Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

TV documentary “Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein: Constantin Wild shows us his Idar-Oberstein.

2 June 2017 at 20.15 and 9 June 15:15 on SWR Television and for the next year at the ARD Mediathek (stream) 

Jens Hübschen sets out to retrace the history of the stones, in the gemstone world of Idar-Oberstein in the rocky Nahe region.

I have said it time and 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 that fascinating history. For what began centuries ago with the first agates, found in volcanic rock, and rapidly brought forth the very best gemstone cutters and goldsmiths, has also managed to make a successful transition into the modern age. But how is that possible? In this documentary, I open the doors of my treasure chamber and chat a little about my fascinating world of gemstones – and about my beloved Idar-Oberstein.

Why not look in? 9.6.2017 at 15.15 on SWR or stream it to your Computer or Tablet. Continue reading Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

PRESS: Press Kit – Baselworld 2017

Constantin Wild: Heralds of spring - 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. left round: chrome demantoid front large cushion: Pakistan peridot back cushion: tsavorite back oval: chrome tourmaline right front round: chrome demantoid
Press Kit – Baselworld 2017

- Pantone Greenery  (Interview form)
- More than just red and blue: Fancy Sapphires
- The force of Nature: Sustainability by Constantin Wild

fancy sapphires @constantinwild.gems

Press release March 2017

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‘The Value of Colours’ by Constantin Wild goes digital

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.

Sparkling greetings
Constantin Wild

English edition:
‘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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Deutsche Edition:
‘The Value of Colours – Im Bann der Edelsteine’

Constantin Wild (*1964) stammt aus einer Edelsteinfamilie: Das 1847 gegründete Familienunternehmen Constantin Wild GmbH & Co. KG leitet er in vierter Generation.

Wild lässt den Leser in seinen Tresor schauen und erzählt die Geschichte ganz besonderer Stücke. Dazu Episoden aus seinem Leben als Edelsteinhändler, die Geschichte seiner Familie und seiner Heimatstadt Idar-Oberstein, der deutschen „Edelsteinstadt“. Der studierte Gemmologe berichtet von Erlebnissen rund um die begehrten Farbedelsteine, zeigt seine Lieblingssteine und erklärt die hohe Kunst des Schleifens. Und er nimmt den Leser mit auf seine Reisen rund um die Welt zu seinem einzigen Ziel: Noch schönere, bessere, wertvollere Edelsteine zu finden.

„The Value of Colours“ ist ein sehr persönliches (Bilder-)Buch: Hier erzählt ein Begeisterter, einer, dem sein Beruf auch sein liebstes Steckenpferd ist: Einer „im Bann der Edelsteine“.

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繁體中文版 – traditional Chinese edition:
‘The Value of Colours – 寶石狂熱’

來自寶石世家的康斯坦丁.懷德 (*1964),代表第四代接手經營成立於1847年的家族企業W.Constantin Wild & Co.,

懷德讓讀者直擊他的寶庫,並敘述了特殊寶石的歷史。章節中從寶石商的生活點滴、家族故事和德國的“寶石之都”家鄉伊達-奧伯斯坦的介紹,到以國際寶石鑑定師的身份,訴說各方面令人垂涎的彩色寶石,分享他的最愛並解釋寶石切磨的精緻工藝。文中還帶領讀者前往他遍佈世界各地的探險旅程,目標只為尋找更美、更好、更有價值的寶石。

“色彩的價值”是一本非常個人化的圖書,寶石之於筆者既是他的專業又是他最熱衷的嗜好 :一個“為寶石痴狂”的男人。

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简体中文版 – simplified Chinese edition:
‘The Value of Colours – 宝石狂热’

来自宝石世家的康斯坦丁.怀德 (*1964),代表第四代接手经营成立于1847年的家族企业W.Constantin Wild & Co.,

怀德让读者直击他的宝库,并叙述了特殊宝石的历史。章节中从宝石商的生活点滴、家族故事和德国的“宝石之都”家乡伊达-奥伯斯坦的介绍,到以国际宝石鉴定师的身份,来诉说各方面令人垂涎的彩色宝石,分享他的最爱并解释宝石切磨的精致工艺。文中还带领读者前往他遍布世界各地的探险旅程,目标只为寻找更美、更好、更有价值的宝石。

“色彩的价值”是一本非常个人化的图书,宝石之于笔者既是他的专业
又是他最热衷的嗜好:一个“为宝石痴狂”的男人。

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“色彩的價值”是一本非常個人化的圖書,寶石之於筆者既是他的專業又是他最熱衷的嗜好 :一個“為寶石痴狂”的男人。

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Русскоязычное издание – russian edition:
‘The Value of Colours – чары драгоценных камней’

Константин Вильд (* 1964) родился в семье торговцев драгоценными камнями. В четвёртом поколении он руководит семейным предприятием В. Константин Вильд & Со, основанным в 1847 году.

В книге он позволяет читателю заглянуть в свою сокровищницу и поэтическим языком рассказывает о своих особых экземплярах. И, также, эпизоды из собственной жизни торговца драгоценными камнями, истории своей семьи, родного города Идар-Оберштайн, немецкого города драгоценных камней. Профессиональный геммолог рассказывает о событиях, связанных с любимыми драгоценными камнями, показывает свои любимые образцы и объясняет все тонкости искусства огранки. Он берёт читателя с собой в поездки по всему миру с единственной целью – найти самые лучшие, красивые и высококачественные драгоценные камни.

„The Value of Colours” – очень личная фото-книга. Эта книга одного увлечённого любителя камня, чья профессия – это ещё и его призвание, одного «в чарах драгоценных камней».

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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

Heralds of spring – greenery

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. 

 

Constantin Wild: Heralds of spring - 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. left round: chrome demantoid front large cushion: Pakistan peridot back cushion: tsavorite back oval: chrome tourmaline right front round: chrome demantoid
left round: chrome demantoid front large cushion: Pakistan peridot back cushion: tsavorite back oval: chrome tourmaline right front round: chrome demantoid

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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Sparkling greetings
Constantin Wild