Many generations and some 170 years of company history lie dormant in the basement at Constantin Wild’s – in the form of raw gemstones from all parts of the world.
Roughly carpentered crates with handwritten labels, many of which have yellowed with age, are stored in the room which – like the house in the style of the founders – is over 100 years old. Enormous chunks whose outer surface is ochre peer out of a wooden box bearing the inscription ‘Chile-Lapis’. A few feet further over, the radiant pink of massive rose quartzes. The label on another box of stones says ‘Agates for showcase large 1930’. Other boxes are labelled ‘Aventurine’, ‘Jasper various’ or ‘Rhodonite’, and some of them, indeed, are still bound by the metal straps in which they were shipped. No question about it: Constantin’s cellar has a nostalgic charm to it – though it is not a purely ‘historical’ warehouse. Continue reading CONSTANTIN’S CELLAR