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Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean back in Idar-Oberstein

Wilhelm Constantin Wild
Wilhelm Constantin Wild (1866 – 1956)

It’s like something out of a fairy tale: at the end of September a Pakistani fisherman pulled a collection of 29 gemstones, some 80 years old, out of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the imprint of a company stamp he was able to identify Wilhelm Constantin Wild of Idar-Oberstein as the original owner. The fisherman decided that the gemstone collection, being part of family history, should make its way back to Germany. He also thought it would be a nice token of friendship between Muslims and Germans. Being an upright man, he waived his right to a finder’s reward. In a particularly touching gesture, he said he would like to fill the empty compartment with some pearls, making the family a present of them in lieu of the tiger’s eye which was now missing from the collection.

Antique Gemstone collection with the Foto of Wilhelm Constantin Wild. The fisherman replaced the missing Tiger's eye with a pearl as a token of friendship
Antique Gemstone collection with the Foto of Wilhelm Constantin Wild. The fisherman replaced the missing Tiger’s eye with a pearl as a token of friendship

“At first, it wasn’t at all clear how or when my grandfather’s collection would be able to find its way back to Idar-Oberstein”, says Constantin Wild. But with the aid of an international logistics company, the collection, which has a high sentimental value for him, soon set out on the journey home. This very week, the entrepreneur received the extraordinary package from Pakistan.

Gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean back home in Idar-Oberstein
Gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean back home in Idar-Oberstein

Once it has been examined to verify its genuineness, he will be handing the collection over on loan to the German Gemstone Museum. “Later, of course, the find will be given a place of honour in my treasure chamber”, says Constantin Wild.

Details still to be clarified

It will now be possible to examine exactly how old the collection is. Early assumptions suggest that it was probably put together between the First and Second World Wars, since Idar and Oberstein did not actually amalgamate until 1933. At any rate, the stamp with the impression ‘Idar-Oberstein’ originates from the time after the amalgamation. The high-quality workmanship which can be seen in the photos is a clue indicating that this was one of the earlier issues of this kind of collection, for in later years these were mass-produced cheaply, finding their way out into many parts of the world.

German gemstone museum - Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum Idar-Oberstein
German gemstone museum – Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum Idar-Oberstein

Exhibition at the German Gemstone Museum

Anyone wishing to inspect the gemstone collection him or herself will be able to admire it very soon indeed at the German Gemstone Museum in Idar-Oberstein. It will be on view there as ‘object of the month’ until the end of November.

The honest finder: fisherman Abdullah with his children
The honest finder: fisherman Abdullah with his children

It was clear to Constantin Wild that the warm-heartedness and sincerity of the finder ought to be rewarded. He intends to transfer a finder’s reward of 1000 dollars to the Pakistani fisherman as a down payment on a new fishing-boat, in the hope of improving the life of this honest man and his family.

Job opening in Idar-Oberstein / Stellenangebot – Kaufmännischer Mitarbeiter m/w

Dear gemstone lovers,

there’s a lot to be done in my sparkling world of gemstones. So my team and I are seeking some active support from the German-speaking world.

Do you feel like combining your business skills with your knowledge of the gemstone industry? If so, there’s a place for you with us!

Contact us at: bewerbung [ at ] constantinwild.com

Stellenanzeige - Kaufmännischer Mitarbeiter m-w
Stellenanzeige – Kaufmännischer Mitarbeiter m-w

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

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

 

Limited Gem Calendar 2017

Dear gemstone lovers,

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!

Sparkling greetings,
Constantin Wild