in Santa Fe are really nice! The Rosewood Inn (113 Washington Ave) of the Anasazi is iconic, and I think the Four Seasons (198 NM-592) has a great outpost there as well. My secret tip is to stay a bit out of the way during Indian Market, and stay in Albuquerque instead. It’s only a 50min drive from Santa Fe, and you will avoid the spike in hotel room costs by not staying in Santa Fe proper. In Albuquerque, stay at Los Poblanos, an old dairy farm that is now a lavender farm and resort with a fabulous restaurant and feels like a Nancy Meyers estate with a New Mexican flair.

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Levi is a member of Gem X Core. Instagram: @levi_higgs

Gem X City Guide: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Compiled by Stephanie Carendi, Gem X Core

Yam Gallery at Instituto Allende – (Ancha de San Antonio 20, Zona Centro) William Spratling is credited for igniting and fostering the modern epoch of Mexican silver jewelry. He looked towards the bold forms of indigenous design in art and architecture and married these aesthetics with the rich craftmanship that centuries of religious silversmithing had established in central Mexico. Although you can look anywhere in San Miguel for echoes of this era (from David on Zacateros to Cerroblanco in the Aurora Galleries to the stands in the artisanal market)—lovely little Yam galleries carry reiterations of Spratlings original mid-century designs.  While at the Instituto Allende, don’t miss out on meandering into the ex-haciendas’s courtyards renowned murals.  

Los Baules Remigio – (Correo 6, Zona Centro) A truly traditional Mexican textile is an heirloom—it has taken a pair of trained hands hours or even weeks of loving work and it will last a lifetime with good care.  Invest in these wearable pieces of art by visiting the beautifully curated Los Baules Remigio. Their store on Correo 6 only carries pure indigo-dyed embroidered and hand loomed shirts and dresses.  Its sister store a block away carries a selection of clothing from the textile artisans of Mexico, especially Oaxaca.  
 
Eat like an eclectic, foodie local at these four hidden gem eateries. 
 
Ki’bok on Cuadrante (corner of, Diez de Sollano y Dávalos #25, Cuadrante #1, Centro) is no longer hidden but still a gem after National Geographic Magazine named its coffee the best in the world in 2019.  But it really is the best coffee in a most charming space.  Perfect for a perfect cup after an early morning walk before the town wakes up. 


Lavanda (on Hernandez Macias 87) is equally soulful, unassuming and delicious.  Set in a tiny colonial-era house, you could easily walk by were it not for the long line of eager patrons that appears as Lavanda takes no reservation.  I can, however, not think of a cozier, more satisfying, ingredient-true and simply fantastic brunch.  Best for brunch or lunch.

El Manantial (on Barranca 78) is housed in an old cantina with swinging doors and all.  The hike up to it will whet your appetite for the most spectacular yet completely unpretentious seafood gloriousness.  Aguachiles (Chile-cured ceviche) and tostadas heaped with all the bounty of the sea served with the most delicious ginger margarita Mexico has to offer.  Best for drinks and dinner.  

La Mezcaleria (on Correo 47) is my go-to place for fantastic cocktails or a smoky mezcal served in all its glory with a side of orange, agave worm salt, oaxaca cheese and fried grasshoppers.  One of the chefs is Swedish and the small plate menu reflects the Swedexican fusion of wild flavor combinations.  Best for drinks and light dinner. 

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Stephanie Carendi is a member of Gem X Core. Instagram: @vcarendi

Gem X City Guide: Boston, USA

Compiled by Karen Stone Talwar, Gem X Member, Founder of Adventures in Art

 

 

Once referred to as the “Hub of the Universe”, today, it is considered one of the most sophisticated cities in the US, with 60 fine museums, elegant dining and of course a mecca to many of the top schools in the world. Charming while at the same time being historical, I have a special fondness for Boston as I grew up in its suburbs. From the wonderful cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the Charles River which separates Boston from Cambridge to the beautiful parks, swan boats and the beaches nearby – you can’t help but falling in love. 
 
DAY 1: DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

Start off your jewelry tour with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115) and head to the Rita and Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery.  (The museum is temporarily closed so do call first regarding reopening dates/times). The Collection spans over 6,000 years and features adornments that represent a wide array of materials, techniques and functions. 

As you wander through the numerous wings, I highly recommend spending some time looking at the jewelry in paintings, whether it is the Edwardian rings, the cufflinks in the paintings, or the tiara’s – train your eye to spot the glimmer and sparkle. When you need a break, get lunch at the museum, at either 465 Bar and Restaurant or the New American Café.

