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Gem Journal with declaration of love for home town of Idar-Oberstein

Coming out in English at Intergem 2018 is the ‘Green Edition’ of the Gem Journal, our exclusive magazine for friends of the company. The current issue is devoted to the world of green gemstones and the balance between Nature and entrepreneurial responsibility. But it is also a declaration of love for the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and the gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein. The readers will receive some delightful insights into the picturesque landscape and culinary specialities of the Hunsrück. Aptly, the magazine also presents sparkling gemstones in green and shows that a green lifestyle can be luxurious too. “Green is not just most people’s favourite colour”, says managing director Constantin Wild. “It’s also a symbol of harmony. As a family enterprise that is regionally based but acts globally, this accord with our surroundings is very important to us.”

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park - Bachlauf im Hunsrück - Fotolia.de © Christoph
Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park – Fotolia.de © Christoph

 

Multi-faceted exploratory tour of Idar-Oberstein

The fourth edition of the Gem Journal stands for international trends and local down-to-earthness. The magazine provides some unusual insights into the company, goes on an exploratory tour in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, and even takes the reader on an adventure trip to Russia!

Constantin Wild - gem Journal - The Green Edition - Traveling Idar-Oberstein
Constantin Wild – Gem Journal – The Green Edition – Travelling Idar-Oberstein

Customers and friends of the company will receive their own personal copy by post in October. Visitors to Intergem, the international trade fair for gemstones and gem jewellery, can make sure they get theirs early, from 28 September to 1 October, hot off the press on the exhibition stand: Hall 1, Stand 101.

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park - Ausblick vom Erbeskopf - Fotolia.de © Christoph
Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park – Fotolia.de © Christoph

 

Constantin Wild – Proud to be at Baselworld 2019

The Baselworld 2019 this coming Spring is a fixed date in Constantin Wild´s Trade Fair calendar. The well-known dealer in gemstones has been part of this major trade show for jewellery and watches for the last 30 years. Then traditionally, watches, jewellery and gems belong together. In the forseeable future, gemstones will play an even greater role in Basel. Over the years, Baselworld has established itself as a meeting point for the international jewellery scene and has developed from a pure ordering event to an event platform. Gemstones are currently more in demand than ever before. „I am pleased to say, that the immense importance hereof is mirrored in the trade fair communications“, states Constantin Wild, who manages the company bearing his name in the 10th generation.

World Trade Fair for watches, jewellery and gemstones:  Constantin Wild in a dialogue at the Baselworld Trade Fair
World Trade Fair for watches, jewellery and gemstones: Constantin Wild in a dialogue at the Baselworld Trade Fair

No jewellery without a gem
When expensive watches and designer jewellery meet, the basic ingredient obviously has to be there too: top-quality gemstones. The best known brands, the most renowned buyers and the most influential media will be coming together. Sales are traditionally excellent in the environment of the big brands. „We appreciate the new concept with its stronger focus on innovation and digital communication“, Wild emphasises. Continue reading Constantin Wild – Proud to be at Baselworld 2019

Constantin Wild: Imperial Topaz, the ‘Emperor’ from Brazil

“When I was a child, I asked my father what his favourite gemstone was. He answered without hesitation: ‘imperial topaz’. I first visited Brazil at 22 years old and saw the gem with my own eyes, and that’s when I understood why my father was so enchanted by it. I have been collecting imperial topaz ever since,” says Constantin Wild.

Various cuts and tones of the highest quality Imperial topaz at Constantin Wild - Photo © Simon Martner
Various cuts and tones of the highest quality Imperial topaz at Constantin Wild – Photo © Simon Martner

At the mention of topaz, most people think of a cheap dark blue stone that occurs in mass-produced jewellery. Very few people think of the unbelievably valuable collector’s variety of this stone, not to mention the exceptional beauty of the imperial topaz. When Constantin first bought several specimens from Brazil in the 1980s, this stunning mineral was only known to a small circle of people.

“For a long time, the noble topaz was only for connoisseurs. In recent years, this valued gem has enjoyed a renaissance, the most beautiful variety of which, the Brazilian imperial topaz, has become extremely rare,” explains Constantin, one of the most well-respected precious stone dealers and gem cutters in the world.
Continue reading Constantin Wild: Imperial Topaz, the ‘Emperor’ from Brazil

‘Wealth of stones’ in the Hunsrück – TV channel SR at Constantin Wild’s gemstone mine

“In this world we don’t possess anything for all eternity. All the wealth we have is only on loan”. That’s what Constantin Wild believes. As part of the theme day on ‘wealth’, the gemstone merchant takes the TV channel Saarländischer Rundfunk to his gemstone mine in Nunkirchen and talks about the ‘wealth of stones’ the Hunsrück boasted until the 1970s.

