PRESS: Press Kit – Baselworld 2017

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Press Kit – Baselworld 2017

- Pantone Greenery  (Interview form)
- More than just red and blue: Fancy Sapphires
- The force of Nature: Sustainability by Constantin Wild

fancy sapphires @constantinwild.gems

Press release March 2017

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More than just red and blue: fancy sapphires

Rubies and sapphires are amongst the world’s most precious gemstones. Their fiery reds and radiant blues are unmistakable. Less well known are the facts that both these stones are members of the corundum family, and that this family has much more to offer than just red and blue.

The corundum family, in fact, has everything you could want in a valuable gemstone: gorgeous colours, great brilliance, and an excellent hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, putting it right behind the diamond – our hardest natural mineral – and that means it has excellent wearing properties. Its refraction is unusually high too, as evidenced by the wonderful brilliance of perfectly cut specimens. Experienced cutters know that the colour looks markedly more intense when the stone is viewed from one angle than it does when viewed from another.

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Then as now: the force of Nature

The world of gemstones is in a continuous process of modernisation, but Constantin Wild still puts his trust in hydropower for the processing of his precious gemstones today.

Water is the origin of everything. Especially as it relates to the success story of Idar-Oberstein. For when large agate deposits were found in the Hunsrück in the 15th century, the power of the water in the Idar stream was the only thing that enabled the big grinding wheels to be set in motion so that the raw stones, still grey and matt as they were, could be transformed into sparkling treasures. More and more cutting shops rapidly emerged – and with them, a flourishing industry.

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