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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

The story of the honest finder attracted plenty of attention in the media. Having been on show in Idar-Oberstein for some months, the collection is now setting off again on a world tour: visitors to the international fairs in Tucson, Hong Kong, Basel and Idar-Oberstein will be able to admire the valuable specimen book on location. The exemplary collection shows the fascinating facets of coloured gemstones – from ruby, sapphire and emerald to agate, lapis lazuli and malachite.

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

22 to 27 March:
first time at the BASELWORLD in Basel, Switzerland, 22. – 27 March 2018, Hall 3.1 Booth A13.

Come and be enchanted by its unique history and other timeless gemstone classics.
My tip: make an appointment right away, so that you can take your time and enjoy an exclusive peek into my grandfather’s leather coffer

The honest finder: fisherman Abdullah with his children

27 February to 3 March:
first time at the Hong Kong, AsiaWorld-Expo, German Pavilion, Hall 11, Stand F17.

Come and be enchanted by its unique history and other timeless gemstone classics.
My tip: make an appointment right away, so that you can take your time and enjoy an exclusive peek into my grandfather’s leather coffer

Grandfathers gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean
Grandfathers gemstone collection with 29 gemstones found in Indian Ocean on world tour in Hong Kong 27 Feb. – 3 March 2018

30 January to 27 February:
first time at the GJX in Tucson, Arizona

I’m looking forward to presenting this much travelled gemstone collection personally in Tucson, together with my current collection.  (Group Pavilion, Stand #4000).

 

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

Heritage – Now & Then

Heritage – Very few people are as familiar with the market as Werner Fritsch: with more than 45 years of experience, the general manager of W. Constantin Wild & Co. looks back on the changes in the world of gemstones. In this interview, he explains what it is that has actually changed.

 

Heritage - Werner Fritsch - general manager of Constantin Wild & Co.
Heritage – Werner Fritsch – general manager of Constantin Wild & Co.

GEM JOURNAL: Herr Fritsch, just recently you celebrated your 45-year jubilee at W. Constantin Wild & Co. What do you think is the most significant difference between your work now and your work as it was when you first started?  

Werner Fritsch: The technological developments, definitely. When I started here we were still communicating by telegram. Today, the contact we have with our customers and business partners is unimaginable without e-mail, smart phones etc. But a lot has also happened in terms of the way gemstones are processed. Back then, everything was done by hand in the cutting-shop. Today, my colleagues programme state-of-the-art CNC machines to put the finishing touches to some of our products. Having said that, with some very special stones nothing can possibly beat traditional craftsmanship.

GJ: Apart from this change in the world of work, how has the status of gemstones changed in the luxury goods sector?   Continue reading Heritage – Now & Then