Tag Archives: Idar-Oberstein

CONSTANTIN’S CELLAR

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.

Constantins Cellar 01 - Foto © Martin Glauner
Mystical impression: the shape and luminosity of the raw stones stimulates the imagination – Foto © Martin Glauner

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

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.

ZDF Info visits Constantin Wild

At the beginning of March Constantin Wild opened up his treasure chamber to two editresses from the on-line channel ZDF Info. During this look behind the scenes, the focus was on master cutter Gernot Weber. What does it take to make a good gemstone cutter?
What steps does the finishing process entail? And what matters when it comes to the perfect cut? You’ll be able to experience these and other highlights featuring individual gemstones as from Saturday 31 March, 4:30 PM CET at facebook.com/ZDFinfo “Schätze der Erde” and twitter.com/ZDFinfo. During the shooting, we looked over Gernot Weber’s shoulder while he worked. You can view the ‘making of’ behind the programme here:ZDF Info zu Besuch bei Constantin Wild
Anfang März öffnete Constantin Wild seine Schatzkammer für zwei Redakteurinnen des Onlinesenders ZDF Info. Beim Blick hinter die Kulissen stand Schleifermeister Gernot Weber im Fokus: Was macht einen guten Edelsteinschleifer aus? Welche Schritte gibt es im Veredelungsprozess? Und worauf kommt es beim perfekten Schliff an? Diese und weitere Highlights über einzelne Edelsteine erfahren Sie ab Samstag, 31. März, 16.30 Uhr unter facebook.com/ZDFinfo “Schätze der Erde” und twitter.com/ZDFinfo. Wir haben bei den Dreharbeiten über die Schulter geschaut. Das „Making of“ zum Beitrag sehen Sie oben.

 

Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean sets off on second world tour

Wilhelm Constantin Wild
Wilhelm Constantin Wild (1866 – 1956)

The return of the gemstone collection of my grandfather Wilhelm Constantin Wild to Idar-Oberstein last year was an occurrence I found especially moving. Do you remember? In September a Pakistani fisherman found the leather coffer dating from the mid-20th century in a bag together with some other gemstones in the North Indian Ocean near Karachi. What moved me was not only his decision to send the collection back to Germany – but also the touching gesture he made in replacing the missing tiger’s eye with a pearl.

Gemstone box with Wilhelm Constantin Wild and the pearl replacing the missing tiger eye

Exclusive exhibit at international trade fairs 2018

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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. Continue reading Gemstone collection from Indian Ocean back in Idar-Oberstein

‘Tour de Wild’ on japanese TV

It’s not only German television that has shown interest in the ‘Tour de Wild’: a few days ago the Japanese singer and TV star Saori Yuki came on a visit of discovery together with a TV team. She herself is a great gemstone fan and really got her money’s worth in my home town of Idar-Oberstein!

Constantin Wild and Yuki Saori
Constantin Wild and Yuki Saori

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Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

TV-Reportage „Auf der Spur der Steine“: Constantin Wild zeigt sein Idar-Oberstein.

Am 09. März 2017 um 20.15 Uhr im SWR Fernsehen oder gleich jetzt in der ARD Mediathek (stream) 

SWR-Reporter Jens Hübschen entführt Sie in die farbige Edelsteinwelt von Idar-Oberstein, im felsigen Naheland. Was das mit Überraschungseiern und Mandeln zu tun hat, erfahren Sie in der Dokumentation.

Ich sage es ja schon immer: Idar-Oberstein ist eine der schönsten Orte in Deutschland. Dies gilt besonders für Edelsteinfans. Schließlich ist meine Heimat die Wiege der Edelsteinindustrie. Auf eine spannende Spurensuche begab sich kürzlich auch ein Team des deutschen Fernsehsenders SWR. Die Faszination begann vor Jahrhunderten und hält an. Damals wurden die ersten Achate in Felsen aus Vulkangestein gefunden. Rasch siedelten sich die besten Edelsteinschleifer und Goldschmiede an. Und auch heute noch begeistert der Mythos der Edelsteine. Doch wie ist das möglich? In der Dokumentation öffne ich die Türen meiner Schatzkammer und plaudere ein wenig über meine faszinierende Welt der Edelsteine – und mein geliebtes Idar-Oberstein. 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

(Re)Visit from Great Britain

Dear gemstone lovers,

I’ve said it often enough: Idar-Oberstein is thought by some to be unspectacular, but anyone who has taken it into his heart is very unlikely ever to let go of it again.

