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Come and explore the HardRock Summit 2021 in Denver.

Debuting in September 2021 in Denver, Colorado the HardRock Summit is a new trade show event designed to bring
the jewelry, gemstone, mineral and fossils industries, enthusiasts and collectors together like never before at two key venues:
“Evolution” for minerals and fossils at the Colorado Convention Center from September 16 – 19, 2021
and “Sparkle & Joy” a destination for fine gemstones and jewelry at the
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from September 18 – 21, 2021.

 

The event will span over 60,000 sq ft of show floor space with 200 exhibitors and numerous educational sessions.

It’s made for you – this is your place to be if you are into rocks gemstones and jewelry.
You can be any age, an admirer or trader, crafter or designer; it’s the passion that counts!
Explore countless exhibitions, shows, highlights and more and become part of our community.
The HardRock Summit is designed for everybody – to inspire and to be inspired by
community members within and even beyond your own field of interest or profession.

Join today and become part of this vivid community!
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Who are we? A vibrant mix of people, trades, professions and organizations  from all over the world,
sharing expertise, experience, talent, and above all, a fascination for the world of naturally occurring geological formations in all their varieties.
Nature’s treasures and life’s pleasures – from Rock to Ring – that’s what awaits you in all its marvelous ways.

Denver, September 16 – 21, 2021.
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SPARKLE & JOY

Fine Gemstones. Fine Jewelry. One-of-a-Kind Pieces.
September 18 – 21, 2021
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Ballroom

 Our “SPARKLE & JOY” wonderland can be explored at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

A lively community, exclusive workshops and hands-on training, international exchange, educational programs, and live presentations, to name a few highlights.

Meet your business clients and partners in an inspiring setting which accommodates in-depth conversations and that offers market insights and professional background and services for all professionals. With a large space for the perfect presentation of unique jewelry, exclusive pieces, carvings, and hand-crafted masterpieces, we have created a business surrounding that offers privacy, state-of-the-art qualityequipment, and hospitality areas for groups.
It is your place to meet and grow and: You will definitely spark your business.

It is so much more than what we were used to – a new era that starts with you:
Book your presentation space today. Get our info and application sheet and secure the best space available.

Participation request                                Sparkle & Joy International                     

EVOLUTION

Minerals. Fossils. Meteorites. Gemstones. Jewelry.
September 16 – 19, 2021
Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom

Our “EVOLUTION“ area located in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Convention Center offers a warm welcome to everybody, and sets its focus on US & International trade buyers, scientific institutions and private collectors.

All who are interested will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with think-a-likes and learn from professionals.

A vibrant marketplace for minerals, fossils, accessories and other specialties.

Download our info and application sheet today and secure the best space available to exhibit, present and interact with your community.

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LOCATIONS

The HardRock Summit’s two venues are located in the heart of Downtown Denver, Colorado.
Denver was chosen as the location for the HardRock Summit because it’s a beautiful city with a rich history rooted in nature, science and mining as well as a thriving business hub.
Downtown Denver provides access to incredible upscale and modern accommodations, top-level hospitality, dining, transportation, parking and travel navigation.

You’ll find it easy to get around and enjoy exploring our 2 areas: “Evolution”  for minerals, fossils and more at the Four Seasons Ballroom and “Sparkle & Joy” for gems and jewelry at the Sheraton Plaza Ballroom.

The two locations are within walking distance of each other and are connected by shuttle service. Find all information here.

                                                                         

PLAZA BALLROOM AT SHERATON DOWNTOWN DENVER                         FOUR SEASONS BALLROOM AT CONVENTION CENTER 

Gems. Jewelry. Single pieces.                                                                                Minerals. Fossils. Meteorites. And more.

Our “SPARKLE & JOY” wonderland can be explored at the                               Our “EVOLUTION“ area is located in the

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.                                                                       Four Seasons Ballroom.

