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Radiant luminosity: Focus on rare paraiba tourmalines and sapphires in trend colour purple Basel, 19 March 2018: At Baselworld, Constantin Wild is presenting sparkling paraiba tourmalines in vibrant hues and exclusive sapphires in the fashionable colour purple. The colour range of paraiba tourmalines, coveted worldwide, runs from an intense sea green to a lush turquoise blue. These gemstones with their bold luminosity are not just gloriously colourful, but also rare and valuable. “This expressive range of colours has its origin in the trace element copper. Its double refraction enhances the bold charisma of the paraiba tourmaline too”, explains managing director Constantin Wild. “These radiant neon hues symbolise a positive lifestyle.” ...
Exclusive insight into historic gemstone collection Wilhelm Constantin Wild’s antique collection from the middle of the 20th century can also be viewed at the fair. This extraordinary collection has already done a great deal of world travel. It comprises a total of 29 gemstones, among them a tourmaline, a sapphire and some imperial topazes … and a pearl. Visitors can find out more about its unusual history in Hall 3.1 at Stand A13. …
Strahlende Leuchtkraft: Seltene Paraiba Turmaline und Saphire in Trendfarbe Purple im Fokus Basel, 19. März 2018: Funkelnde Paraiba Turmaline in kraftvollen Farben und exklusive Saphire in der Modefarbe Purple präsentiert Constantin Wild auf der Baselworld. Von intensivem Meeresgrün bis zu sattem Türkisblau erstreckt sich die Farbpalette der weltweit begehrten Paraiba Turmaline. Die Edelsteine mit der starken Leuchtkraft sind nicht nur besonders farbenprächtig sondern auch selten und wertvoll. „Das ausdrucksvolle Farbspektrum entsteht durch spezielle Spurenelemente von Kupfer. Auch die doppelte Lichtbrechung verstärkt die starke Ausstrahlung der Paraiba Turmaline“, erklärt Geschäftsführer Constantin Wild. „Die leuchtenden Neon-Farben symbolisieren einen positiven Lebensstil.“ …
Exklusiver Blick in historische Edelsteinsammlung Die antike Sammlung von Wilhelm Constantin Wild aus der Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts ist ebenfalls auf der Messe zu sehen. Die außergewöhnliche Kollektion reiste bereits mehrfach um die Welt. Sie enthält neben Turmalin, Saphir und Edeltopasen insgesamt 29 Edelsteine und eine Perle. Mehr über die ungewöhnliche Geschichte erfahren die Besucher in Halle 3.1, Stand A13. …
It’s out and on line – ‘THE FANTASY GIFT EDITION’ of my premium magazine GEM JOURNAL. On this occasion, I’m going to take you on a high-carat journey from New York straight to Idar-Oberstein. Learn how two American ladies came to create the perfect locket in my gemstone workshop. Learn about the fascination of paraiba tourmalines. And discover the beauty and sophisticated luxury lifestyle of my homeland.
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Self-gifting is a trend that is becoming more and more popular, both in the United States and in Germany. But giving oneself a present – isn’t that a bit crazy? Not at all, say the motivation researchers. People who reward themselves with a gift are giving their soul a wellness break. Nothing motivates people more than recognition and esteem. But it’s also important to have a positive image of oneself and acknowledge one’s own achievements. So even if we Germans do usually find it rather difficult: give yourself a pat on the back. Regularly!
It’s like something out of a fairy tale: at the end of September a Pakistani fisherman pulled a collection of 29 gemstones, some 80 years old, out of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the imprint of a company stamp he was able to identify Wilhelm Constantin Wild of Idar-Oberstein as the original owner. The fisherman decided that the gemstone collection, being part of family history, should make its way back to Germany. He also thought it would be a nice token of friendship between Muslims and Germans. Being an upright man, he waived his right to a finder’s reward. In a particularly touching gesture, he said he would like to fill the empty compartment with some pearls, making the family a present of them in lieu of the tiger’s eye which was now missing from the collection.
“At first, it wasn’t at all clear how or when my grandfather’s collection would be able to find its way back to Idar-Oberstein”, says Constantin Wild. But with the aid of an international logistics company, the collection, which has a high sentimental value for him, soon set out on the journey home. This very week, the entrepreneur received the extraordinary package from Pakistan.
Once it has been examined to verify its genuineness, he will be handing the collection over on loan to the German Gemstone Museum. “Later, of course, the find will be given a place of honour in my treasure chamber”, says Constantin Wild.
Details still to be clarified
It will now be possible to examine exactly how old the collection is. Early assumptions suggest that it was probably put together between the First and Second World Wars, since Idar and Oberstein did not actually amalgamate until 1933. At any rate, the stamp with the impression ‘Idar-Oberstein’ originates from the time after the amalgamation. The high-quality workmanship which can be seen in the photos is a clue indicating that this was one of the earlier issues of this kind of collection, for in later years these were mass-produced cheaply, finding their way out into many parts of the world.
Exhibition at the German Gemstone Museum
Anyone wishing to inspect the gemstone collection him or herself will be able to admire it very soon indeed at the German Gemstone Museum in Idar-Oberstein. It will be on view there as ‘object of the month’ until the end of November.
It was clear to Constantin Wild that the warm-heartedness and sincerity of the finder ought to be rewarded. He intends to transfer a finder’s reward of 1000 dollars to the Pakistani fisherman as a down payment on a new fishing-boat, in the hope of improving the life of this honest man and his family.
When I received a mail on Friday 22 September, I could hardly believe it: In the Indian Ocean, not far off the coast of Pakistan at Karachi, a fisherman made an unexpected find: a collection of 29 valuable gemstones, wrapped up in a little leather book!