The 25th INTERGEM this year is going to be an outstanding milestone in the history of this exceptional event. Turning 25 this year, the INTERGEM has not aged at all, if anything. The new residence – the newly constructed exhibition hall, provides everything needed to present gemstones and diamonds even more beautiful and multifaceted than in the preceding years. Fitting its restart and anniversary the INTERGEM has also refurbished the exhibition logo, which now symbolizes premium design in a perfect global facet.
The exhibition hall’s great attraction is noticeable already: 180 exhibitors – an exhibition all-time record – are planning their stands, partially on extended stand areas. From October 2nd to October 5th they will present a vast variety of: rough and exquisitely cut gemstones and diamonds, gemstone jewellery, artistic engravings, colourful minerals and selected art objects made from precious stone materials, on an area of 4.500m².
Trade specific services and accessories are also part of the exhibition. Additional to the 60 percent of regional exhibitors the two resident colleges for jewellery and gemstone design – the ‘University of applied sciences: Gemstone and jewellery design’ and the ‘Professional school for gemstone and jewellery design’ will introduce a selection of their students’ innovative workings. Last but not least the ‘German gemmological association – DGemG’ and the ‘German gemstone laboratories – DEL’ give insight into their large range of services.
On 4 days international renowned grinderies and gemstone dealers as well as creative gemstone and jewellery designers present finest gemstones from all over the world to the expected 3.600 exhibition visitors. Perfect cut is certain, whether for fine single or calibrated stones, since the art of cutting has been tradition in Idar-Oberstein for over 500 years. Another tradition for craftsmanship made in Idar-Oberstein are artful objects made from gemstones: whether a floral bouquet, a Ferrari or different music instruments many a ideas have been accomplished using nothing but the most precious gems.
Innovative gemstone and jewellery design plays an essential role for executive director Kai-Uwe Hille and his team: Besides young designers, special exhibitor co operations like ‘ZeitZeichen’, ‘Edelform’ and ‘Delicatesse’ are featured on declared exhibition areas, where they present art-oriented and creative jewellery and gemstone design. These exhibits are known as one of the exhibition’s highlights.
The INTERGEM is not only a meeting point for gemstone and jewellery experts and aficionados from around the world, but also specialized journalists arrive from Europe and overseas, to keep their readers informed about the sectors innovations. An interesting program and a newly built press area will keep them delighted throughout the exhibition this year.
A visit of the INTERGEM offers retailers the possibility of updating their assortment in reflection of upcoming Christmas sales. Designers, goldsmiths and jewellers furthermore receive innumerable information about up-to-date cuttings, colour and material trends or gemstone deposits – another argument for visiting this unique exhibition especially during the current economic situation. “The INTERGEM is an outstanding place for inspiration, because you have a fascinating range of gemstones and jewellery on the one side, and a remarkable concentration of expertise on the other,” so INTERGEM executive director Kai-Uwe-Hille.” “Our exhibitors are present at the most important exhibitions worldwide and that is why they have this excellent overview of international trends and latest consumer preferences.”
Technical presentations with detailed information about latest gemstone and jewellery trends, as well as workshops from the ‘DGemG’, in which experts comment recent gemmological topics, can be used as training programs for interested exhibitors and visitors. The golf tournament organized by the ‘Goldsmiths magazine’, on Sunday the 4th of October 2009 on the fairways of the ‘Golfclub Edelstein Hunsrück e.V.’ in Kirschweiler has been established as a good tradition for sporty visitors. Alongside the challenge cup a multitude of attractive prizes can be won.
Festive, casual and familiar – after all most exhibitors know each other for years – that is the slogan for the exhibition party on Saturday the 3rd of October 2009 in the Göttenbach-Aula. Thirty exceptional exhibitors will be honoured – all of them participating in the INTERGEM since 1985.
The idea and conception of the INTERGEM was originally developed by the local industry itself and has been continuously refined over the past 24 years. Ideational maker is the exhibition association ‘Verein zur Förderung von Messen und Ausstellungen der Idar-Obersteiner Edelstein- und Edelsteinschmuckwarenindustrie e.V.’ or short ‘Messeverein’ which was founded in 1985. The association organized the exhibition from 1985 till 1988 together with a private marketing-corporation. In 1989 the ‘INTERGEM Messe GmbH’ was founded, its shareholders consist of the ‘Messeverein’, the land of Rhineland-Palatinate, the administrative district and city of Idar-Oberstein, the municipality of Herrstein, the Kreissparkasse Birkenfeld and the Volksbank-Raiffeisenbank e.G. Not these institutions, but the personalities behind this project, who have worked hard, with great engagement and mostly unsalaried, have ensured that the INTERGEM has an independent, unmistakable profile within the exhibition scene today and enjoys a high valuation within the professional world. The centuries old gemstone centre Idar-Oberstein is predestined to host this small but mighty exhibition.
There are enough reasons to visit the 25th INTERGEM. The new exhibition hall can be reached by car over the B 41. A generous parking-lot is located direct in front of the halls and available to all visitors.