Gimel’s Trail of Beauty “God is in the details” Apr. 19 (Thu.) to 25 (Wed.)
The history of Gimel starts in 1983, with the recruiting of two talented artisans employed at a Swiss company's workshop. As the two artists talked with Gimel Trading Co., Ltd. President Kaoru Akihara , they grew increasingly impressed by the company's passion and commitment to making true, authentic jewelry, and thus decided to take positions at Gimel Trading.
The company's office was formerly located in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. However, based on the idea that a good environment is needed to produce good jewelry, in 1985 they constructed a tasteful, combined studio-and-office complex in the hills of Ashiya City. Adding a gem-setting expert and three other highly capable employees to their staff, they opened this new studio-office two years later (1987) in its splendid riverside location, utilizing the expanded workspace to pursue more comprehensive production efforts.
Making use of their many years of experience as diamond buyers and taking the Art Deco style as their primary inspiration, Gimel Trading pursued full-out, creative production efforts. Although this group of artisans had previously limited themselves to high jewelry produced for an extremely limited clientele, in 1991 they showcased their works under the Gimel brand for the first time at the Second International Jewellery Tokyo event (held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba), and today the studio boasts 20 skilled artisans as well as a dozen or so outside craftspeople contracted exclusively by Gimel.
Furthermore, Gimel hosted a New York City office on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 47th Street from 1991 to 2005 in order to showcase their efforts to the world. In 1992, the company built an adjoining gallery on the south side of their head office in Japan, where visitors can view the full line of Gimel pieces. All viewings are by reservation only, and the gallery building itself is designed to resemble a glass showcase with a free-and-open feel.
Every year for a decade (2000–2009), Gimel showed products at BASELWORLD (The World Watch and Jewellery Show) in Basel, Switzerland, continually striving to deliver high quality that represents nothing less than the company's very best. Gimel's works receive increasing praise from professional jewelers who purchase items at trade fairs and prestigious auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's—in fact, experts worldwide expect Gimel's jewelry to become valuable antiques in the future.
The brand was born from the heartfelt desire of Gimel Trading President Kaoru Akihara to "leave beautiful things behind in this world." Gimel's array of elegant, unadulterated jewelry is the ultimate in artisanal accomplishment, capturing the hearts of all who see it and refusing to let go.