Idar-Oberstein – with a little less than 3000 trade visitors the 31st edition of the Intergem could not meet the expectations in absolute numbers, but as a result of a great number of positive business deals, the Intergem could hold its ground as the worldwide leading small but mighty address for gemstones and jewellery.
“The Intergem in particular, which displays a superior range of products, comes down to the quality and not the quantity of visitors. The majority of exhibitors informed us that the quality of visitors was on target and most of all reported good to excellent” says Kai-Uwe Hille, managing director of the Intergem.
The absolute visitor numbers did not arrive at the level of the preceding years – however the atmosphere was great nevertheless.” This is confirmed by exhibitors like Constantin Wild: “It was a regular Intergem. I was able to intensively dedicate myself to clients without any pressure or haste.” Christian Klein of Ph. Hahn Söhne notes: “We are contented, the results actually exceed the past years.” Bernd Ripp of Groh+Ripp adds: “We had an excellent Intergem”. Heike Faller of Karl Faller agrees: “Fortunately we had a lot of international clients which of course contributed to the great result. There were less German clients than last year, but the ones who came were eager to buy and we are very pleased with the outcome of the exhibition.”
Dr. Konrad Henn, chairman of the trade fair organisation notes a high ratio of buying delegations of renowned premium jewellers especially on Saturday. Among others there were representatives of Cartier, Wempe and Christ.
The international importance was also underlined by more than 400 guests from 32 countries.
Not only the numerous exceptional gems of the world’s leading lapidaries but also the jewellery and technical offers which were presented at various exhibitor conferences, aroused attention.
The Idar-Oberstein company Jakob Bengel presented a highly admired Art Déco jewellery collection modelled after historic designs and Augusta Technic introduced a unique photo composer aimed at innovative gemstone photography, which was also applauded by the professional visitors.
Furthermore professional knowledge was displayed at the Intergem 2015. Yulia Irtyuga, marketing director of MSU Gemmological Centre Moscow impressively addressed the current state, trends and outlooks of the Russian gem and jewellery market. The newly established competence centre of the industry in hall 1 was likewise well accepted. In an openly designed area, the University of Applied Sciences Idar-Oberstein came together with the local school for gold- and silversmiths and the German gemmological association.
Kai-Uwe Hille: “This concentrated power of know-how is peerless and once again emphasizes the significance of not only the Intergem but of Idar-Oberstein in general.” This unique selling point was additionally pointed out by the opening speaker Doris Ahnen, Minister of Finance of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate: “The Intergem is a meaningful ambassador for the innovative region of Rhineland-Palatinate.”
The next Intergem will be from September 30th – October 3rd 2016.