‘The Value of Colours’ by Constantin Wild goes digital

Dear gemstone lovers,
mine is the glittering world of coloured gemstones. I provide some deep insights into it in my book ‘The Value of Colours’. In pictures and words, I have set down here some of the things I’ve had the opportunity to learn, see and experience in some 30 years as a coloured gemstone merchant. There are stories about special stones and accounts of my travels to far-off lands. Always on the lookout for even more beautiful, rarer and more valuable specimens – and always driven by my passion, my enthusiasm, my fascination for those wonderful colourful treasures.

I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. Indeed I hope to inspire you with it. That’s why the English, German, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese versions of my book are now available to you here in my blog. Simply scroll down a little further, start browsing – and don’t forget to tell your friends, relatives and acquaintances about it!

By the way: there’ll be more editions coming soon. So stay tuned.

Sparkling greetings
Constantin Wild

English edition:
‘The Value of Colours – wild about gems’

Constantin Wild (*1964) comes from a gemstone family: he runs the family enterprise Constantin Wild GmbH & Co. KG,
founded in 1847, and represents the fourth generation of that family in doing so.

Wild lets the reader look into his safe and narrates the history of some very special gems. There are episodes from his life as a gemstone merchant, and stories of his family and his home town Idar-Oberstein, Germany’s ‘gemstone metropolis’. The qualified gemmologist tells of experiences involving all aspects of these coveted coloured gems, shows his favourites and explains the fine art of gemstone cutting. And he takes the reader with him on his journeys all over the world, which have but a single goal: that of finding even more beautiful, better and more valuable gemstones.

‘The Value of Colours’ is a very personal (picture) book. The author is an enthusiast, a man whose profession is also his favourite hobby: a man who is ‘wild about gems’.

(click on the book to zoom)

Deutsche Edition:
‘The Value of Colours – Im Bann der Edelsteine’

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And the winner is: coloured gemstone supplier of the year 2017

Gems trust Wild! The readers of the prestigious ‘Diamantbericht’ know that too. I’m delighted to have been chosen as coloured gemstone supplier of the year for the second time in a row.

Constantin Wild - coloured gemstone supplier of the year 2017
Constantin Wild – coloured gemstone supplier of the year 2017

Particularly in my line of business, and in today’s times, fairness and transparency are more important than ever before. So at Constantin Wild, we put our trust in long-term relationships and a family rapport with all our partners. And what’s more: I am still personally acquainted with every single one of my stones. I know their first names and their life stories. This award from the ‘Diamantbericht’ shows that we’re on the right road. … Continue reading And the winner is: coloured gemstone supplier of the year 2017

Enchanté: the savoir-vivre edition of the Gem Journal 2017

Hot off the press: the ‘savoir-vivre’ edition of the Gem Journal.

May I invite you on a fascinating journey this time too? What city embodies that feeling of luxury better than Paris, the ‘capital of haute-joaillerie’? Yet even the most magnificent item of jewellery needs a perfectly cut stone: so what a good thing Idar-Oberstein is not far away. Quite apart from which it’s possible to live a life of luxury in my home town too. In my magazine, you can find out plenty of things worth knowing about Franco-German gemstone history. And you’ll also see that my chamber contains some sparkling treasures in the colours of the tricolore

Constantin wild - The savoir-vivre edition of the Gem Journal 2017
Constantin wild – The savoir-vivre edition of the Gem Journal 2017

It only remains for me to wish you a good browse and read!

Read our last issues online here

Heralds of spring – greenery

Whilst Mother Nature keeps us waiting, the world of fashion has long chosen its favourite green of the 2017 season: Greenery from the House of Pantone.

I had a chat with Jewellery News Asia (JNA) on the subject of green gemstones.

Jewellery News Asia: What are some of your fine green gemstones that you’ll be showcasing this year?

Constantin Wild: This year I have chosen four stones: first, the green demantoid from Russia, which is globally unique thanks to its needle-shaped, so-called ‘horsetail’ inclusions. Second, the chrome tourmaline from Africa, a rare variety of green tourmaline with a captivatingly intense green colour. Third, the tsavorite garnet with its manifold shades of green. And last but not least the peridot from Pakistan with its convincing size and its colour, which matches the Pantone shade ‘Greenery’. According to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2017, ‘Greenery’ is one of this season’s on-trend colours.

JNA: What is it about green gemstones that appeal to people?

CW: We connect the colour green with nature, life and growth so green stones remind us of our desire for vitality and hope. They are a perfect match for the springtime, a time of transformation and new beginnings. And when we gaze longer at them we perceive something magical in green stones.

I personally connect ‘green’ stones, independently of their colour, with the aspiration for sustainable production. Ultimately I would like beautiful women to be able to wear our gemstones with a clear conscience. To this end I know the history of each stone and we rely consistently on hydropower for grinding our gemstones in Idar-Oberstein. 

 

Constantin Wild: Heralds of spring - Whilst Mother Nature keeps us waiting, the world of fashion has long chosen its favourite green of the 2017 season: Greenery from the House of Pantone. left round: chrome demantoid front large cushion: Pakistan peridot back cushion: tsavorite back oval: chrome tourmaline right front round: chrome demantoid
left round: chrome demantoid front large cushion: Pakistan peridot back cushion: tsavorite back oval: chrome tourmaline right front round: chrome demantoid

JNA: What are your favourite green gemstones and why?

CW: I love many stones but the diamond-like green demantoid occupies a special place in my affections. Its distinctive dispersion is fascinating because it makes the stone sparkle in all the colours of the spectrum. No other stone can compare. Green demantoids from Siberia are unique; they are the only stones in the world that gain value through their needle-shaped inclusions.

I also have a very personal connection to the green demantoid: I was one of the first to bring this stone back to the attention of the gemstone business. Carl Fabergé already knew that the ‘stone of the tsars’ was worthy of appreciation: sparkling green, full of secrets and hard to come by. Following the Russian revolution the green demantoid fell into oblivion. When it found its way to the West at the end of the 1980s it was known only to a handful of specialists, but this stone truly deserved a comeback.

 

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Sparkling greetings
Constantin Wild