Intergem Scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3

August 16, 2005

Intergem Scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Idar-Oberstein is home to more than 500 businesses in the gem and jewelry trade and the Intergem show, which will run from Sept. 30-Oct. 3. A salon-type show, Intergem features 130 of the region's leading companies in lapidary arts and trendsetting design. The exhibitors represent a cross-section of work from carvings, cameos, engravings and beads to cultured pearls, fancy color diamonds, gem-set jewelry and equipment.

Among the lapidary artists exhibiting at the show are Hans Ulrich Pauly, Dieter Lorenz and Tom Munsteiner. New launches include Pauly's debut of a collection of carved gemstone cuff links called Stone Buttons (which can stand alone or be embellished by a goldsmith) in striped and drusy agate, petrified palm wood, lapis, picture jasper, and blue chalcedony. To recognize the 20th anniversary of his company, Pauly is hosting studio tours for attending journalists to learn more about the artist and his craft.

Companies representing a range of gem products at Intergem include Constantin Wild, Groh & Ripp, Hermann Grimm and Wild & Petsch. Exhibiting companies specializing in specific material include Ekkehard Schneider, known for his wide selection of mandarin garnet; Rolf Goerlitz, who focuses on exotic gems like alexandrite and demantoid; Hermann Lind II, dedicated to garnets; and Emil Weis Opals and Opal Country, which are all about opals. Buyers will find many choices in beads by such houses as Engel & Co., Rohm, Alfred Ruppenthal, and Ulrike Weyrich.

In the last decade, the region surrounding Idar-Oberstein has become a hotbed for budding jewelry designers – students and graduates of the gemstone and jewelry design department at the local University of Applied Sciences. The hottest talents are showcasing their works in a design forum, established three years ago at Intergem, called Creativum. Buyers can find artists on the cutting edge of gem-set jewelry design featuring styles from contemporary classic to avant-garde, often pairing gems with unconventional material like rubber, silicon, steel, textiles, and porcelain.

There will be lectures by industry experts in gemology, gem cutting and carving, gem-set jewelry design and the healing powers of gemstones. There will be a fashion show highlighting new designs by exhibitors and a special performance of the musical "The Magic of Gemstones," at the Stadtthteater of Idar-Oberstein. Critics have hailed it as a multifaceted play with elements of classical comedy and satire, as well as mysticism. Among the actors in the cast is lapidary artist Pauly.

For more information about Intergem, held at the Budau Exposition Grounds in Idar-Oberstein, contact Intergem, (49-67) 81-41015, fax (49-67) 81-42418, email, or contact Deborah Yonick (717) 227- 9823,

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