After you have had your fill, head over to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115)– a good seven-minute walk that will help with all the sensory overload.   This museum is one of my favorites. A highlight for all jewelry lovers is the iconic portrait by John Singer Sargent, Isabella is wearing her famous string of pearls, which she proudly donned at the Museum’s opening in 1903. Her husband Jack purchased the first 44 of her pearls in London in 1874.  “Sargent had a hard time getting the painting just right. He painted her in a low-cut black dress, her bosom thrust slightly forward and a string of pearls circling her waist, to emphasize her figure.”

Another jewelry highlight is to spend time in front of the Mary Tudor, the Queen of England’s portrait by Antonis Mor 1554.  This portrait of the first queen regnant of England was commissioned by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor on the occasion of his son, King Philip’s marriage to Queen Mary I. It hangs in the Dutch Room of the Museum. “Queen Mary wears this stunning brooch pinned to the front of her gown. It is this jewel which has added to the confusion surrounding both pearls. Many writers have assumed that Philip II mounted La Peregrina on this brooch before giving it to his bride.” Here you can view the amazing necklace that includes the La Peregrina Pearl and also spend time looking at her rings, her belt and her jeweled headpiece.

Fun Fact: Elizabeth Taylor’s world-famous La Peregrina pearl, which sold at auction for a record $11.8 million, was eaten by her dog shortly after she received it as a Valentine’s Day gift from Richard Burton.

Have a cup of afternoon tea in the beautiful Renzo Piano-designed Café G after you have played “find that jewels in the painting” game.  I do it all the time!

Return to your hotel. There are many fine choices in Boston from the Mandarin Oriental (776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199), Four Season’s (200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199) and The Newbury Boston (formerly the Taj Boston | 1 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116)  to a wonderful B n B – No 284 (284 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115) on Commonwealth Avenue.  Others to consider is the great XV Beacon (284 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115) or the funky Verb Hotel (1271 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215).

Enjoy a stroll in the Boston Gardens before dusk, or head over to the cobblestones of Beacon Hill. Enjoy a meal at one of Boston’s fine dining restaurants.

Relax and get ready for another day of jewelry and gems.

DAY 2: NEWBURY STREET, SOUTH END & CAMBRIDGE 

 

Start your morning with a walk along the Charles River which is the central feature dividing Boston from Cambridge.  Season permitting you will see the college teams sculling during the early mornings.

After breakfast, head to Newbury Street and I have two wonderful suggestions: GEMBox and Tiina Smith Jewelry Gallery– are boutique establishments that you should not miss (do make an appointment at The GemBox).  Of course, you can find other high-end brands you know like Tiffany, Sherve Crump & Low (old Boston establishment) Cartier, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels. 

Tiina Smith Jewelry Gallery (121 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116), offers an ever-evolving collection of exceptional 20th and 21st century jewelry from the most important makers each selected for its exquisite design, uncompromising craftsmanship and uniqueness. Longtime vintage jewelry collector and former Wall Street investor, Tiina Smith, brings a distinctly feminine flair to her mix of extraordinary jewels.  Tiina combines a connoisseur’s expertise with a collector’s enthusiasm.

The GEMBox (38 Newbury St, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116) is a private high-end jewelry atelier, the brainchild of Sharon Roop. After a 30-year award-winning career with one of the most preeminent luxury retailers in the world, Sharon Roop knew it was time to make her vision a reality. And thus, was born, GEMBox. Sharon Roop and her remarkable ability to find the perfect gemstone, collectable piece of jewelry or exquisite designers – an intimate and exclusive experience is assured. GEMBox has the ability to source jewelry from today’s most coveted designers, the most collectable of estate pieces and object d’art, as well as the best in colored gemstones and diamonds.

FYI – The GEMBox has one of the most wonderful jewelry Instagram’s that I follow daily.

After you are done browsing the other shops that might pique your interest on Newbury Street head over to the South End of Boston.  The South End is a culturally rich neighborhood with restored Victorian row houses surrounding charming English-style squares.

As you stroll around plan to stop at M Flynn (40 Waltham St, Boston, MA 02118).  A selection of fine custom, vintage & costume jewelry is sold in a glam industrial space. M. Flynn is a jewelry and accessories retail boutique and custom design studio owned by jeweler/designer sister duo Megan and Moria Flynn. They founded the business over 10 years ago, originally selling their unique pieces wholesale to over 80 specialty boutiques around the U.S. In response to their expanding Boston customer base, they opened their flagship store in Boston’s South End in 2009.

