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‘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.

The programme can be viewed in the SR media library as part of the programme ‘Wir im Saarland’ from 3 May 2018: Those who are especially keen to accompany Constantin Wild on the way to his gemstone mine should start in right away at minute 7:00.

SR TV at Constantin Wild's workshop in Idar-Oberstein
SR TV at Constantin Wild’s workshop in Idar-Oberstein

„Stein-Reichtum“ im Hunsrück – das SR Fernsehen in der Edelsteinmine von Constantin Wild

„Nichts besitzen wir auf dieser Welt für immer. Alle Reichtümer sind nur geliehen“, so das Credo von Constantin Wild. Zum Thementag „Reichtum“ führt der Edelsteinhändler den Fernsehsender des Saarländischen Rundfunks in seine Edelsteinmine nach Nunkirchen und spricht über den „Stein-Reichtum“ des Hunsrücks bis in die siebziger Jahre.

Der Beitrag zeigt, warum das Spannende eines Rohsteins im Verborgenen liegt, wie Edelsteine in der Schleiferei zur Geltung gebracht werden und warum Constantin Wild den schönsten Beruf der Welt hat. Bei den reizvollen Landschaftsbildern wird schnell klar: Reichtum ist auch eine treffende Beschreibung des Nationalparks Hunsrück. Denn die natürliche Vielfalt ist in den ausgedehnten Waldgebieten rund um Nunkirchen besonders ausgeprägt. Und die ästhetische Schönheit eines seltenen Edelsteins spiegelt dies in einer faszinierenden und ursprünglichen Form.

Zu sehen ist der Beitrag in der Mediathek des SR in der Sendung „Wir im Saarland“ vom 03.05.2018: Besonders Neugierige starten gleich bei Minute 7:00, um Constantin Wild auf dem Weg zu seiner Edelsteinmine zu begleiten.

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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.

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 

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Let me be surrounded by luxury …

I can do without the necessities!” *

Dear gemstone lovers,

it’s worth having a look behind the scenes in the world of luxury. One thing’s for sure: it has many facets. A few weeks ago Professor Ho, who lectures in ‘luxury studies’ at a Chinese university, journeyed to my home town of Idar-Oberstein, bringing a high-carat delegation with her, to learn everything there is to learn about gemstones.

Professor Ho with delegation from China
Professor Ho with delegation from China

Raw stones, cutting-shop, perfectly cut end product: my company headquarters is the perfect place to take a look behind the scenes in the world of luxury – and that includes the exquisite buffet! The group was particularly taken with the Gem Room, in which I present exclusive customers with a fine selection of particularly rare and valuable gemstones.

On a brief excursion to the historic Weiherschleife I showed the group the origins of the gemstone industry. From the 15th century right on into the 20th, gemstones were processed on big sandstone grinding wheels – using only the force of the water from our very own Idar stream.

A visit to the marketplace in Oberstein, where there are regional delicacies of all kinds, put the finish on our perfect day.

A truly wonderful day. I look forward to a luxurious wiedersehen!

Sparkling greetings
Constantin Wild

* Oscar Wilde

 

(Re)Visit from Great Britain

Dear gemstone lovers,

I’ve said it often enough: Idar-Oberstein is thought by some to be unspectacular, but anyone who has taken it into his heart is very unlikely ever to let go of it again.

Is it the picturesque landscapes, the delicious wines, or the fact that the most sparkling gemstones worldwide are to be found here? Probably a mixture of all those things. Idar-Oberstein is worth more than just one visit. … Continue reading (Re)Visit from Great Britain

Springtime is here! – 2016

Dear gemstone lovers,
when the magnolia in the garden of my house in Idar-Oberstein begins to flower, I know springtime is at the door. But when I see those first buds it’s not just a question of my taking pleasure in the beauty of the tree. I also think back to the time when I planted it to mark the birth of my son. That was 19 years ago – and now there he is taking his school-leaving exams! Time flies. But one thing’s for sure: winter is over now. I’m very much looking forward to the summer, to hot sunny days in my garden with that gorgeous magnolia in blossom. Why not just drop by and admire that magnificence together with me – the magnificence in my garden and the magnificence in my Gem Room too. I’ll be happy to show you around!

Until then …
Sparkling greetings

Constantin Wild

See the gallery:

Spring 2016 Magnolia blossom gallery images 

Wild trip to Rio

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:

Rio de Jainero

Destination: Trip to Rio de Jainero

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THE FANTASTIC TWO

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.

FANTASTIC TWO - Constantin Wild making music with Bernd Bunn in his holiday house. His German wire-haired terrier ‘Arras’ is always in the thick of it too.
Constantin Wild making music with Bernd Bunn in his holiday house. His German wire-haired terrier ‘Arras’ is always in the thick of it too.

“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

A sparkling gift

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:

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