Distinguished South African artist Johnathan Schultz is debuting a luxurious artwork NFT assortment, Gemesis, which is free to mint and rewards holders with diamonds. The NFT venture known as GemSet focuses on giving to the Web3 neighborhood and showcasing distinctive artwork that lives within the bodily type in addition to the digital.
As a holder of Gemesis NFTs, you’re not going to obtain boring merchandise, resembling a black hoodie with a emblem or a snapback cap, however reasonably a hand-picked, weighed, and measured valuable stone. The diamonds are instantly tied to and impressed by the paintings within the NFT assortment.
Schultz’s artwork inspiration comes from valuable metals and stones that he incorporates into his each day work. One in every of his signature works is the Diamond Fingerprint, which is made from greater than 9,000 diamonds and is the biggest diamond artwork piece on the planet.
Schultz has mentioned his artwork in addition to the brand new NFT venture with Metaverse Put up.
“I ventured out into diamonds after which gold, and I taught myself the way to work with the supplies, from refining them to creating jewellery, manipulating the precise materials for various colours, and making an attempt to experiment and get to know the supplies as a lot as I may,” Schultz mentioned.
Lately, the artist has been exploring one other medium exterior the normal artwork sense – NFTs – and new purposes of valuable supplies. Schultz started growing the concept of luxurious NFTs and bringing his artwork to the world of NFTs. The digital collectibles additionally ship nostalgic traits: from pool noodles to water balloons, pink and golden flags, and extra. Schultz says, “Gem represents you as a person.”
Upon starting his Web3 journey, by means of trial and error, Schultz met Lou Cesario from the NFT platform Vault 721.
“We wish this to be one thing that contributes to the larger Web3 house, and that’s primarily the explanation why we’ve shifted into the free-mint territory. Nonetheless, given the present market situations and the mayhem that we’ve witnessed over the previous few weeks, it’s a little bit daunting due to the market’s lack of liquidity. Fortunately, we have now a really sturdy neighborhood,” Cesario famous.
Gemesis and GemSet NFT collections
Gemesis is the debut assortment of two,500 NFTs that launches on December 10. Every collectible comes with a redeemable diamond, which holders can declare by staking their NFT.
There are three completely different whitelist tiers: Gemlist (one mint, not assured), True Gem (two mints assured), and Valuable Gem (three mints assured). Wishful minters could inquire concerning the spots in Discord or Twitter.
The venture’s creators establish who falls into which checklist, relying on their background story. As an example, Web3 alpha teams and communities (Moonbirds and Doodles, amongst others), in addition to the common NFT fanatic or beginner in house.
“We wish simply the common degen to have the ability to plead and clarify their case to us. We wish individuals who have witnessed and have been affected by the bear market, the collapse of FTX, and having their favorite influencer shill them a venture that goes to ZERO. We’re going to be publishing an software for people the place they’ll clarify: “That is who I’m, I’ve been on this house for this lengthy, these are among the initiatives that I’ve invested in, taken half in, or collected.” Should you misplaced a bunch of cash and FTX, that might be one thing that we extremely contemplate for including you to a higher-tiered whitelist,” Cesario defined.
He confirmed that they don’t plan to divide the NFTs amongst influencers with 100,000 followers however reasonably search individuals who perceive the imaginative and prescient, comprehend the narrative, and need to proceed contributing to not solely the neighborhood however the larger Web3 house, referring to different utilities apart from the diamond element.
“Shortly after the free mint, we are going to launch the staking platform the place folks can deposit their NFTs and start accumulating a utility token, which we’re calling the $FRVR token. This can be a utility token that may solely maintain worth inside the Gem Ecosystem. On the finish of each staking interval, the holders will be capable to declare their Ceaselessly token, after which we’re going to have a rewards pool as effectively. This consists of Jonathan’s bodily items in addition to different advantages that we’ll be saying down the road,” Cesario mentioned.
Schultz has created a number of bodily items of paintings incorporating options particular to the GemSet assortment. As an example, 23-karat gold-plated hats, journals, and different bodily items that he handcrafted and can give again to the neighborhood for accumulating the Ceaselessly token.
Gemesis NFT holders may also be granted a free mint of the second, 10,000-piece assortment titled GemSet, which is dropping shortly after the staking interval is completed and everybody has claimed their diamonds.
Johnathan Schultz has hand-drawn the entire paintings for each collections. The artwork is 100% unique and never outsourced.
The manufacturing of the diamond and different GemSet utilities
The NFT holders may also acquire VIP entry to any of the IRL occasions that GemSet is internet hosting. Johnathan Schultz is a well-established artist, who showcases his work in prime artwork galleries all over the world, and is now attending each Artwork Miami and Artwork Basel in Miami this week (December 1-3). He plans to host occasions at his studio in Las Vegas and in his artwork gallery in Miami. As well as, GemSet is sponsoring the Web3 award ceremony, the Crypties Awards.
“Artwork Basel will probably be an incredible jump-off level for us. There’s going to be a cocktail reception at first of the occasion. After the reception, there’s going to be a VIP dinner for roughly 200 folks. As these people go from the cocktail reception to the dinner and sit at their desk settings, the diamond will probably be there in entrance of them. We’re main up into the mint, and we’re getting as a lot publicity to the people who we need to be in entrance of as doable,” mentioned Cesario.
Schultz has gone the additional mile, primarily measuring, weighing, labeling, and documenting each single diamond and placing them in a sealed envelope with a sticker indicating the reduce, karat, coloration, and readability of every diamond.
“What you see with numerous NFT collections is that when there’s a bodily declare element, you go and declare the bodily piece, and then you definately don’t get it for six to eight months after you’ve ordered it. Because of this, we need to make sure that holders obtain what they count on in a well timed method,” the artist mentioned.
Each single diamond was examined 3 times with a diamond tester, and the method was filmed on digicam. The diamonds have been sourced domestically and ethically within the U.S., the place the GemSet workforce has a compliance officer that did the know-your-client checks.
GemSet pivots to a free mint to strengthen Web3 and encourage the NFT neighborhood.
“The diamonds act as a bonus stimulus as a result of, in our eyes, it’s our approach of giving again. We wish real individuals who contribute to the Web3 house; we wish it to succeed. What higher approach to begin it than by giving again already?” Schultz mentioned.
The entire crypto business, with the likes of FTX, has been in disarray. GemSet creators are initiating a kind of alternatives to offer again to the neighborhood and assist rebuild the Web3 house with out asking for something in return.