Is it the picturesque landscapes, the delicious wines, or the fact that the most sparkling gemstones worldwide are to be found here? Probably a mixture of all those things. Idar-Oberstein is worth more than just one visit. … Continue reading (Re)Visit from Great Britain

The play of physical forces

From Edinburgh to Malaga, Paris to Moscow … Constantin Wild has probably already been there on his motorbike. Sometimes he even tracks down gemstones on his discovery tours, as he did a few years ago in Russia …

Constantin Wild has been out and reconnoitred the whole of Europe on my hot machine, here in the area of Idar-Oberstein.
Constantin Wild has been out and reconnoitred the whole of Europe on my hot machine, here in the area of Idar-Oberstein.

“On a motorbike, you get to know the world in a much more direct, unfiltered way than you would by car, for example,” says Constantin Wild. “You’re right up close all the time: close to the road, close to Nature, close to the people.” It’s that ‘playing with physical forces’ that has appealed to him about motorcycling for a long time: “Playing with centrifugal forces, gravitational pull, speed. And obviously there’s a bit of recklessness in there somewhere too,” admits Wild with a smile. … Continue reading The play of physical forces

PRESS: „The Value of Colours – Im Bann der Edelsteine“ von Constantin Wild wird digital

Constantin Wild - Book - value of colours - wild about gems
Constantin Wild – Book – value of colours – wild about gems

„The Value of Colours – Im Bann der Edelsteine“ von Constantin Wild wird digital, jetzt auch in Deutsch.

Presseinformation September 2016

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PRESS: ‘The Value of Colours’ now available in digital form in simplified Chinese

Constantin Wild - Book - value of colours - wild about gems
Constantin Wild – Book – value of colours – wild about gems

Constantin Wild’s book ‘The Value of Colours’ now available in digital form in simplified Chinese too

Press release September 2016

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Idar-Oberstein, 3 – 6 Oct. 2019 – Intergem, International Gem Fair, Hall 1, Stand 101

fairs-intergem-boothExhibitors from Germany and abroad come to the trade fair to present the finest gemstones and gemstone jewellery. In a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere jewellers, goldsmiths, designers and jewellery manufacturers can browse a unique selection of gemstones, diamonds and pearls, fine engravings, objets d’art and jewellery incorporating coloured stones and diamonds. The latest products of gemstone mines from around the world are presented here in both traditional and contemporary settings. The range is rounded off with a rich array of accessories, equipment and services for the gemstone business.

For Constantin Wild, this event is a homefixture: Find him in Hall 1, Stand 101.

Visitor information at: www.intergem.de

PRESS: ‘The Value of Colours’ by Constantin Wild goes digital

Constantin Wild - Book - value of colours - wild about gems
Constantin Wild – Book – value of colours – wild about gems

Mai 2016

Constantin Wild’s book ‘The Value of Colours – Wild About Gems’ is available as of now in digital form.

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Springtime is here! – 2016

Dear gemstone lovers,
when the magnolia in the garden of my house in Idar-Oberstein begins to flower, I know springtime is at the door. But when I see those first buds it’s not just a question of my taking pleasure in the beauty of the tree. I also think back to the time when I planted it to mark the birth of my son. That was 19 years ago – and now there he is taking his school-leaving exams! Time flies. But one thing’s for sure: winter is over now. I’m very much looking forward to the summer, to hot sunny days in my garden with that gorgeous magnolia in blossom. Why not just drop by and admire that magnificence together with me – the magnificence in my garden and the magnificence in my Gem Room too. I’ll be happy to show you around!

Until then …
Sparkling greetings

Constantin Wild

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Spring 2016 Magnolia blossom gallery images 

PRESS: Intergem highlights, Idar-Oberstein, October 2015

Constantin Wild - Tourmaline - Chrome Tourmaline - 34ct oval
Constantin Wild – Tourmaline – Chrome Tourmaline – 34ct oval

Press information
October 2015

Intergem highlights 2015
Constantin Wild presents new coloured gemstone treasures.
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