special interaction of hardness, purity, carat and the expert skill of the
processing specialist - from grinder to gemstone setter to jewellery designer -
is what makes a gemstone precious. Many fantastic pieces of jewellery in shop
windows throughout the capitals of the world are adorned by gemstones shaped
and designed right here in the Naheland
The most important city for the gemstone and jewellery
industry in our region is Idar-Oberstein.
Gemstone Exchange, grinding works, a research institute, a technical school for
jewellery and gemstones and one of the most important trade fairs worldwide the
INTERGEM, verify this claim. From
B as in Bulgari to T as in Tiffany's - the big players in the industry buy some
of their gems here.
yourself in this sparkling world, trace the route of the gems - from finding to
processing, maybe even up to becoming your new piece of jewellery. You can even
transform your own ideas right here. Several grinding works and precious gem
designers are looking forward to your visit and actually enjoy having someone
look over their shoulder. For a choice of companies where you can watch the
work being done click here.
attraction we would like to recommend is the German Gemstone Museum and the German Museum of Minerals both featuring guided tours in
More sparkling experiences and picturesque little
towns such as Herrstein, with its historic town centre, await
visitors along the 48-kilometre German Gem Road or explore the
beauty of our region travelling the Hunsrück
Slate and Castle Road.
Seven adventure tours impressively
convey the diversity of geology, nature, history,
art and traditional craft. Hikers can best discover the varied landscape by
foot on one of the premium hiking trails, the dream loops and vital tours.