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Selection Stones and Pearls

B a s e l w o r l d S e l e c t i o n / 2 7 9 3.1/F17 V o e g e l i & W i r z AG / SA With four generations of diamond dealing behind them, Voegeli & Wirz AG/SA are still showcasing their expertise in precise stone cutting. The company was founded in Biel in 1918 by brothers Fritz and Hans Voegeli and their partner Eduard Wirz. The three young stone cutters laid the foundations for what is now one of the oldest and most important diamond cutters in Switzerland. “Voegeli & Wirz were among the first ­diamond dealers to exhibit at Baselworld in the early days, when it was a ­professional trade fair in the broadest sense, featuring numerous professions other than just ­jewellery and watchmaking,” remembers CEO Patrik Schaefer who took over the reins of the company in 2010 while ­undertaking training at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). “At that time, we already specialised in beautiful ­diamonds in exceptional cuts”. Since 2004, Voegeli & Wirz has been recognised as an official sightholder on the DTC and is therefore granted access to the purchase of rough diamonds as part of this closed circle. The company also has its own stone-cutting workshop in Biel. “We offer three categories of product: round diamonds in a ‘brilliant’ cut and ‘8/8’ as well as ‘baguette’ cuts,” says Schaefer. “This year, we have invested a great deal in innovation and technology to analyse diamonds and thereby improve and expand our service.” Based at the heart of the Swiss watch­ making region, Voegeli & Wirz offer a fast service and have developed a reputation for excellence in stone cutting. “Our expertise, the extraordinary precision of our stone cutters and the substantial production capacity of our workshops have enabled us to secure the loyalty of ­numerous prestigious watchmaking brands and high jewellery producers. In ­particular, we are able to respond to the exact stone-­ cutting requirements of our customers.” In addition to this, Patrik Schaefer has developed exclusive partnerships with an extensive network in Israel, India and China, enabling him to handle high production demand. Headquarters Voegeli & Wirz AG/SA, Gurzelenstrasse 16, 2502 Biel/Bienne, switzerland Brands Voegeli & Wirz Established 1918 SpecialIties Diamonds head Patrik Schaefer, ceo Contact, Tel: +41 32 341 2181 (-83), FAX: +41 32 341 3684 D i a m o n d s i n e x c e p t i o n a l c u t s Voegeli & Wirz AG/SA · 3.1 / F17 Patrik Schaefer, CEO of Voegeli & Wirz

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