Incubated within the pressurised depths of the Earth and birthed with no fixed form, gemstones are characterised by their tremendous superpowers, dazzling shine and the animistic beliefs ascribed to them. Each gemstone, natural or synthetic, is defined by its superstitions, (hi)stories and unique elemental formula. And let’s be honest – whether it is for its spiritual, personal or financial value – we all crave that mineral.
For the first time in eons, a new family of gems is erupting from the crust of the Earth. These gems are like nothing we have seen before: gooey, gleaming, glistening, alienating, critical, ancient, futuristic, digital and bursting with talent. Meet the Gem Zs: a group of eight talented, young makers and kindred spirits on a collective journey through the contemporary jewellery cosmos.
After their period of metamorphosis within the protective caves of art and design academies worldwide, it is time for these gems to reveal their shiny surfaces to the light of day. Unlike the mechanised mining industry, we do not wish to crack open these precious ‘uncut gems’ all at once. We wish for you to treasure them, to allow them time to get accustomed to the blinding lights of the outside world. We hope you will keep a twinkling eye on them as they develop their facets and polish their surfaces.
Gem Z is a year-long talent accelerator program initiated by Current Obsession that offers a group of talented makers from the field of jewellery the chance to (un)learn, explore and develop their voices and practices collectively. The main goal of the Gem Z program is to foster relationships between young creatives, cultural institutions and the industry.
Text by Joannette van der Veer