Watches & Jewellery Trade Fair

The Leipzig Fair and its customers are looking forward with great expectations to the upcoming MIDORA from 8 to 10 September 2007 in Leipzig, with many positive signals having come from this sector during preparations for the Watches & Jewellery Trade Fair. It is expected that 165 exhibitors will occupy 12, 000 square metres, including first-timers Saint Maurice, Breuning, Horwitz and Anton Hübner as well as new brands like Coer de Lion, Ingersoll and Morellato who have not been to Leipzig before.

Trade visitors will find a representative selection of precious gems, pearls and corals at the 2007 MIDORA. Wolfgang Malzahn from Berlin is here for the first time. Outback Opals is one of the regulars, having exhibited in Leipzig since 1992. They offer boulder and Koroit opals, black and crystal opals as well as opal pairs and strings, with the black opals from Lightning Ridge considered to be particularly rare and valuable. The company shows the special feature of a black opal weighing more than 1, 000 carats and with the extremely rare all-colour harlequin pattern.

As well as gold jewellery, A. Ruppenthal KG is in Leipzig with precious gems, corals, cultured pearls and amber. Among this year's outstanding items are brown freshwater cultured pearl strings and 1.80 metre-long freshwater cultured pearl string in different colour combinations. Ruppenthal is back in Leipzig after a break. This is also true of the company Brasilianische Edelsteine A. Strobl, showing a cross-section of all the precious stones to be found in Brazil. As a highlight, Achim Stroble displays the world's biggest Scheelit stone at 151 carats. His range is made up of 15, 000 individual stones, several thousand pairs and lots.

The Central Association of German Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Jewellers holds its "Young Cellinis" competition for young talent for the second time, named after Benvenuto Cellini, a goldsmith in Florence at the time of the Renaissance. With prize money totalling 5, 000 euros making it the most valuable young talent contest in Europe, it comes to Leipzig for the first time when the winners will be announced at MIDORA on 9 September.

The Annual International Graduation Show is also about outstanding design, organised by the Dutch gallery owner Marie-José van Hout and already an institution at MIDORA. Recent graduates from international art and design colleges take the opportunity to introduce themselves to a trade public. The best pieces will be on show on 9 September on Stand C 604.

The special show of Polish goldsmiths' art is an impressive testimony to the fact that everyday design need not be everyday at all. The Programme Council at the Polish Goldsmiths Association has chosen 120 pieces of jewellery for the special show. Artists have selected very different materials for their creations here, going far beyond what is commonly used. Hemp is combined with silver, for example, or fur with gold, and all of it produced to skilled perfection.

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