1550 Court Place Denver, CO 80202, USA                                                           700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

 

                     

                      

THE STORY

HARDROCK SUMMIT – A COMMON AIM

The HardRock Summit 2021 in Denver is brought to you by a team of specialists, led and driven by its two founders,  Christoph Keilmann from Munich, Germany, and Wolter Mehring from Los Angeles. Christoph is Manager and Organizer ofGemworld Munich, the largest trade fair in Europe, which combines natural treasures, jewelry, and gemstones under one roof. Wolter Mehring is an international businessman with in-depth knowledge and experience in the USmarket, including the development of the Pueblo Gem & Mineral show in Tucson, AZ.

Looking back on 15 years of friendship and international business projects, their strong visions, knowledge, and ideas created this year’s very special and ambitious project.

Their aim is to once and for all break down barriers and achieve a joint goal; everyone attending or exhibiting at the Hardrock Summit will feel and share their passion and vision and benefit from it.

 

KNOWLEDGE & LEGACY

For the first time, the two crucial elements will successfully bring together tradition, vision, commerce, and community, to achieve the combination of “Knowledge and Legacy”.

Going back to the sixties, Christoph’s parents, Johannes and Hermi Keilmann, were pioneers and the driving force for a newly developing market. Johannes became a much sought-after mineral specialist, and created the first trading platforms over the years. An engineer by trade, he was driven by his passion and perfectionism. All his colleagues came from scientific or geological backgrounds and shared the same love – but none of them had specific marketing or event knowledge.

None the less, everybody did what they thought was good, and this is still the case: You can hire great event companies to organise an event, but they don’t share your  passion. Or, people with your  passion can try to organize their own professional events, but they lack marketing or event management expertise.

So, for 2021, a new benchmark has been set. With knowledge and legacy – and with the power and the passion of a great team, the HardRock Summit will unite all people into one community and present an unprecedented high-class platform for all interests and requirements, for trade, exhibition, commerce, and education.

 

CLOSING THE GAP

The big gap between B2B and B2C had to be closed. Over the years, clear and distinct parameters naturally disappeared, yet the habit of these divisions and the social affiliation remain and persist.

There are at least 2 major interest groups – professionals who make their livelihood through sales of products and services, and non-professionals, who are involved for enjoyment. These two groups tend to hold their own events, shows and meetings, and often even sub-divide further to address only a certain segment of trade or material. And then of course, there’s the further division between minerals, fossils and stones – and – at the other end of the scale, the jewelry and gemstones market. Until now, most events were created for and largely  attended by only one of these groups.

 

TIME FOR A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE

The HardRock Summit brings together markets, exhibitors and participants and creates unseen benefits for all by consolidating the entire community in one place.Information. Trade. Exchange. Learning. Business. Fun; all are included!.

That’s it in a nutshell! Everyone, whether visitor, exhibitor, or tradesperson, will benefit from  their participation at the HardRock Summit 2021 in Denver. All will feel they belong. All will get the message. All will achieve their own targets and goals. And all will want to become and stay part of the community and profit from it.

 

DENVER – WHERE HERITAGE MEETS FUTURE GROWTH

Denver was chosen as the location for the HardRock Summit for good reason: It is a beautiful city with a history and tradition – naturally developed as a location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, one mile above sea level. Miners, geologists, scientists and mineralogists have been working and trading here for decades. Unfortunately, their business was getting a bit long in tooth over time, and its future survival is not assured. . Yet, with a sophisticated structure, a holisticapproach, and by joining the two main areas and their communities, a vibrant, pulsating marketplace for all has now been created.

Based on its long history and its mining tradition and the power to grow and blossom under modern aspects, Denver is predestined for the HardRock Summit and easily accessible due to its large airport hub and integrated infrastructure.

Together with their ambassadors, Christoph and Wolter are currently putting together a strong and encompassing  program with a lot of highlights, information, and indeed, a surprise or two – while at the same time keeping  it real and offeringspace and time for participants to realize their own plans and get in touch with other community members.