The programme shows why the exciting part of a raw stone is hidden away on its inside, how the best is brought out of gemstones in the cutting shop, and why Constantin Wild has the most beautiful profession in the world. When you see those delightful landscapes you quickly realise that wealth is a fitting description for the Hunsrück National Park too. For natural diversity is particularly pronounced in the extensive woodlands around Nunkirchen. And the aesthetic beauty of a rare gemstone reflects that in a fascinating and original form. Continue reading ‘Wealth of stones’ in the Hunsrück – TV channel SR at Constantin Wild’s gemstone mine

Constantin Wild in SWR series ‘Spuren im Stein – Der Hunsrück’ on 15 April

For thousands of years, the Hunsrück have been home to hidden mineral resources. These include precious metals such as copper and iron – and coloured gemstones too. A programme in the SWR series  Spuren im Stein – Der Hunsrück (‘Traces in the Stone’) revealed the geological peculiarities of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. On the premises of Constantin Wild, SWR has taken a very close look, examining in detail the process from the raw stone to the final cut. Watch the programme in the SWR-Mediathek portal.

Coloured gemstones waiting for the final touch @ Constantin Wild
Coloured gemstones waiting for the final touch @ Constantin Wild

 

Constantin Wild in SWR-Reihe „Spuren im Stein“ am 15. April

Seit Jahrtausenden ist der Hunsrück Heimat für verborgene Bodenschätze. Dazu gehören Edelmetalle wie Kupfer oder Eisen – und farbige Edelsteine. Die SWR-Reihe „Spuren im Stein – Der Hunsrück“ zeigt die geologischen Besonderheiten des rheinischen Schiefergebirges. In der Manufaktur von Constantin Wild hat der Sender genau hingeschaut und den Weg vom Rohstein bis zum Feinschliff unter die Lupe genommen. Zum Beitrag in der SWR-Mediathek.

ZDF Info visits Constantin Wild

At the beginning of March Constantin Wild opened up his treasure chamber to two editresses from the on-line channel ZDF Info. During this look behind the scenes, the focus was on master cutter Gernot Weber. What does it take to make a good gemstone cutter?
What steps does the finishing process entail? And what matters when it comes to the perfect cut? You’ll be able to experience these and other highlights featuring individual gemstones as from Saturday 31 March, 4:30 PM CET at facebook.com/ZDFinfo “Schätze der Erde” and twitter.com/ZDFinfo. During the shooting, we looked over Gernot Weber’s shoulder while he worked. You can view the ‘making of’ behind the programme here:ZDF Info zu Besuch bei Constantin Wild
Anfang März öffnete Constantin Wild seine Schatzkammer für zwei Redakteurinnen des Onlinesenders ZDF Info. Beim Blick hinter die Kulissen stand Schleifermeister Gernot Weber im Fokus: Was macht einen guten Edelsteinschleifer aus? Welche Schritte gibt es im Veredelungsprozess? Und worauf kommt es beim perfekten Schliff an? Diese und weitere Highlights über einzelne Edelsteine erfahren Sie ab Samstag, 31. März, 16.30 Uhr unter facebook.com/ZDFinfo “Schätze der Erde” und twitter.com/ZDFinfo. Wir haben bei den Dreharbeiten über die Schulter geschaut. Das „Making of“ zum Beitrag sehen Sie oben.

 

Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean sets off on second world tour

Wilhelm Constantin Wild
Wilhelm Constantin Wild (1866 – 1956)

The return of the gemstone collection of my grandfather Wilhelm Constantin Wild to Idar-Oberstein last year was an occurrence I found especially moving. Do you remember? In September a Pakistani fisherman found the leather coffer dating from the mid-20th century in a bag together with some other gemstones in the North Indian Ocean near Karachi. What moved me was not only his decision to send the collection back to Germany – but also the touching gesture he made in replacing the missing tiger’s eye with a pearl.

