see the new gem!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


A darling designer from Texas, Nunu created these luscious semi-precious cluster earrings. They are just the right amount of festive for your lobes!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Laura Kitsos

These are 3 of my newest designs. I am getting into doming and nesting right now. Also, the mossy green rutilated quartz earrings have 18k gold tendrils which move slightly when you wear them. They are my favorite new thing at the moment!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Anat Gelbard

From Israel, Anat's work is influenced by ancient culture designs and techniques such as Estruscan, African and Japanese. She is mostly inspired by natural organic shapes and only uses high karat gold (22k)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Irene Neuwirth

Irene Neuwirth uses different colors of 18k gold, such as green or pink in her stunning designs. She also likes to use unusual and rare gemstones with a raw undertone and mix them with diamonds.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Vanessa Hirschowitz

Lucky for us Vanessa lives in Chicago and presented her jewelry to us with open arms- she gave us a beautiful collection of completely hand forged 22k gold and fine silver goods- each piece one of a kind. We love her creative designs as do our customers who know what fine jewelry really is.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lina Fanourakis

Based in Athens, Lina crafts timeless and elegant designs from precious metals and rose cut diamonds, merging the arts of sculpture and jewelry design. Lina is inspired by the stained glass windows of cathedrals, and how they use light to catch the eye with glamour, not glitz.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Lucifer Vir Honestus

Not a man, but a woman, Luna Scamuzzi, an amazing Italian goldsmith creates these organic works of art.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Jeanine Payer

I have been a fan and collector of Jeanine's work for several years and am excited to be showing it in the store this season. She really does hand engrave each piece- when I hold 2 of her bracelets with the same quote/size of metal, there is a slight difference in each of the handwriting. At this point in her successful career, it would be so easy for her to cast the pieces and mass-produce them, but she holds true to her original premise and realization of the integrity in her designs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I love Finn for their simplicity but also for their clean, bold designs. They always use 18k gold and a nice amount of it to give each piece some weight and substance. I am absolutely obsessed with the pig!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Gem-A Jewelry Boutique

This is our shop in Bucktown- it's very sweet and cozy. If you are ever in Chicago, come and visit us!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Yayoi Forest

Yayoi is a very talented and spirited jewelry designer from Japan. Her style is organic, fluid and playful. Each piece makes me smile!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Estate Collection

After collecting estate jewelry for years, I am finally putting my collection in the store. These are 2 examples of pieces I have found: The locket is an Art Nouveau piece from 1910. It is 14k rose gold on a diamond cut 14k rose gold chain (to add a bit of flair!) The second piece is a pair of earrings I made from reclaimed Victorian friendship bracelet tags which were hand engraved with the recipient's name on the front and the friend on the reverse. They are made of sterling, with 18k earwires and a black spinel drop.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Heather Guidero

Call me a purist, but I love when jewelry is done simply yet still feels so elegant and polished. Heather Guidero's jewelry exhibits just these traits. Her use of bi-metal and brushed finishing keep her jewelry rich and textural in both color and design. Love it!

Monday, October 15, 2007


We have recently added Gintare's jewelry to our shop. Her pieces are finely hand wrought from 18k yellow and white gold with the use of diamonds and unusual stones such as this rare crysocolla piece. We will be hosting a trunk show with all her work on nov.30 and dec. 1 at Gem. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Gem in October Vogue

We are so excited to have been included in Vogue's article on curated jewelry stores. To be included in the same company as Twist and DeVera is unbelievable! Thanks Vogue!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Laurent Gandini

When at Barney's the other day, I had to try on these beautiful earrings from Laurent Gandini. They were in 10karat rose gold and seemed to be hand engraved. I really loved them and may "wish" for them around the holidays!