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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

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

Stanislav Drokin meets Constantin Wild

Dear gemstone lovers,

The renowned jewellery designer Stanislav Drokin also trusts for his creations in the expertise of Constantin Wild. The result: colourful and exclusive jewellery highlights!

From engraver to designer

So how did it all start? In the 80s, Drokin started his professional life by training as an engraver – and soon discovered his passion for artistic jewellery. From then on, he created items of his own, opening his first studio in 1994.

In the time that followed, the Ukrainian designer remained eager to learn: for his studies he was drawn to the Kharkov State Academy of Design and Fine Arts (KSADA). And during his training as a gemmologist, he even stopped over in Idar-Oberstein!

Aiming high

Continue reading Stanislav Drokin meets Constantin Wild

N.Y., L.A.: How my treasures found their way to a famous opera singer …

Dear gemstone lovers,

for several years, I have been on good terms with the friends’ association of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is a US research and education establishment which comprises a number of museums. In the ‘National Gem and Mineral Collection’ at the National Museum of Natural History, visitors can view what is probably the world’s most famous national gemstone collection. Alongside the legendary ‘Hope Diamond’ and the ‘Star of Asia Sapphire’, more than 15,000 gemstones – also including some sparkling specimens from my own establishment – can be seen there. Continue reading N.Y., L.A.: How my treasures found their way to a famous opera singer …

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