Now make sure you make time to cross the Charles river and give Cambridge a fair amount of time. Nothing beats the charm of Harvard Square, the Harvard Quad and of course the Coop. Have a coffee in the wonderful redesigned Harvard Fogg Museum (32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138), a Renzo Piano masterpiece.  It is renowned for its holdings of Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings from the Middle Ages to the present. Particular strengths include Italian Renaissance, British Pre-Raphaelite, and French art of the 19th century, as well as 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and drawings.  And do play the “jewelry in the painting” game.

Fuel up at Jenny’s Cafe, located in the Museums’ courtyard, provides the delicious nibbles—and caffeine.

Then you can cross the quad and go to The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH). It is committed to the development and preservation of world-class collections of minerals, rocks, ores, meteorites and gems for research, education, and public display.  Over 3,000 mineral, rock, gem, and meteorite specimens from the MGMH collections are on display in our public gallery.

Now it’s time to visit to visit the Mobilia Gallery. Artists, critics, and collectors habitually rejoice at Mobilia openings, and they don’t just come for the drinks. Libby and Jo Anne Cooper two sisters exhibit and sell the creations of some of the world’s leading jewelry artists—and often invite the artists to talk about their work. Mobilia Gallery features 20th and 21st century decorative art, sculpture, and studio jewelry.

One last stop before you rest your feet and jewelry eyes. Every person I spoke to mentioned you have to visit Quadrum Gallery (The Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467) at The Shops at Chestnut Hill, definitely worth a short taxi ride. For over 39 years, Quadrum Gallery, has paved its own way, formed its own niche, and outshined ordinary jewelry stores both locally and across the US. There’s something to be said about a store that can march to the beat of its own drum and their success is because of this. Cynthia Kagan – the owner of Quadrum – had the passion and vision of creating this space known for its unique and exciting mix of artisans and jewelry designers.

Return to your hotel and confirm your dinner reservations. A wonderful meal awaits you.

DAY 3: NORTH SHORE – SALEM AND MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

 

On day three head out to the North Shore and your first stop is Salem, MA. Located just 45 minutes north of Boston, Salem is best known for the witch trials. But the real attraction is the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) (161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970). PEM holds an extraordinary collection of fashion, including items from the closet of fashion maven Iris Apfel, an American clothing collection among the ten best in the country, and the largest and most important shoe collection in the U.S.

You are in for a treat to see the Iris Apfel Collection, items from her closet – her jewelry collection, sun glasses etc.… in the The Carl & Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery at PEM.

Have lunch in the courtyard in front of the great Anish Kapoor sculpture and the actual Merchant’s China house – Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Salem is a magical seaport town.  Stroll to The House of Seven Gables (made famous by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel) The Salem Witch Museum.

Travel along the shore to Manchester by The Sea and definitely stop along the way to have a lobster roll or New England Chowder.

My favorite jewelry find on the North Shore is Gladstone (36 ½, Union St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944), an intimate and inspiring fine jewelry gallery destination. Located in the picturesque coastal town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gladstone offers a curated mix of designer, vintage, and antique fine jewelry. The selection is out of the ordinary, with beautiful museum-like displays that draw one in and require second looks. Their signature gemstone orb caged pendant and handmade cabochon locket designs, are favorites among their followers. In addition, the gallery hosts seasonal designer jewelry trunk shows with many of their nationally acclaimed designers and presents rotating exhibitions of work by upcoming and established fine artists.

Return to Salem to stay at the Merchant Salem House (148 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970) – an exquisite Boutique Hotel in the heart of Salem. Another downtown alternative is the historic Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA).

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Karen Stone Talwar is a member of Gem X. She is the Founder of Adventures in Art.

WHAT GEM X HAS BEEN UP TO

Gemflix Passes 50th Milestone & Nears $20k in Charitable Donations

We are so proud to have recently passed 50+ online jewelry conversations!  Each of these have special in their way own, highlighting perspectives, subjects, and sources of inspiration that we hope will broaden your jewelry horizons.  You can access all our previous episodes here, and we can’t wait to see what the next 50 bring.  

We are also incredibly grateful for being able to give back to those who are doing greater good at these times.  We have now raised nearly $20k for the charitable causes we highlight here.  We so appreciate the outpouring of generosity and kindness from everyone that has participated.  A heartfelt thank you from everyone at Gem X.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Our second Maker’s Marathon around the world continues.  So far, we have heard from Silvia Furmanovich from Sao Paolo, and Siddharth Kasliwal from The Gem Palace in Jaipur.  Next, we head to Italy to visit with Fabio Salini.  Stay tuned for more!

HIS DARK MATERIALS with JEWELER FABIO SALINI

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