Summer Fete 2014

Dear friends and faithful companions,

we should make hay while the sun shines. And on Saturday 12 July, the time had finally come to do so, for I had invited several hundred wonderful people to my big summer fete. And one thing can certainly be said about it: Idar-Oberstein has surely never seen such a grand celebration!

Milan, Chicago, New York, LA, Zurich, Rio, Geneva, Dallas, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Tehran, Bogotá, Dubai, London, Taipei, Tokyo, St. Petersburg or Hong Kong: dear friends, faithful companions and business partners had travelled to Idar-Oberstein from all the corners of this Earth to join me in celebrating life. Indeed, my international guests and I spent the Friday evening getting into the mood.

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Visit from Great Britain

gem aDear gemstone lovers,

Hong Kong, Tucson, Basel. I love travelling the world. Yet home is still the best place to be. In my garden, where the cherries are already ripe. And if, in addition to that, I have a few friendly people around me – I’m perfectly happy!

Just recently I had a visit from a group of 17 from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain – or Gem-A – one of the leading providers of jewellery and gem education. The trip was organised by Deborah Mazza, who once lived in Idar-Oberstein herself, and Charles Evans, responsible for infrastructure and IT. After all, Idar-Oberstein has been, and still is, Europe’s top destination for gemstone connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

And when I have guests to look after, I leave nothing to chance …

Let the ‘TOUR DE WILD’ begin
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Summer fete 2014 – thanks for the flowers

Dear friends,

magnificent colours. Intoxicating scents. It wasn’t only the vivid summer bouquets you brought that made the day (and night ;)) of July 12 so special. But above all your smiles, I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did. Here’s to the many other beautiful moments that we will celebrate together!

Sparkling  greetings,

Constantin

More than just valuable: the emperor from Brazil

Dear gemstone lovers,

there are stones which really are something special. And some of them are far rarer than diamonds. I’d like to tell you about just such a stone today because, with me and the imperial topaz, it was love at first sight!

Nomen est omen

Truly imperial: my first encounter with this radiant reddish-gold rarity was back in the 80s, on a trip to Ouro Preto, in the well known federal Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. When I first saw the special sparkle of this stone, I understood at once why my father had referred to the Brazilian imperial topaz as his favourite!

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Constantin’s summer fete

Dear gemstone lovers,

together with colleagues, partners, friends and faithful companions, we shall be holding a colourful summer fete in July.

We, the young and the not so young, aim to celebrate life together, with some nice music and delicious food.

The preparations are in full swing, and I’m already looking forward very much to this wonderful event.

Watch this space for a report on how it went!

Sparkling greetings,

Constantin Wild

N.Y., L.A.: How my treasures found their way to a famous opera singer …

Dear gemstone lovers,

for several years, I have been on good terms with the friends’ association of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is a US research and education establishment which comprises a number of museums. In the ‘National Gem and Mineral Collection’ at the National Museum of Natural History, visitors can view what is probably the world’s most famous national gemstone collection. Alongside the legendary ‘Hope Diamond’ and the ‘Star of Asia Sapphire’, more than 15,000 gemstones – also including some sparkling specimens from my own establishment – can be seen there. Continue reading N.Y., L.A.: How my treasures found their way to a famous opera singer …

GEMS. TRUST. WILD!

Dear gemstone lovers,

anyone familiar with haute joaillerie knows Anna Hu. Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, many other celebrities … indeed jewellery lovers the world over are crazy about her handcrafted pieces.

The former cellist, daughter of one of Taiwan’s leading gemmologists, uses only the best gemstones for her designs, and depends on reliable suppliers. I myself am among those who have had the honour of working with her. The result: a colourful necklace, and in the middle of it, an oval-cut kunzite from my establishment, 59 carats in weight!

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Brazil –> Idar-Oberstein: journey of an emperor

Dear gemstone lovers,

gemstones are my profession. My passion. And, yes, they’re all magnificent. But among them there is one which has a really special appeal for me, with its reddish-gold tones and its sparkle: the emperor from Brazil.Constantin Wild - Imperial Topaz 20ct - rgb-725px

The incomparable imperial topaz was discovered in the mid-18th century in Ouro Preto, the ‘home town’ of topazes, in Brazil. Imperial topaz – the very name is magical, isn’t it? Noble too. And yet it’s by no means certain how the stone came to get it. Perhaps the Russian tsars were the force behind it. They were among the earliest and most important buyers of this rarity. Others say that the stone wasn’t named until the time of the Brazilian empire, i.e. between 1822 and 1889. In other words, nobody really knows exactly. Having said that, one thing is certain: today, the imperial topaz is still among the most valuable and most coveted stones worldwide.

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