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the gem highlights

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

 

(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

GIA Feature: My treasures in front of the camera

Dear gemstone lovers,

at the most recent trade fair in Tucson I was visited by a film team from the GIA, the Gemological Institute of America.

GIA - meets - Constantin-Wild in Tucson 2015
GIA meets Constantin-Wild in Tucson 2015

http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/spring-2015-gemnews-high-end-colored-gems

They were particularly thrilled about a set of 12 sparkling and colourful stones from many different parts of the world. Each carefully selected stone in the set weighed 25 carats, so that altogether they tipped the scales at 290 carats. Aquamarine, rubellite, yellow beryl, green tourmaline, imperial topaz, peridot, tanzanite, peridot or kunzite – this set takes true gemstone lovers’ breath away! Continue reading GIA Feature: My treasures in front of the camera

Colour Trends 2015

Dear gemstone lovers,

there are two things we often long for: sunshine, and the opportunity to relax. Fortunately, the colour trends for the forthcoming spring and summer season promise both at the same time!

Every year, the Pantone Color Institute publishes current colour trends, and the entire world of fashion allows itself to be guided by them. The theme for sun-drenched days next year is ‘en plein air’. Our everyday life, which seems to be becoming more and more dynamic, demands a good deal of us. So hues named ‘aquamarine’, ‘lucite green’ and ‘tangerine’ give us exactly the compensation we need.

It goes without saying that Mother Nature can easily keep pace when it comes to colour trends. A glance into my treasure chamber provides proof of that!

Seductive blue

The colour ‘aquamarine’ marks the beginning of the Pantone range. Is there a gemstone lover who is not familiar with the stone of the same name?

Constantin Wild - Aquamarine - Santa Maria Aquamarine - pair - Brazil - 15ct

Continue reading Colour Trends 2015

Springtime – Baselworld highlights 2015

Dear gemstone lovers,

harmony, contentedness, eternity. Many people associate the colour blue with these concepts. In my treasure chamber there are some exclusive highlights which are every bit as beautiful as a bright summer sky!

A shine like no other: blue zircon

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There is hardly a stone with such a high refraction as zircon. And this comes out particularly well when the stone is blue. With its diamantine shine and its unbelievable optical depth, the blue zircon is an absolute highlight in my current collection ‘more than just rare’. The stone originates from Cambodia, weighs 38 carats and measures 18 by 15 millimetres, and sparkles in a star and step cut.  A genuine cushion-shaped heavyweight! A stone of this size and quality is very rare – and predestined to be a collector’s item for that reason.  Continue reading Springtime – Baselworld highlights 2015

Gem Journal – Premium Magazine

2015 Gem Journal - first edition
2015 Gem Journal – first edition

Dear gemstone lovers,

my fascinating world of gemstones is now available in black and white too – in a premium magazine!

In the first issue, I’m taking you with me on a journey. Find out for yourself how that German lifestyle – the so-called ‘Deutsche Vita’ – can look, feel, and even taste! And, as usual, you can also find colourful, exclusive gemstones and their histories in the new magazine.

Some gemstone lovers might have already discovered the magazine in their mailboxes – and I’ll be very happy to present those who haven’t with a copy at my fair stand.

Sparkling greetings,
Constantin Wild

Springtime highlights in my luggage

Canary, Paraiba and imperial topaz: exclusive gemstones for the first sunbeams of the year.

This year too, the Hong Kong International Diamond & Gem Show and BASELWORLD will attract numerous gemstone connoisseurs from all over the world. I will be presenting to my customers three particularly rare stones from my premium line ‘More than just rare’. And what is more, they fit in really well with the coming season from the fashion point of view! 

Constantin Wild - Tourmaline - Canary Tourmaline - 26ct- oval- ONLINE-rgb-725px

Canary tourmaline – neon-yellow rarity

The canary tourmaline captivates gemstone lovers with its incredible luminosity. Yet this wonderful stone was not discovered until some 15 years ago in Zambia, East Africa. Continue reading Springtime highlights in my luggage

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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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!

Anna-Hu-Schmuck2

Continue reading GEMS. TRUST. WILD!

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.

Continue reading Brazil –> Idar-Oberstein: journey of an emperor

Treasures of Nature in Hong Kong

Dear gemstone lovers,

any amount of to-ing and fro-ing, lots and lots of people, and in the middle of it all: me and my treasure chamber. As every year, I travelled – laden with sparkling stones – to the ‘Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show’ in Hong Kong.

The Asian market has been gaining in importance in the gemstone trade, and not just since yesterday. Whilst at one time only European countries and the USA were relevant for the sales market, the demand for luxury goods has been growing in Hong Kong, Mainland China and elsewhere – not least because of a financially strong upper level of society that is getting larger and larger. Apart from that, people in China have a great affinity for gemstones. Jade is regarded as a royal gemstone; the Chinese have probably been mining it and using it in jewellery and filigree art carvings since 6000 B.C. Continue reading Treasures of Nature in Hong Kong

The 100-carat club

Mandarin Garnet - 103 carat

Dear gemstone lovers,

Light, warmth and creativity. That’s what comes to my mind when I handle this stone. No lesser personality than Goethe himself was of the opinion that orange emanates particularly large amounts of positive energy.

The stone that I’d like to introduce to you today doesn’t just captivate you by its colour, however, but also, and above all, by its weight. This exclusive mandarin garnet tips the scales at no less than 103 carats! A stone like this is absolutely unique. So it’s perfectly placed in my premium line ‘more than just rare’.

Continue reading The 100-carat club