What is GEMGENEVE? The name has been circulating on social networks for a few weeks #GemGeneve, everybody is asking: “Have you been to GemGeneve? Everyone wants to know what is behind this word game. The first edition of GemGeneve took place from May 10th to 13th in Geneva in the Palexpo.
A new wind blew on the secret world of gemstones and jewelry, a desire to share and highlight this universe with a modern and elegant fair that respects the intimate codes of the Jewelry sector.
Thomas Faerber and Roni Totah are the founders; two great collectors and gem dealers in colored stones, diamonds, old and historical jewels. Faerber embodies the 4th generation of the eponymous company and Totah joined the home of Teddy Horovitz in the 80s. They combined their talents and knowledge of the sector to create a fair that highlights gemstones, historical jewels and emerging talents.
“I had the deep conviction that Europe needed a fair that was not too big, but of the highest quality, which represents our sector.” Thomas Faerber
Created by the profession for the profession, GEMGENEVE is also a trade show for an insiders and collectors audience. GEMGENEVE is not intended to supplant Baselworld, Vicenza Oro or the Biennale des Antiquaires, but aims to represent a sector of the profession which was lacking in the other shows.
We are delighted to have been invited to this first edition and thus discover talents of high jewelry brought to light by this show.
A jewelry fair dedicated to professionals and insiders
Gemgeneve welcomed during 4 days over 140 exhibitors including notorious antique jewelry dealers, a fine selection of gemstone specialists, as well as manufacturers who collaborate with some of the most prestigious “Maisons”.
Among the gemstone dealers, there was Piat who specializes in colored gems. Emmanuel Piat was nominated in 2018 vice president of the commission of colored stones at the CIBJO (the world jewelry confederation).
The American Robert Procop with his new collection in collaboration with Angélina Jolie #STYLEOFJOLIE. All proceeds from the sales are donated to the benefit of children victim of war conflicts (Education Partnership for Children of Conflict).
The delightful designer Doris Hangartner and her marvelous paraïba tourmalines enchanted our senses with her chocolates and perfumes enhancing our gemological journey.
We love the sublime colored diamonds of the American LJ West Diamonds
Among the reknown antique dealers, Véronique Bamps dazzled us with two pieces: a beautiful brooch by Suzanne Belperron and an incredible necklace in gold and diamonds from René Boivin.
Discovery of a beautiful necklace by the Italian designer Faraone at Trinidad Gems.
A fair that reveals fine jewelry talents
At the heart of the show was the “Designer Showcase ” curated by the journalist Vivienne Becker who highlighted the emerging talents of the Swiss and international fine jewelry scene.
The breathtaking Emmanuel Tarpin amazed the jewelry scene with creations inspired by flowers, such as this hydrangea bouquet brooch and these orchid earrings.
At 25, this French Designer already has everything of a great artist. He swarms with ideas and creativity using aluminum and new techniques for an hallucinating rendering with high quality stones. Keep an eye out for his jewels as they are certainly worth collecting !
We loved the ingenuity of the Caspita House who collaborates with a young designer, Ludovic Lesemann, who hid in a simple pendant, a pair of earrings, a ring and a bracelet. He revolutionizes transformable jewels and challenges technique. We also love his sun necklace that transforms into a moon and the poetry of his work.
“I do not design, I invent!” says Ludovic Lesemann.
The Swiss designer Nadia Morgenthaler, normally known for her contemporary style, surprised us with a collection of high-end baroque rock jewelry and a technical achievement which is absolutely impeccable.
We loved the revisit of the Little Prince by the Russian Tenzo, with a morganite intaglio (=en intaille) representing the Little Prince and a 19 carat emerald ring from the Ural mountains engraved by a French artist.
We love the talent of the Italian Fabio Salini, who likes to use carbon, shagreen and other materials to create jewels which expresses the symbolism of links and love like this ring designed with a rope in diamonds.
We love the funny jewels of the British Cora Sheibani who uses mainly ornemental stones such as for this ice cream ring or these chrysoprase earrings.