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COVID 19

Please check this website frequently for up-to-date COVID-19 related information and developments about the upcoming 2021 HardRock Summit. Our focus and number one priority regarding COVID-19 in our planning for HardRock Summit 2021 has and will continue to be the preservation of the wellness, health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff and all attendees. The positive response that we have had since the announcement of HardRock Summit 2021 clearly demonstrates that not only our exhibitors and buyers but also the public at large have been anticipating and longing to return to gem stone, jewelry, fossil and mineral exhibitions, which are such an integral part of our business relationships and personal lives. Various of our staff and Ambassadors have attended other gem and mineral shows in the past several months and we observed that all have been successful as to the number of exhibitors and attendees and, moreover, in their efforts to help us protect our health.

 

We are convinced that we as a community can organize and gather together safely and, moreover, that the public can with great confidence be assured their safety is paramount as we all endeavor to meet the ongoing governmental health restrictions designed to keep us all safe.

We constantly evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 and monitor available information from the United States Center for Disease Control. We have been  working with the City and County of Denver Health Administrations regarding implementing protocols, policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among persons working at and attending HardRock Summit 2021.

Please also note that at the Summit,

  • Exhibitors will be asked to provide hand sanitizers at their booth and the show will have them in some entry and registration locations
  • Complimentary face masks will be available at registration and at each of the entrances into the Summit.
  • The Convention Center and the Sheraton will be following higher frequency cleaning and disinfection of surfaces protocols.

 

For specific information regarding the policy of each venue, you can find the Sheraton’s policy regarding Covid 19 at https://whattoexpect.marriott.com/dends and that of the Colorado Convention Center can be found at https://denverconvention.com/coronavirus-information.

 

Sincerely, and Safe Journeys Wherever You Go!

Hardrock Summit LLC

 

 BE AWARE & SAFE! Again, be sure to check on this site for continued updates and developments regarding Covid-19.

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COMMUNITY

Our target group is one of a kind and we take pride in calling it our “community”.

Because that’s what it is – That’s what we are. It’s you and us and many more people
of different backgrounds and professions, from all over the world, and of all ages,
joined together by the passion we share.

We bring together the entire trade – from manufacturers to retail to consumers
including new segments and new target groups such as goldsmiths and concept stores.

We believe in the ultimate benefit of cross-learning, out-of-the-box-thinking
and guided, but not steered networking. Experience meets future-thinking, knowledge meets curiosity,
luxury meets creativity. Never before was there such a platform for all of us.
Join the community, be enhanced and enhance others.

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PIONEERS

Christoph Keilmann

Founder

Founder of HardRock Summit in Denver as well as owner and CEO of established and leading European mineral and gem show THE MUNICH SHOW and GEMWORLD MUNICH

Christoph Keilmann was born with a passion for natural treasures, as his parents founded the mineral and gem show in Munich almost 60 years ago. He grew up in and with the community. Therefore he is very well connected in the scene and is appreciated by many as a reliable and creative partner.

Business management knowledge, experience and industry knowledge within the entire production and supply chain are the basis for the organization of a market-relevant trading platform. The building on this consists of dynamic processes. Always creative, always inspiring, but also with passion and willingness to take risks. Only then does success set in.

“The HardRock Summit will be the central meeting point for all those who see themselves as part of our community and those who want to be. Besides our ambition to build a high quality market platform, our focus will be on emerging trends, first-hand news from the industry and the joy of sharing experiences and visions.”

Christoph@hardrocksummit.com

Wolter Mehring

Founder

Founder of the HardRock Summit in Denver as well as President of one of the premier and most unique shows in the US,  the PUEBLO GEM & MINERAL SHOW TUCSON

Wolter Mehring’s extensive business experience includes over 30 years in the areas of international finance, real estate and the ownership and management of hospitality assets. Almost two decades ago, one of his hospitality projects provided him the opportunity to assume control of the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona.  He assembled a team of professionals to manage and significantly grow The Pueblo Show into one of the premier and most unique shows in the US. 

