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Reviewing the 4th Edition of GemGenève
GemGenève 2022 edition concludes on an optimistic note
By: Diamond World News Service
May 13 2022 8:46PM
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The inauguration of GemGenève by Swiss politician Fabienne Fischer flanked by Ronny Totah the Organiser & Co-Founder of GemGenève on the left and Thomas Faerber Co-founder of GemGenève on the right. Picture ©DavidFraga
The inauguration of GemGenève by Swiss politician Fabienne Fischer flanked by Ronny Totah the Organiser & Co-Founder of GemGenève on the left and Thomas Faerber Co-founder of GemGenève on the right. Picture ©DavidFraga

The 4th Edition of GemGenève 2022 closed its doors on Sunday evening and recorded a total of 4,831 visitors who travelled to Palexpo to discover the outstanding jewellery and gemstones on offer. While the exhibitors concentrated on new business over the four days, the general public could find out more about the world of jewellery, discovering its many facets, stroll from stand to stand and marvel at the exceptional pieces on display.

A visitor mesmerised by the beauty of the jewels on display at the fair

A total of 201 exhibitors took part in the event, 160 of whom were professional traders, in addition to the designers from the Designer Vivarium, the side event for the rising talents, the school stands and those of the Villa, Estelle Lagarde and Eleonor Picciotto. Ronny Totah, the Organiser & Co-Founder of GemGenève, explains, “At the 2022 edition, the exhibitor numbers were close to those of 2019 – with 210 exhibitors – and the number of visitors were 4,850 in total – that were slightly up on that event, where as this year we recorded 4,831 visits in all. These figures are a very positive sign in this post-Covid period dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.”

At a conference

The Co-founder Thomas Faerber also expressed his satisfaction, “A significant number of professional operators were able to do some excellent deals at this edition. One of our exhibitors even told us that, as far as he's concerned, the 2022 event has been the best of all.” The visitors to this 4th edition of the Geneva International Gem & Jewellery Show came from 70 countries. In geographical terms, Switzerland accounted for the largest number, followed by France, Italy, Belgium and the USA.

Talented gouache artist Estelle Lagarde

In the course of the event, seven avant-garde jewellery creators took part in the Designer Vivarium organised by the jewellery historian Vivienne Becker, and, for the first time, we were able to admire the work of the talented gouache artist Estelle Lagarde.

Extraordinary pair of diamond brooches in platinum by Suzanne Belperron circa 1940. Provenance from Noble French Family

In the space dedicated to the Rising talents, GemGenève presented seven talented designers, five emerging talents and two consolidated names. Last but not least, on the initiative of Thomas Faerber, GemGenève was honoured to host the “Strong and Precious – Ukrainian Jewellers” stand, which displayed the creations of 11 designers from Ukraine.

Strong & Precious Ukranian jewellers showcase their collections

GemGenève, offered visitors high-level training programmes consisting of the following and more:

  • All 14 conferences attracted a very satisfactory participation with an average audience of 40 attending the presentations. Replays of all the conferences are available online through the GemGenève digital platform
  • 7 gouache workshops presented by Estelle Lagarde
  • 3 exhibitions, including one on the Art of Fire & Colours, dedicated to enamel in collaboration with the Fabergé Foundation, another featuring the work of the
  • Students at Geneva's University of Art and Design, or Head, in collaboration with the Grand-Théâtre of Geneva, and the third, entitled Gender Fluid, presenting works by the 3rd year students at the École Technique de la Vallée de Joux and the Professional Training Centre of Arts 
  • A Touch & Feel workshop presented by Vanessa Cron
  • Various special signing sessions with authors of books on the world of jewellery

Serendipity Paris

Four prizes were awarded at GemGenève, the first being HEAD People's Choice and Grand Théâtre de Genève Award given away to Nora De Kër, HEAD Geneva, the second award was for CFC Project People's Choice Award  sponsored by Tank Fine Gems, CFP Arts Genève and École Technique de la Vallée de Joux was won by  Marie-Daline Baumann, ETVJ. The third award was the Fondation Eric Horovitz Award won by Clarisse Vittoz, CFP ARTS Genève and finally ASMEBI Prize was given away to Alix Boussard, CFP ARTS Genève.

School Awardees looking happy at their achievement

An educational programme focusing on traditional know-how and outstanding craftsmanship  with contributions from cultural institutions and museums enhanced each aspect of the heritage of jewellery from every possible angle: Museum of Art and History, Geneva, International Watchmaking Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Baur Foundation, The School of Jewellers' Arts Joailliers, Paris, Igor Carl Fabergé Foundation, Geneva. Events on subjects linked to the history of jewellery were on the agenda. The Glyptic Arts by L’École des Arts Joailliers on New Modernism by Vivienne Becker; History of Necklace by Amanda Triossi; Enamel: the art of fire and colours a Round Rable.

Moonstone and sapphire bracelet with diamonds, white and yellow gold 

Programmes consisting of presentations of the latest trends, conferences on the history of jewellery, the gemmology of colours, training sessions, round tables and a Touch & Feel workshop were conducted. The 2021 edition winner of the award, Hugo Massy, who at that time was a student at the École Technique de la Vallée de Joux, won the prize for his Gold & Black creation. This summer, the young artist will be taking advantage of a work experience opportunity in a jewellery workshop in Geneva. The key digital partners in the world of jewellery, namely Richa Goyal Sikri, Katerina Perez, Jewelsandthegang, Levi Higgs, Donna Jewel, TheDiamondTalk, HER Jewels, Le Gemmologue, The DiamondsGirl, Champagne Gem, and many more gave live talks. 

The next edition of the spectacular GemGenève will take place in May 2023. Save the date!

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