Good Show

The 20th edition of Intergem, Idar-Oberstein's colored gemstone show, held in October 2004, reflected renewed interest in the subject, with show attendance up dramatically over 2003 figures. The boost in foot traffic not only translated into good sales but also prompted dealers to consider signing up early for Intergem 2005. Full parking lots were one obvious signal of strong interest. Day one and day two logged 10% attendance gains, with day three up 25% over 2003 numbers. Visitors from Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Austria, and France were well represented, and the Asian buyers were back after an almost complete absence in 2003. What were they buying? According to Constantin Wild, business was good for fine single stones. The best sellers were anything pink (especially kunzite, morganite, and topaz), orange stones such as Mexican opal and mandarin garnet, and greens such as tourm

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