Show welcomes 42,000 visitors; toasts young design talents.
The Munich Show, organiser of gemstone show Gemworld Munich, has described its 2013 event as "predominantly positive".
Last month’s three-day show at Münchner Messe welcomed about 42,000 visitors – an increase on 2012’s figures – with 6,000 trade visitors and an increase in international ticket holders.
A post-show statement from Gemworld Munich said: "Given the hitherto disappointing autumn trade, expectations at the Munich trade fair weekend were divided. At the end of the last major industry meeting of 2013, the response from exhibitors showed more light than shadow and confirmed the predominantly positive mood in the exhibition halls.
"Although the ‘run’ that some were hoping for did not materialise, overall there was relief at the constant stream of visitors and the willingness to buy demonstrated by attending trade visitors. Looking back, the impression was that although this young event could not entirely escape the difficult market environment, it has nevertheless established itself as a stable and reliable market platform for the industry."
Items on show at this year’s Gemworld Munich included rough and polished stones from a host of large industry businesses and smaller international sellers, as well as designer jewellery, chains and necklaces and accessories.
The show also featured Young Design and Unique & Custom Jewellery areas, showcasing work from a range of international young designers, several goldsmiths and jewellery designers.
Gemworld Munich also continued its work with overseas countries, with pavilions dedicated to Sri Lanka and Brazil, with a new look for the space for 2013.
Young design talent was also awarded at this year’s show, following on from 2012’s European jewellery design competition Young Designers Corner. The contest returned this year with eight finalists selected. At the end of the fair, the jury awarded Greek Katerina Chrysou first place for her creative approach to everyday jewellery design. Second and third places went to Jasmina Jovy and Nils Schmalenbruch from Germany for their technically sophisticated designs.
The next door show Mineralientage München celebrated its 50th anniversary with a golden theme. About 350 gold bars and nuggets from international museums and private collections, some of them world-famous, went on display behind thick bulletproof glass, as part of an exhibit at the show.
In addition, Elvis Presley’s gold phone and biathlete Magdalena Neuner’s gold medals served as examples of Gold of Mankind as part of the exhibition.
The next Gemworld Munich will take place on the grounds of the Münchner Messe from October 24 to 26 2014.