Gemstone box with Wilhelm Constantin Wild and the pearl replacing the missing tiger eye

Exclusive exhibit at international trade fairs 2018

The story of the honest finder attracted plenty of attention in the media. Having been on show in Idar-Oberstein for some months, the collection is now setting off again on a world tour: visitors to the international fairs in Tucson, Hong Kong, Basel and Idar-Oberstein will be able to admire the valuable specimen book on location. The exemplary collection shows the fascinating facets of coloured gemstones – from ruby, sapphire and emerald to agate, lapis lazuli and malachite.

Gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean back home in Idar-Oberstein
Gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean back home in Idar-Oberstein

22 to 27 March:
first time at the BASELWORLD in Basel, Switzerland, 22. – 27 March 2018, Hall 3.1 Booth A13.

Come and be enchanted by its unique history and other timeless gemstone classics.
My tip: make an appointment right away, so that you can take your time and enjoy an exclusive peek into my grandfather’s leather coffer

The honest finder: fisherman Abdullah with his children

27 February to 3 March:
first time at the Hong Kong, AsiaWorld-Expo, German Pavilion, Hall 11, Stand F17.

Come and be enchanted by its unique history and other timeless gemstone classics.
My tip: make an appointment right away, so that you can take your time and enjoy an exclusive peek into my grandfather’s leather coffer

Grandfathers gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean
Grandfathers gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean on world tour in Hong Kong 27 Feb. – 3 March 2018

30 January to 27 February:
first time at the GJX in Tucson, Arizona

I’m looking forward to presenting this much travelled gemstone collection personally in Tucson, together with my current collection.  (Group Pavilion, Stand #4000).

 

Christmas 2017 – Why you should give yourself a present too

Self-gifting is a trend that is becoming more and more popular, both in the United States and in Germany. But giving oneself a present – isn’t that a bit crazy? Not at all, say the motivation researchers. People who reward themselves with a gift are giving their soul a wellness break. Nothing motivates people more than recognition and esteem. But it’s also important to have a positive image of oneself and acknowledge one’s own achievements. So even if we Germans do usually find it rather difficult: give yourself a pat on the back. Regularly!

Constantin Wild - Fine Gemstones - Tsavorite garnet, Rubellite, Mandarin garnet, tanzanite, green tourmaline, Paraiba tourmaline
Look how clever self-gifting can be: exclusive gemstones bring moments of happiness and enduring values. (back: green Tsavorit, round
back left: red Rubellite, round
back right: orange Mandarin garnet, round
center left: blue Tanzanite, oval
center right: green Tourmaline, rectangle
front: turquoise Paraiba-Tourmaline, oval)

Continue reading Christmas 2017 – Why you should give yourself a present too

A purple sapphire brings out the shine

In memory of the American singer Prince, the Pantone Color Institute has developed the new colour ‘Love Symbol #2’. With this lush purple tone, the institute posthumously honours the artist who achieved one of his greatest hits with ‘Purple Rain’ in 1984. Since then, violet has been inseparably associated with the musician, glamourous and passionate as he was. “The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be”, said Troy Carter, entertainment adviser to Prince’ estate.

Constantin Wild - purple sapphire 'purple-rain' - cushion
Constantin Wild – purple sapphire ‘purple-rain’ – cushion cut

Fans of this unforgettable musician can now rejoice: the gemstone purple sapphire brings out the shine in this new Pantone hue in an impressive way. Having said that, anyone wishing to acquire one is going to have to dig fairly deep into his pocket, as this stone – just like the pop legend of whom it reminds us – is a genuine rarity.

Sapphires are regarded as exquisite gemstones with many colour variants from sky blue to deep dark blue. The purple sapphire is a particularly rare variety. Many people have never even heard of this stone. Each purple sapphire is unique and much coveted, not only among collectors.

Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean back in Idar-Oberstein

Wilhelm Constantin Wild
Wilhelm Constantin Wild (1866 – 1956)

It’s like something out of a fairy tale: at the end of September a Pakistani fisherman pulled a collection of 29 gemstones, some 80 years old, out of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the imprint of a company stamp he was able to identify Wilhelm Constantin Wild of Idar-Oberstein as the original owner. The fisherman decided that the gemstone collection, being part of family history, should make its way back to Germany. He also thought it would be a nice token of friendship between Muslims and Germans. Being an upright man, he waived his right to a finder’s reward. In a particularly touching gesture, he said he would like to fill the empty compartment with some pearls, making the family a present of them in lieu of the tiger’s eye which was now missing from the collection. Continue reading Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean back in Idar-Oberstein

Five exciting days with Pomellato

How can you put any kind of topping on an unconventional style when extravagance has been at the core of a brand for 50 years? This was the task facing Pomellato’s Creative Director Vincenco Castaldo when he began searching for an idea for the Pomellato Jubilee Collection. He found what he was looking for in the versatile world of coloured gemstones: with 50 really unusual stones, Pomellato will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the company this year, and with it, the beauty of Nature. As his partner in this lavish project, Vincenco Castaldo chose Constantin Wild of Idar-Oberstein, because in a unique way, we as a gemstone manufacturer full of tradition offer the whole spectrum of the fascination of gemstones, from the raw stone to final production, under a single roof.