As a business metropolis in the center of the USA, Denver, with its traditional mining history and fantastic infrastructure, is the ideal location for our Summit.

“My enthusiasm for creating an exceptional Summit that will bring together a variety of talent, exquisite product and excitement is without measure.   I look forward to joining forces with those whom I consider to be the very best in this field and with whom I am confident of achieving a unique and enjoyable experience for all involved.”

Wolter@hardrocksummit.com

AMBASSADORS

Alan Hart

Gemstones Ambassador

Chief Executive Officer of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (established 1908) and Scientific Associate (Earth Sciences) at the Natural History Museum, London

With 30 years’ experience to executive level as former Head of Collections at the Natural History Museum and five as Gem-A CEO, Alan is a highly networked and passionate advocate for Earth Sciences. With experience in exhibition development, consultancy, education alongside wide ranging links to the gem and mineral industries, he is globally connected to museology, research, trade and dealer environments. As a Director of CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation) and Executive Editor of Gem-A’s renowned Journal of Gemmology, he also plays a pivotal role in influencing and shaping future initiatives.

“I’m passionate about seeking and combining diverse expertise to educate, do business, benefit and inspire future generations in Earth Sciences and all its related fields. In particular I bring my experience and knowledge about gemstones and minerals to Sparkle & Joy to make it the best place for those who are inspired by the beauty, the stories and the allure of gems and for all who are into gemstones.”

Alan@hardrocksummit.com

Manos Phoundoulakis

Jewelry Ambassador

President of the Rocky Mountain Guild of the American Gem Society and the Society’s Director of Business Development in the wholesale sector

With over 24 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Manos Phoundoulakis has garnered vast knowledge of all aspects of business development including client relations, building brands as well as designing finished jewelry. His career has taken him to over 100 jewelry shows Internationally, where he experienced a variety of selling venues.

“The HardRock Summit and Sparkle & Joy will be an epic event that is long overdue. I am ecstatic to be a part of this exciting new way of doing business. My heart and soul is deeply rooted in taking the industry to the next level and I am looking forward to helping make this a successful yearly event.”

Manos@hardrocksummit.com

Dave Waisman

Minerals Ambassador

American geologist and passionate mineral collector as well as Show Promoter for the Westward Look Mineral Show he created twenty years ago in Tucson.

Dave Waisman will use his organizational experience and his geological, mining and mineral collector contacts around the world to help share his love of minerals and the importance of minerals in our everyday lives. He understands how natural science and the raw materials found in the Earth add to our quality of life.

“The lecturers I will bring to the HardRock Summit will tell of the newest discoveries and treasures in a way that can be understood by all. I want to share this understanding with everyone in our society so we have a broader appreciation of our Earth. But mostly I want everyone to appreciate the artistic, natural beauty of minerals. Therefore you will love the HardRock Summit!“

Dave@hardrocksummit.com

Kirby Siber

Fossil Ambassador

Kirby is a renowned expert of paleontology, received an honorary doctorate degree from Zurich University, is a long-standing member of the Association of American Paleontological Suppliers (AAPS) and founder of the celebrated private dinosaur museum, the “Saurier Museum Aathal”

For 40 years, Kirby and his ‘Siber team’ have undertaken yearly excavations, producing some of the finest, rarest and most complete dinosaur specimens gracing exhibitions and collections at various leading Natural History Museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, British Museum (Natural History) and several Japanese and German Museums. Kirby has organized numerous exhibitions that have toured the world.

“I’m convinced the HardRock Summit will be a welcome venue for dealers and collectors alike. It should establish itself quickly as the new ‘place to be’ for passionate collectors and enthusiasts of fossils. I will do my best to make this happen”

Koebi@hardrocksummit.com