Headquarters: Located in Davenport, Iowa, USA
Gemvision Training Academy: Located in Moline, Illinois, USA
Number of Employees: 50-60
- 1990 Gemvision Founded
- 1990 Develops 2-D computer-aided imaging and design system for founder Jeff High’s retail jewelry store
- 1991 Makes Gemvision System available for sale to other stores
- 1996 Moves system from DOS to Windows
- 1996 New 2-D imaging and jewelry design product Digital Goldsmith released
- 1998 Develops Imaging Services, a camera system for creating jewelry commercials
- 1999 Develops Image Dome jewelry camera and lighting system
- 2001 Release of Matrix Version 1 CAD software designed specifically for jewelry
- 2002 Release of System Six jewelry camera and lighting system
- 2003 Develops Revo milling machine to produce wax models for jewelry casting
- 2004 Release of Matrix Version 4 offering first interactive design tools
- 2004 Release of Revo Model B with numerous upgrades to increase productivity
- 2005 Release of Matrix Version 5.3 featuring a comprehensive redesign of the software
- 2006 Gemvision's Matrix software wins "Business Product of the Year" award from the Technology Association of Iowa
- 2006 Opens Gemvision Europe, Limited in Leeds, England
- 2007 Release of Matrix Version 6 taking interactive controls to the highest level
- 2008 Release of Revo Model C featuring dual spindles and tool-less quick-change fixtures
- 2008 Gemvision receives MJSA Innovation Award for V-Ray for Matrix, the rendering component of Matrix
- 2008 Gemvision forms strategic partnership with Stuller creating total solutions for jewelry customization
- 2009 Gemvision and Stuller develop and release the first version of CounterSketch Studio
- 2010 CounterSketch Studio receives MJSA Thinking Ahead Award
- 2011 Release of CounterSketch Studio Version 2.5 featuring new Inventory Mode
- 2011 Release of Matrix Version 7 integrating T-Splines technology and advanced V-Ray rendering
- 2012 Release of CounterSketch Studio Version 3 with an optimized library and refined search process
- 2012 Release of Revo Model CX introduces a new Dual 3-Side Flex fixture and remote web monitoring
The Gemvision Story
Today, Gemvision is the world-leading provider of technology products for the jewelry industry. But the company’s mission of bringing jewelers and technology together actually began almost two decades ago in the day-to-day jewelry store operations of company president, Jeff High.
At that time, all jewelry design and manufacturing was done by hand with a rough sketch and tools and techniques that hadn’t changed in hundreds of years. Working in his shopping mall jewelry store, Jeff became frustrated with these traditional methods, and started integrating emerging digital camera, computer hardware, and graphics software into a system to help him communicate jewelry design ideas to his customers.
These early “Gemvision” systems allowed Jeff to sit down with customers, photograph existing customer jewelry, and design jewelry digitally using the customer’s jewelry or building entirely new pieces. Jewelry store customers could now participate in the process, clearly seeing the results on-screen, and making intuitive design decisions until satisfied. Gone were the days of crude pencil sketches, ambiguity, and frequent mistakes. In its place was a revolutionary new way of designing jewelry using technology. Since then, Gemvision has refined this technology into the stand-alone products Digital Goldsmith and the System6 HD Camera System (part of the Gemvision Design Studio).
Around the turn of the millennium, Gemvision embarked on its most ambitious technological advancement to date with the release of Matrix 3D Jewelry Design Software. While 3D CAD software had been used for years in other industries, the ancient art of jewelry making had always resisted technology. But when Gemvision harnessed the power of CAD and gave it a jeweler-friendly interface and functionality, a CAD/CAM revolution was underway in the jewelry industry.
In 2003, Gemvision released the Revo540 Milling System, a CAM counterpart to Matrix to put precision output of jewelry parts into the hands of all jewelers. The Revo Mill Series has evolved to the latest Model C, featuring innovative dual spindle technology and tool-less quick-change fixtures.
Since the introduction of its Matrix Jewelry Design Software in the year 2000, Gemvision has grown considerably year after year while becoming the CAD/CAM industry standard. Matrix is now the preferred software for major colleges, universities, and educational institutions to prepare jewelers for successful careers. A growing roster of distributors places Gemvision products in over 35 foreign countries.
The strategic partnership between Gemvision and Stuller brought about the 2009 release of CounterSketch Studio - a complete custom design solution powered by design technology from Gemvision and built on the premiere fulfillment capability of Stuller.
More than just an equipment provider, Gemvision also offers comprehensive product training all over the world and provides exceptional technical support. User-focused events held throughout the year cultivate a true jewelry CAD/CAM community.
From the days of building the original “Gemvision” systems in Jeff High’s basement over two decades ago to today’s global company, the story of Gemvision is a true reflection of the impact technology can have on an ancient art form.