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More than just rare. More than the Big Four.

Diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. In the world of gemstones, the famous Big Four tend to be regarded as the measure of all things. So the prices at which they change hands on the market today are correspondingly high. But investors should be prepared to look a little further: for the fact is that Mother Nature has a lot more to offer. These four treasures, for example …

Neon-blue power: Paraiba tourmaline

An unbelievable number of facets. Radiant blue-green. The Paraiba tourmaline looks as if it is moving, as if it has come alive. And that is why it is among the world’s most valuable gemstones. The stone has the element copper to thank for its incomparable luminosity. It was not until 1987 that it appeared: first in Brazil, then later in Nigeria and Mozambique. Exactly the same kind of stone on two different continents? Millions of years ago, they were still one: the super-continent of Gondwana. In the mean time, these neon-coloured tourmalines are fetching absolutely top prices.

Paraiba tourmaline, oval, Africa
Paraiba tourmaline, oval, Africa

Highlight in orange: mandarin garnet

The mandarin garnet has only been known in the gemstone trade for 20 years, yet it is already a much celebrated star today. Its name speaks volumes. Gemstone lovers can draw attention to themselves with this fruity-coloured stone. Having said that, high-quality top-class stones of more than three carats are extremely rare. Both the demand and the price have increased markedly in recent years. That is why the mandarin garnet too is predestined for sparkling investments.

mandarin garnet, cushion
mandarin garnet, cushion

Yellow-green rarity: canary tourmaline

Back in ancient China, yellow was regarded as the colour of the emperor, as a symbol of kudos and progress. But one kind of yellow is not necessarily the same as another. A high manganese content gives the canary tourmaline – unlike other yellow tourmalines – its lemon-yellow hue and vivacious lustre. It was not until about 15 years ago that this wonderful stone was discovered in the East African country of Zambia. However, that spectacular find only produced a very limited number of stones. The canary tourmaline is a top-class stone. Specimens of more than one carat are extremely hard to find.

Canary tourmaline, oval
Canary tourmaline, oval

The green tsar: demantoid

In translation, demantoid means ‘diamond-like’. No wonder, for this rare gemstone has a refraction and dispersion that are similar to those of “a girl’s best friend”. Around 1900, the famous Peter Carl Fabergé created magnificent items of jewellery with this sparkling green treasure, which had been discovered in his Russian homeland. True connoisseurs also hold the famous ‘horsetails’ in high esteem; inclusions which are only found in Russian specimens and thus contribute to their being regarded as particularly valuable on the market.

Demantoid garnet, round, with horsetails, russia
Demantoid garnet, round, with horsetails, russia


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

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

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PRESS: Springtime highlights Baselworld 2015

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Bright summer sky
Zircon and Paraiba: Constantin Wild presents highlights in blue
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Warm like the evening sun
Constantin Wild presents rare mandarin garnet
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Passion in red
Constantin Wild inspires us with beryl and spinel
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Bring on the springtime!
Constantin Wild presents sphene of over 27 carats in a fresh yellowish-green
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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

PRESS: Springtime highlights in his luggage

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February 2015


Springtime highlights in his luggage
Canary, Paraiba and imperial topaz: Constantin Wild presents exclusive gemstones for the first sunbeams of the year.
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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! 

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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

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

Colour trends for the spring of 2014

Dear gemstone lovers,

Blue,  violet or orange. Just three of the colours that are set to conquer the market in the spring of 2014 …

A glance into my treasure chamber shows that spring is welcome! I’ve picked out a few ‘items’ which will go really well with the first sunbeams of the year.

Turquoise, green and blue tones continue to be very much en vogue for the season ahead. And here’s a gem that fits the bill exactly: a sea-blue Paraiba tourmaline.

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Anyone who likes yellow, red and orange is going to have a good year. A yellow sapphire and an orange imperial topaz are just the ticket.

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Shocking pink, purple and lilac set pulses racing. As do this shocking pink ruby and this extravagant, multi-coloured imperial topaz.


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Why not spend a little more time having a look round? In my gallery!

Wishing you a wonderful spring,

Constantin Wild