A Dazzling Showcase of Timeless Elegance – Champagne Gem

A Dazzling Showcase of Timeless Elegance – Champagne Gem

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GemGenève‘s 7th edition concluded earlier this month on November 5th.  November edition was a testament to the enduring allure of gemstones, bringing together connoisseurs, designers, and enthusiasts from around the globe. The halls of GemGenève were transformed into a haven or the most exquisite gemstones, diamonds, and rare precious stones along with exceptional estate, vintage and contemporary jewels. Each were telling a unique story of origin, heritage, craftsmanship and artistry.

GemGenève established in 2018 by two of industry leaders and insiders, Ronny Totah (Horovits & Totath) and Thomas Faerber (Faerber-Collection) as they recognised a gap in the market, an exhibition organised by seasoned exhibitors, an intimate setting to bring the industry together. Initially started with 147 exhibitors in 2018 and reached 210 exhibitors in May edition of 2023. As the organisers mentioned in the opening ceremony, there was a slight decrese in number of visitors and visits which attributed to the current geopolitical situation in the Middle East and Europe. Given the circumstances.

As Ronny Totah emphasised: “the slight decrease in traffic compared to last November doesn’t appear to have had an impact on sales volumes. The exhibitors benefited from a favourable environment for business, discussions, and networking opportunities with connoisseurs and amateur enthusiasts alike.” He added: “The fine jewellery market and the upper echelons of the antique and collectors’ jewellery market are in good shape overall. Natural pearls, high-quality coloured stones and signed jewels remain highly sought-after. While it’s difficult to gauge the volume of sales and analyse trends, it would appear that things are just as they were in previous editions.”


Thomas Faerber had this to say: “Market conditions remain healthy, buoyed by inflation in many regions of the world, adding to the appeal of high-quality pieces as safe investments.”

Total number of exhibitors in Autumn 2023 was 172 and total number of visitors and visits were 3,218 and 4,579 respectively. Visitors travelled from 92 countries, most came from Switzerland (1,211), followed by France (over 700), Italy (197), Belgium (149), the UK (120) and the USA (84).

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Beyond the glittering showcases, GemGenève November 2023 aimed to foster a deeper understanding of gemstones’ cultural and historical significance. The Pearl Odyssey exhibition was a true example of such. The flag-ship feature of this edition, was a roaring success with professionals and private clients and the general public alike. The Pearl Odyssey tells the story of the pearl tradition and its treasures from ancient times through to the state-of-the-art techniques used in contemporary laboratories, allowing visitors to GemGenève to discover outstanding pieces from among the finest private and heritage collections. The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of Chaumet, the Alfardan Collection, the Flee Project collective, the SSEF laboratory and a private collector, with the collaboration of partner exhibitors (Faerber-Collection, Gem Collectors Bookshop, Heritage Gems, Horovitz & Totah SA, Joseph Gad, Nicolas Torroni, Ocean Flame, and Swiss Pearls) and other dealers including Hofer Antischmuck, Oasis Pearl and Ecija.

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The exhibition provides a platform not only for established jewelry houses but also for emerging designers to make their mark. It’s a fusion of creativity, where innovation and tradition coalesce, giving rise to pieces that transcend time and trends. Hence the “Designer Village” led by Nadege Totah, showcasing five Emerging Talents and four New Designers. For the fourth time running, GemGenève set aside a very special place for the Strong & Precious Art Foundation: Ukrainian Jewellers bringing together six Ukrainian designers.

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Gem Geneve isn’t just an exhibition; it’s a celebration the industry by leaders in all sectors from natural diamonds, rare gems, exceptional jewels with history. Perfect place for networking and purchasing unique and rare stones and pieces.

Estate and vintage jewelry bring a sense of nostalgia and history to the forefront of Gem Geneve. These pieces, often characterized by intricate designs and craftsmanship from bygone eras, tell stories of the past. Antique jewelry, typically dating back a century or more, reflects the styles and sentiments of the time in which they were created. Vintage pieces, while not as ancient, still boast a certain charm with designs from the mid-20th century. The exhibition becomes a treasure trove for collectors and enthusiasts seeking not just jewelry but also a connection to the aesthetics and sentiments of different periods. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the enduring appeal of designs that have stood the test of time, offering a bridge between the past and the present.

You can access the full panel discussion on the Future of Social Media Marketing of Jewellery here:


In essence, Gem Geneve serves as a melting pot where the brilliance of natural diamonds, the kaleidoscope of gemstones, and the timeless allure of estate and vintage jewelry converge, creating an unparalleled experience for those who appreciate the artistry, history, and natural wonders that adorn the world of fine jewelry.

Huge thanks to the GemGeneve team for including me in the 7th edition. Looking forward to the 8th edition: May 9-12, 2024!