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Intergem 2017 draws quality buyers
2017/11/08
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A roundtable discussion on the gemstone sector at Intergem 2017 

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‘Evening Mood with Nereid’ by Roth Cameo

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Paraiba tourmaline set from Paul Wild

This year’s edition of Intergem maintained its winning streak, attracting top quality buyers during its four-day run in Idar-Oberstein. The event attracted 3,200 trade visitors and 140 exhibitors, according to the organiser.

This year’s edition of Intergem maintained its winning streak, attracting top quality buyers during its four-day run in Idar-Oberstein. The event attracted 3,200 trade visitors and 140 exhibitors, according to the organiser.  

“The Intergem 2017 managed to buck the trend that prevailed at the other trade events this year,” said Kai-Uwe Hille, the fair’s managing director. “Our visitor figures are nearly exactly the same as those of the previous year. With regard to exhibitors, we were able to welcome a total of ten new companies, a slight increase.” The event was held from September 30 to October 3.

Martin Julier, head gemmologist at Bucherer, commented, “In over 20 years as a gemstone buyer at Bucherer, I have been privileged to learn of the treasures that Idar-Oberstein has to offer the international gemstone market: Quality, consistency, punctuality, innovation, being able to depend on partners, trust. If I order a precisely-cut gemstone in India or China, I do not receive the same thing as when I place the same order here.” 

Dr. Konrad Henn from Karl Faller likewise touched on the issue of trust. “As gemstone traders and enthusiasts, we are called upon to keep up with the state of the art at all times and to communicate to customers that the stones they buy from an acclaimed trader also possess the assured characteristics. Visitors to this fair have this trust in us as a reputable partner.”

Exhibitors, meanwhile, were satisfied with the outcome of the fair, according to the show’s organiser. 

“This has been an excellent fair for us. The quality of the visitors was high; the presentation tables were fully occupied nearly all of the time. The interest in fine stones remains high,” Nicole Ripp of Groh + Ripp revealed. 

Coloured gemstone specialist Constantin Wild also commented, “The fair was well-attended, there were also numerous buyers of international renown present. The relaxed, almost family atmosphere at the Intergem is appreciated.”

“The Intergem offers considerably added value for modest financial and personnel outlay. More business and more expert quality instead of a spectacular show is our motto,” added Hille. The next Intergem will take place from September 28 to October 1, 2018.
 

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