GEM X – The International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890 – 1961

GemX x Goldsmiths’ Fair, this new partnership exclusive for Goldsmiths’ Fair 2020, presents jewellery expert and Goldsmiths’ Company Court Member Joanna Hardy who will discuss this monumental exhibition with the Company’s Curator Dr Dora Thornton.

Gem X is a private social club for jewellery enthusiasts. It was founded in New York City in 2017, and has expanded to become a global community of friends, mentors and collaborators. Gem X started from a desire to experience and understand the stories behind the jewels. While working on their gemology degrees at GIA, Lin Jamison and Heidi Kreamer-Garnett followed their passion beyond the classroom. They found few events geared towards young connoisseurs, so they began planning their own jewellery adventures. 

Joanna Hardy has over 30 years’ experience working with jewellery, beginning her career as a goldsmith before joining De Beers as a rough diamond valuer. Joanna then went to work in Antwerp as a polished diamond dealer before joining Philips the auctioneers in London. She then moved to Sotheby’s in Bond Street and for fourteen years was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer, where she was responsible for jewellery auctions worldwide in New York, Geneva and London. Joanna is an independent fine jewellery specialist, conducting masterclasses and lectures worldwide. She is a published author and recently launched an online Jewellery Foundation Course, curates contemporary jewellery selling exhibitions, is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

Dr Dora Thornton is Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Collection. Prior to that she was Curator of Renaissance Europe and Curator of the Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum from 1990-2018. She has published widely on the culture of collecting from the Renaissance to the present and on relationships between people and things, often collaborating with specialists in other fields. Her six books include two on the Waddesdon Bequest, for which she curated a new gallery, funded by the Rothschild Foundation, in 2014, and [with Sir Jonathan Bate] Shakespeare: Staging the World, to accompany the British Museum exhibition she curated in 2012.

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