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.
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
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!
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→
Dear gemstone lovers,
mine is the glittering world of coloured gemstones. I provide some deep insights into it in my book ‘The Value of Colours’. In pictures and words, I have set down here some of the things I’ve had the opportunity to learn, see and experience in some 30 years as a coloured gemstone merchant. There are stories about special stones and accounts of my travels to far-off lands. Always on the lookout for even more beautiful, rarer and more valuable specimens – and always driven by my passion, my enthusiasm, my fascination for those wonderful colourful treasures.
I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. Indeed I hope to inspire you with it. That’s why the English, German, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese versions of my book are now available to you here in my blog. Simply scroll down a little further, start browsing – and don’t forget to tell your friends, relatives and acquaintances about it!
By the way: there’ll be more editions coming soon. So stay tuned.
‘The Value of Colours – wild about gems’
Constantin Wild (*1964) comes from a gemstone family: he runs the family enterprise Constantin Wild GmbH & Co. KG,
founded in 1847, and represents the fourth generation of that family in doing so.
Wild lets the reader look into his safe and narrates the history of some very special gems. There are episodes from his life as a gemstone merchant, and stories of his family and his home town Idar-Oberstein, Germany’s ‘gemstone metropolis’. The qualified gemmologist tells of experiences involving all aspects of these coveted coloured gems, shows his favourites and explains the fine art of gemstone cutting. And he takes the reader with him on his journeys all over the world, which have but a single goal: that of finding even more beautiful, better and more valuable gemstones.
‘The Value of Colours’ is a very personal (picture) book. The author is an enthusiast, a man whose profession is also his favourite hobby: a man who is ‘wild about gems’.
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‘The Value of Colours – Im Bann der Edelsteine’
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.
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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.
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.
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!
An eventful year is now coming to an end and Christmas is just round the corner. So my worthy customers and business partners can look forward to receiving a high-carat postal surprise: in the limited-edition gem calendar, a different sparkling highlight from my treasure chamber is presented each month!
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→
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→
Heritage – Very few people are as familiar with the market as Werner Fritsch: with more than 45 years of experience, the general manager of W. Constantin Wild & Co. looks back on the changes in the world of gemstones. In this interview, he explains what it is that has actually changed.
GEM JOURNAL:Herr Fritsch, just recently you celebrated your 45-year jubilee at W. Constantin Wild & Co. What do you think is the most significant difference between your work now and your work as it was when you first started?
Werner Fritsch: The technological developments, definitely. When I started here we were still communicating by telegram. Today, the contact we have with our customers and business partners is unimaginable without e-mail, smart phones etc. But a lot has also happened in terms of the way gemstones are processed. Back then, everything was done by hand in the cutting-shop. Today, my colleagues programme state-of-the-art CNC machines to put the finishing touches to some of our products. Having said that, with some very special stones nothing can possibly beat traditional craftsmanship.