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.

fancy sapphires @constantinwild.gems
fancy sapphires @constantinwild.gems

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Greenery summer 2017: peridot

After they had led a rather shadowy existence, the reputation of peridots gradually began to change: in the high mountains of Pakistan, at an altitude of over 4000 metres, some very fine, brilliant gold-green crystals were discovered. Today, the peridot is among the most coveted coloured gemstones worldwide. Its seductive, lush green hues and clarity have made it a strong competitor of the tourmaline and the emerald. The peridot is one of the very few gemstones which come in one colour only. This stone displays the most beautiful green tones of the summer: its range includes olive shades, the famous gold-green of the stones from Pakistan, a clear yellow green, a light lime green and the bluish green typical of stones from Burma. Very small but beautiful yellow-green stones come from China. And the best thing about this gemstone is that its colour will flatter the complexion of any woman! However, these fantastic stones do have one major disadvantage: all of them are very rare. Fortunately, I have a few remarkable peridots in my treasure chamber.

Sparkling greetings,
Constantin Wild

 

greenery - peridot
greenery – peridot

Constantin Wild meets Katerina Perez

Insider Katerina Perez is a specialist with professional knowledge and insight as regards the jewellery industry. On her website, she reports on the most recent trends in the gemstone and jewellery trade. When I met her a few weeks ago in Basel, we found a number of things to talk about right away. But one thing that always remained in focus was the fascinating world of gemstones. As for the interview, in which I talk about my family, the love I have for my profession and my ongoing quest for treasures on behalf of my customers, you can read it here at katerinaperez.com

Sparkling greetings,
Constantin Wild

Katerina Perez @constantinwild.gems
Katerina Perez @constantinwild.gems

Come visit Constantin Wild at INTERGEM in Idar-Oberstein 30. Sept. – 03. Oct. Hall 1 Stand 101 

 

Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

TV-Reportage „Auf der Spur der Steine“: Constantin Wild zeigt sein Idar-Oberstein.

Am 09. März 2017 um 20.15 Uhr im SWR Fernsehen oder gleich jetzt in der ARD Mediathek (stream) 

SWR-Reporter Jens Hübschen entführt Sie in die farbige Edelsteinwelt von Idar-Oberstein, im felsigen Naheland. Was das mit Überraschungseiern und Mandeln zu tun hat, erfahren Sie in der Dokumentation.

Ich sage es ja schon immer: Idar-Oberstein ist eine der schönsten Orte in Deutschland. Dies gilt besonders für Edelsteinfans. Schließlich ist meine Heimat die Wiege der Edelsteinindustrie. Auf eine spannende Spurensuche begab sich kürzlich auch ein Team des deutschen Fernsehsenders SWR. Die Faszination begann vor Jahrhunderten und hält an. Damals wurden die ersten Achate in Felsen aus Vulkangestein gefunden. Rasch siedelten sich die besten Edelsteinschleifer und Goldschmiede an. Und auch heute noch begeistert der Mythos der Edelsteine. Doch wie ist das möglich? In der Dokumentation öffne ich die Türen meiner Schatzkammer und plaudere ein wenig über meine faszinierende Welt der Edelsteine – und mein geliebtes Idar-Oberstein.

Einschalten lohnt sich. Am 9. März um 20.15 Uhr auf SWR oder schauen Sie auf ihrem Computer oder Tablet-PC als stream in der Mediathek


TV documentary “Retracing the history of the stones”: Constantin Wild shows his Idar-Oberstein.

9 March 2018 at 20.15 on SWR Television and for the next few month at the ARD Mediathek (stream) 

SWR-Reporter Jens Hübschen carries you away to the colourful gemstone world of Idar-Oberstein in the rocky Nahe region. In the documentary you will also find out what role an „egg surprise“ and almonds play in it all.

I have said it time and time again: Idar-Oberstein is one of the most beautiful places in Germany. And gemstone fans are particularly likely to agree with that. After all, my home town was the cradle of the gemstone industry. A team from the German TV station SWR recently set out to retrace the exciting history. For what began centuries ago is more fascinating than ever: In those days the first agates were found in volcanic rock. After a short time the very best gemstone cutters and goldsmiths settled. And today we are still thrilled by the myth of the gemstones. But how is that even possible? In the documentary, I open the doors of my treasure chamber and chat a little about my fascinating world of gemstones – and my beloved Idar-Oberstein.

Tune in on 9 March 2018 at 8.15 pm on SWR or stream it to your Computer or Tablet. Continue reading Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein