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Baselworld: “Many valuable contacts”

Baselworld Newsletter

Constantin Wild, gemstone dealer from Idar-Oberstein, discusses the importance of Baselworld.

Constantin Wild has been one of Baselworld’s most loyal exhibitors for more than thirty years. In this interview, the gemstone dealer from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, talks about what his company expects from the upcoming show and shares his evaluation of Baselworld’s importance for internationally active gemstone merchants.

Mr Wild, you wrote in your newsletter that you are proud to be present again as an exhibitor at Baselworld in 2019. How important is this trade show for your company?

Constantin Wild: Compared to all the other international trade shows that we participate at, Baselworld enjoys an exceptional position with regard to its audience, its professional visitors, its atmosphere and the quality of its exhibitors. The show has established itself over the years as an important meeting place for the international jewellery scene and it has successfully positioned itself in the luxury brands segment. During the past thirty years of our exhibiting at Baselworld, we were accordingly able to make valuable contacts with high-end jewellery producers, designers and jewellers from around the world. Of course, we hope this will remain so in the future too.

The show’s new management is making every effort to assure transparent communication among exhibitors, visitors and the surroundings in Basel. How are you experiencing this?

Constantin Wild: From my viewpoint, it looks as though the high status which the gemstone sector enjoys at Baselworld is now also reflected in the show’s new communication. Our company is based in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, so I was especially pleased that Managing Director Michel Loris-Melikoff personally visited our city this summer to explain the show’s new orientation to us, to answer our questions and to listen to our suggestions. It will be perfect, if the responsible negotiators can now reach an agreement with Basel’s hoteliers and restaurateurs to assure moderate prices.

What else is still on your wish list to assure that Baselworld 2019 will be an all-round success?

Constantin Wild: Baselworld had already evolved in past years from a pure order fair into an event platform. But in my opinion, there’s still room for further improvements. For example, I am especially looking forward to the gourmet catering that has been announced for Hall 1.1. I would also welcome more space for communication outside the stands at the show: places where people can enjoy lingering, where new contacts can be made and existing contacts can be strengthened. I also hope that Hall 3.1, where we show our merchandise together with other high-quality gemstone dealers, will remain as strong a magnet for visitors as it was at last year’s show.

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Insider tip INTERGEM

Review of a successful INTERGEM fair in the hometown of gemstones. Known for its unique gemstone art, the fair has been one of the most popular meeting places for international gemstone lovers for over 30 years. Only here has the art of cutting and processing gemstones been practiced for more than five centuries. Be inspired by colourful stones and rare treasures. Idar-Oberstein – always worth a visit.

Insidertipp INTERGEM

Rückblick auf eine erfolgreiche INTERGEM-Messe in der Heimatstadt der Edelsteine. Bekannt für ihre einzigartige Edelsteinkunst, ist die Messe seit über 30 Jahren einer der beliebtesten Treffpunkte internationaler Edelsteinliebhaber. Nur hier wird die Kunst des Edelsteinschleifens und der Verarbeitung seit über fünf Jahrhunderten praktiziert. Lassen Sie sich von farbigen Steinen und seltenen Schätzen inspirieren. Idar-Oberstein – immer eine Reise wert.

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: 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.
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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.

HONG KONG, 26 FEB. – 2 MAR. 2019 – International Diamond & Gem Show – ASIA WORLD-EXPO, Hall 11, Stand F17

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The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show offers a wide range of finished jewellery to buyers from all over the world, including silver, jade and antique jewellery.

The show also features watches & clocks, jewellery accessories, jewellery display and packaging materials and jewellery tools & equipment.

Constantin Wild will be presenting exclusive gemstones in
AWE (Airport) German Pavilion, Hall 11, Stand F17.