Creative work in the basement of Constantin Wild
Creative work in the basement of Constantin Wild

Together, the Creative Director, his two assistants Marina De Ponti and Enrica Castelli and myself went down into my raw stone cellar in Idar-Oberstein and set off on an exciting journey of discovery. Kilo by kilo we turned over the raw stones with our hands, aiming to discover the hidden beauty of Nature and set it in the context of an exceptional design.

Joy of colour: Hardstones by Constantin Wild
Joy of colour: Hardstones by Constantin Wild

We were looking for gemstones that had a story to tell. That way, later on, an item of jewellery doesn’t just fulfil a decorative purpose; it‘s also convincing because of its own thoroughly personal statement. Alongside the correct mineralogical designations like zoisite, ruby, aquamarine and dendritic agate, imaginative names like “Secret Garden”, “Foggy Morning” and “White Cliffs of Dover” help to express the soul of each stone.

Joy of patterns: Hardstones by Constantin Wild
Joy of patterns: Hardstones by Constantin Wild

We also invested a good deal of effort in the selection of pavé stones designed for optimum correspondence with the colours of the principal stone. Since at Constantin Wild we can offer the combination of carrying both unusual coloured gemstones and pavé stones in our range, a combination which is very rare anywhere in the world, we were able to fulfil many of the jewellery designers’ wishes right there and then.

Choosing the right spot: Hardstones by Constantin Wild
Choosing the right spot: Hardstones by Constantin Wild

The Pomellato Ritratto Jubilee Collection is not a hark-back to the traditional, but a courageous step toward a forward-looking design. As an exclusive, the ‘making of’ was accompanied by Vogue and Le Figaro. We were glad to receive their editresses as guests at Constantin Wild.

My family’s antique gemstone collection was found in Indian Ocean! Stay tuned!

When I received a mail on Friday 22 September, I could hardly believe it: In the Indian Ocean, not far off the coast of Pakistan at Karachi, a fisherman made an unexpected find: a collection of 29 valuable gemstones, wrapped up in a little leather book!

Old fishing boat, India © shutterstock, Ellya
Old fishing boat, India © shutterstock, Ellya

And guess what, the origin of the collection was soon determined: My hometown Idar-Oberstein, also known as the most important gemstone centre worldwide. Or to be more precise, the stones belonged to my grandfather, the late Wilhelm Constantin Wild, founder of our family company! Continue reading My family’s antique gemstone collection was found in Indian Ocean! Stay tuned!

Aquamarine shines out in Fall 2017

‘Marina’ and ‘Bluebell’ are among the blue tones in the current Pantone Fashion Color Report for autumn / winter 2017. They fit in perfectly with the colour spectrum of the aquamarine, which, on account of its sparkling lustre in the colours of the sea, is regarded as the “world’s favourite stone”. For the first time, the report by Pantone identifies two colour ranges for the autumn, oriented toward the New York and London Fashion Weeks. Whilst New York chose a bold, radiant blue in ‘Marina’, London made a somewhat more cautious choice in the delicate ‘Bluebell’.

Constantin Wild - Aquamarines - BlueBelle & Marina
Constantin Wild – Aquamarines – BlueBelle & Marina

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

Continue reading Aquamarine shines out in Fall 2017

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.

Continue reading Then as now: the force of Nature

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

Continue reading More than just red and blue: fancy sapphires

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 

 

‘Tour de Wild’ on japanese TV

It’s not only German television that has shown interest in the ‘Tour de Wild': a few days ago the Japanese singer and TV star Saori Yuki came on a visit of discovery together with a TV team. She herself is a great gemstone fan and really got her money’s worth in my home town of Idar-Oberstein!

Constantin Wild and Yuki Saori
Constantin Wild and Yuki Saori

Continue reading ‘Tour de Wild’ on japanese TV

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