Meet the Gem X Core


Lin Jamison

Founder of Gem X, Bespoke Jewelry Designer, Avid Collector
Born in Shanghai, Based in NYC
Gemstones of Choice: Pink stones of all types (pink diamond, morganite, rose quartz), lapis, jade
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Wedding band, statement earrings, beaded kiddie creations
Dream Jewels: VCA Zipper Necklace (in rose gold), Hemmerle iron & diamond bangle, JAR thread ring, Taffin ceramics
Jewelry Heaven: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Tucson Gem Show


Heidi Garnett

Co-founder of Gem X, WSJ Jewelry Contributor, Dabbler in All Things Gems
Origins: Born in Philadelphia, Based in NYC & London
Gemstones of Choice: Tourmaline, lapis, emerald trapiches
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Engagement ring, silver link ring (that hasn't left my finger since I was 13) and dangly earrings (the longer the better)
Dream Jewels: Vintage Bvlgari Serpenti watch, emerald trapiche earrings (once I'm done making them)
Jewelry Heaven: V&A Museum, crown jewels (everywhere), gem shows


Stephanie Carendi

Gem X Core, Wearable Sculpture Sculptor
Origins: Born in Mexico City, raised in Bogota and Stockholm. Presently based in NYC
Gemstones of Choice: Any gems that inspire
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Prototypes I am working on. Giant Cano earrings
Dream Jewels: An early Dali piece, Lalique snake brooch, quivering Reza Cascade earrings
Jewelry Heaven: A jewelry bench, with time, & a new sketchbook plus a fresh block of wax


Christine Cheng

Gallery Director at Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry
Origins: Born in Chicago, Based in NYC & Greenwich
Gemstones of Choice: Golconda diamonds, natural pearls, antique paste
Favorite Jewels to Wear: My jade bangle, chokers, statement earrings
Dream Jewels: Custom Taffin, JAR, Bhagat
Jewelry Heaven: Al Thani Collection, Albion Art Institute


Levi Higgs

Decorative Arts and Jewelry Historian, Archivist at David Webb
Origins: Originally from Wyoming, studied in Seattle, and NYC resident
Gemstones of Choice: I love Kunzite because of its history, but also star sapphires
Favorite Jewels to Wear: I wear a David Webb twisted nail cuff every day, and for special occasions I will wear a small brooch on my lapel
Dream Jewels: A single powerful ring, or a micromosaic brooch from Castellani
Jewelry Heaven: Any time I get to be alone with something significant, or hold it in my hands. There’s immense trust that is required in the jewelry world to be able to handle significant things, so it’s always an honor when it happens


Deshi Singh

Gem X Core, GIA Student, Born Jewelry Enthusiast
Origins: New York and India, Based in NYC
Gemstones of Choice: Burmese rubies
Favorite Jewels to Wear: Classic, timeless pieces. Wedding band, princess cut solitaire diamond engagement ring, diamond bangles
Dream Jewels: Kohinoor Diamond of India, and Polki diamonds set into gold
Jewelry Heaven: Jaipur and Mumbai, India


Joanna Wheeler

Jewelry at Sotheby's, Gem X Core
New York (suburbs) & New York (city)
Gemstones of Choice: Emerald, citrine, malachite, padparascha sapphire
Favorite Jewels to Wear: A ring on (almost every) finger. My favorite is my grandmother’s emerald-cut citrine which I layer with green enamel stackable rings
Dream Jewels: Cartier Ruby & Pearl Bib for the Maharaja of Patiala, 1931. Any Belperron cuff made during her lifetime. Bulgari Tubogas choker. Earrings by my friend Joseph Ramsey
Jewelry Heaven: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, FD Gallery, old auction catalogues

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