Dear gemstone lovers,
what’s that over there, sparkling and glittering? My new Facebook page! Come and visit me at www.facebook.com/constantinwild.gems and dip into my fascinating world of gemstones!
Here you can learn everything worth knowing about my most colourful, noblest and rarest treasures. And you can get to know me better too: I’ll be reporting live from my exhibition stands, on special events and precious moments. And I’ll be very pleased to receive your likes and comments!
The third issue of my premium magazine is about to be published. The entire edition is exclusively dedicated to the French art of living. Savoir-vivre and haute-joaillerie, what do these two have in common with my home-town of Idar-Oberstein? Dare to be excited!
Last year, we were aiming high; this year, in return, we went underground.
The little town of Traben-Trarbach straddles the river Mosel. Before the outbreak of World War One, it had been the most important trading center for wine – even more significant than Bordeaux. The traces are still visible in the fact that half the town has been hollowed out underneath giving space to huge wine vaults; one of which is the so-called „Vinopolis“. It may be used for a variety of events, among other things, for our own Christmas party!
How splendid when the scent of mulled claret, roasted almonds and cinnamon make the streets fragrant with Christmas. As you may easily realize from the pictures, we were immediately charmed by this remarkable Christmas fair underground.
A truly delightful evening and a location full of history!
All that remains is to wish you all sparkling Season’s Greetings and an especially glittering 2017!
Team Constantin Wild – Christmas in Traben Trabach, 2016
An eventful year is now coming to an end and Christmas is just round the corner. So my worthy customers and business partners can look forward to receiving a high-carat postal surprise: in the limited-edition gem calendar, a different sparkling highlight from my treasure chamber is presented each month!
From Edinburgh to Malaga, Paris to Moscow … Constantin Wild has probably already been there on his motorbike. Sometimes he even tracks down gemstones on his discovery tours, as he did a few years ago in Russia …
“On a motorbike, you get to know the world in a much more direct, unfiltered way than you would by car, for example,” says Constantin Wild. “You’re right up close all the time: close to the road, close to Nature, close to the people.” It’s that ‘playing with physical forces’ that has appealed to him about motorcycling for a long time: “Playing with centrifugal forces, gravitational pull, speed. And obviously there’s a bit of recklessness in there somewhere too,” admits Wild with a smile.
He refers to himself as a ‘globetrotter’. He has explored the whole of Europe by motorcycle, and sometimes sets off on quite spontaneous expeditions, as he did just recently in Austria.
And in February, during the Gem and Jewelry Exchange (GJX) in Tucson, at which his gemstone company exhibits every year, he went on some extensive evening motorcycle tours through Arizona. “There’s no reason why business and pleasure shouldn’t overlap from time to time”, says Wild. Talking of which, he was one of the first Western Europeans to go to Moscow and St Petersburg by motorcycle in 1988. “On that tour I discovered some Russian demantoids, which are particularly valuable on account of their ‘horsetail’ inclusions. I could talk about the experiences I had on those trips for hours on end. But that,” says Constantin Wild, “is another story”.
Heritage – Very few people are as familiar with the market as Werner Fritsch: with more than 45 years of experience, the general manager of W. Constantin Wild & Co. looks back on the changes in the world of gemstones. In this interview, he explains what it is that has actually changed.
GEM JOURNAL:Herr Fritsch, just recently you celebrated your 45-year jubilee at W. Constantin Wild & Co. What do you think is the most significant difference between your work now and your work as it was when you first started?
Werner Fritsch: The technological developments, definitely. When I started here we were still communicating by telegram. Today, the contact we have with our customers and business partners is unimaginable without e-mail, smart phones etc. But a lot has also happened in terms of the way gemstones are processed. Back then, everything was done by hand in the cutting-shop. Today, my colleagues programme state-of-the-art CNC machines to put the finishing touches to some of our products. Having said that, with some very special stones nothing can possibly beat traditional craftsmanship.
INTERGEM, International Gem Fair, Hall 1, Stand 101Exhibitors from Germany and abroad come to the trade fair to present the finest gemstones and gemstone jewellery. In a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere jewellers, goldsmiths, designers and jewellery manufacturers can browse a unique selection of gemstones, diamonds and pearls, fine engravings, objets d’art and jewellery incorporating coloured stones and diamonds. The latest products of gemstone mines from around the world are presented here in both traditional and contemporary settings. The range is rounded off with a rich array of accessories, equipment and services for the gemstone business. For Constantin Wild, this event is a homefixture: Find him in Hall 1, Stand 101.