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. Continue reading Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein→
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.
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→
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 …
It only remains for me to wish you a good browse and read!
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.
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.
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! … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from underneath!→
Diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. In the world of gemstones, the famous Big Four tend to be regarded as the measure of all things. So the prices at which they change hands on the market today are correspondingly high. But investors should be prepared to look a little further: for the fact is that Mother Nature has a lot more to offer. These four treasures, for example …
Neon-blue power: Paraiba tourmaline
An unbelievable number of facets. Radiant blue-green. The Paraiba tourmaline looks as if it is moving, as if it has come alive. And that is why it is among the world’s most valuable gemstones. The stone has the element copper to thank for its incomparable luminosity. It was not until 1987 that it appeared: first in Brazil, then later in Nigeria and Mozambique. Exactly the same kind of stone on two different continents? Millions of years ago, they were still one: the super-continent of Gondwana. In the mean time, these neon-coloured tourmalines are fetching absolutely top prices.
Highlight in orange: mandarin garnet
The mandarin garnet has only been known in the gemstone trade for 20 years, yet it is already a much celebrated star today. Its name speaks volumes. Gemstone lovers can draw attention to themselves with this fruity-coloured stone. Having said that, high-quality top-class stones of more than three carats are extremely rare. Both the demand and the price have increased markedly in recent years. That is why the mandarin garnet too is predestined for sparkling investments.
Yellow-green rarity: canary tourmaline
Back in ancient China, yellow was regarded as the colour of the emperor, as a symbol of kudos and progress. But one kind of yellow is not necessarily the same as another. A high manganese content gives the canary tourmaline – unlike other yellow tourmalines – its lemon-yellow hue and vivacious lustre. It was not until about 15 years ago that this wonderful stone was discovered in the East African country of Zambia. However, that spectacular find only produced a very limited number of stones. The canary tourmaline is a top-class stone. Specimens of more than one carat are extremely hard to find.
The green tsar: demantoid
In translation, demantoid means ‘diamond-like’. No wonder, for this rare gemstone has a refraction and dispersion that are similar to those of “a girl’s best friend”. Around 1900, the famous Peter Carl Fabergé created magnificent items of jewellery with this sparkling green treasure, which had been discovered in his Russian homeland. True connoisseurs also hold the famous ‘horsetails’ in high esteem; inclusions which are only found in Russian specimens and thus contribute to their being regarded as particularly valuable on the market.
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. … Continue reading The play of physical forces→
For more than 50 years, Pantone Inc. of the USA has been determining in colours that call the tune in fashion and lifestyle. This year for the first time, not one colour but two have been chosen as Colour of the Year: ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’, a warm pink and a cool blue. Whilst the pink reflects our longing to feel safe and secure, the blue stands for order and peace. According to Pantone, this is exactly the mix we need in our turbulent times – and it goes without saying that the corresponding hues are also to be found in my treasure chamber!
Dear gemstone lovers,
What about just jetting over to Rio? That’s exactly what we – W. Constantin Wild & Co. – did at our Christmas party. While our friend Bernd Bunn whisked us safely down to the Copacabana and back, the rest of the team sat behind in the cabin getting spoiled with food and drink from the trolley. And there was no lack of bossa nova or samba either. And all this in spite of the fact that we never even left our beloved Nahe region at all! Because actually, we were ‘travelling’ in a flight simulator. It was a very special journey – and an appropriate conclusion to a successful business year. Browse our Trip to Rio Gallery:
In convivial company, Constantin Wild, whose gemstone company bears his name, sometimes strikes up a song on his accordion. Occasionally he gives a performance ‘for fun’ together with his friend and teacher.
“For me, music is omnipresent”, says Constantin Wild. His taste goes right across the board, from jazz via rock to classical. He actually had some of the background music for his showroom composed. And music can even be heard in the garden of his holiday house – that is, if he doesn’t just happen to be playing himself at the time. Continue reading THE FANTASTIC TWO→
two stones that could not be more different: a fresh, apple green chrome tourmaline that has a calming effect on the senses, and a radiant orange sapphire pulsating with energy. Yet they have one thing in common: they are both top-class stones – and I will be presenting both at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair and the INTERGEM fair in Idar-Oberstein in October.
Chrome Tourmaline: like some delicate spring growth
Those in the know are aware that the chrome tourmaline is an extremely rare variety of the green tourmaline. A fresh, radiant apple green, for which it has the perfect interplay of traces of chromium and vanadium to thank, is the trademark of this exquisite stone from Tanzania. As the chrome tourmaline has become a rarity, I am especially glad to be able to offer a really prime specimen of more than 30 carats. This radiant wunderkind measures some 25 by 18 millimetres, and its vivacious, natural green has been brought out to perfection by the precise star cut. Continue reading SPARKLING GEMSTONES FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON→
Dear gemstone lovers, I have some high-class holidays behind me, in the truest sense of the word. Having said that, I’m not referring to my own holiday – though that too was very nice. No, I’m talking about the vacation of two American ladies, Marilyn Pape and Shelley Bennett. The two of them paid me a visit in Idar-Oberstein last month. So how did that come about? Well, Marilyn purchased one of the famous ‘fantasy gifts’ for her daughter Shelley from the luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus: a custom locket, set with sparkling gemstones – and a three-day journey to my place in Idar-Oberstein so that she could select the right stones for herself. Our sparkling gift gallery:
days at trade fairs are exciting days, and they are often full of surprises! In June, at the Jewellery & Gem Fair, I had a chance to experience that once again. I wonder if you can guess what it was that made my appearance in Hong Kong so special this time. Apart from the many interesting discussions, it was fascinating to see how little time it took for word of the extraordinary beauty of the coloured gemstones I’d taken with me in my treasure chest to get around: ‘word-of-mouth recommendation’ is certainly the most fitting expression to describe the considerable crush round my stand in the Grand Hall!
there’s a chance now to experience a film version of Constantin’s world: on Japanese television!
The TV station BS-TBS is making a series and looking for ‘elegant jewellery stories’. It goes without saying that the crew were in exactly the right place in my treasure chamber.
My Japanese guests were thrilled with their little ‘tour de Wild’. We started off in the raw stone basement, where natural treasures are stored. In our in-house cutting-shop, my employees showed the camera crew some genuine German craftsmanship. Continue reading BS-TBS presents: Constantin Wild→
If this great selection of extravagant gemstones is to continue to find its way into Constantin Wild’s treasure chamber, one man is indispensable: Gernot Weber. As a gemstone cutter he carries the heritage of the gemstone metropolis within him.
JOURNAL:Idar-Oberstein is regarded as the absolute gemstone metropolis. How did that come to be?
Gernot Weber: Agates were discovered here for the first time in the 15th century. The wild Idar stream, which flows right through the town, quickly gave rise to numerous cutting-shops, in which my forefathers were able to process the stones. Later, jasper and rock crystal were discovered too. When the domestic deposits began to decline at the beginning of the 19th century, the people of the Hunsrück set off out into the great wide world and discovered many other kinds of stone there. But the stones were always processed back at home.
JG:Idar-Oberstein is the only gemstone centre in the world where all kinds of gemstone are processed and traded in. Why does that work so well here?Continue reading Heritage→