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Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

TV documentary “Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein: Constantin Wild shows us his Idar-Oberstein.

2 June 2017 at 20.15 and 9 June 15:15 on SWR Television and for the next year at the ARD Mediathek (stream) 

Jens Hübschen sets out to retrace the history of the stones, in the gemstone world of Idar-Oberstein in the rocky Nahe region.

I have said it time and again: Idar-Oberstein is one of the most beautiful places in Germany. And gemstone fans are particularly likely to agree with that. After all, my home town was the cradle of the gemstone industry! A team from the German TV station SWR recently set out to retrace that fascinating history. For what began centuries ago with the first agates, found in volcanic rock, and rapidly brought forth the very best gemstone cutters and goldsmiths, has also managed to make a successful transition into the modern age. But how is that possible? In this documentary, I open the doors of my treasure chamber and chat a little about my fascinating world of gemstones – and about my beloved Idar-Oberstein.

Why not look in? 9.6.2017 at 15.15 on SWR or stream it to your Computer or Tablet. Continue reading Auf der Spur der Steine in Idar-Oberstein

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Gernot Weber - Lapidary, Gemstone Cutter
Gernot Weber – Lapidary, Gemstone Cutter

If this great selection of extravagant gemstones is to continue to find its way into Constantin Wild’s treasure chamber, one man is indispensable: Gernot Weber. As a gemstone cutter he carries the heritage of the gemstone metropolis within him.

JOURNAL: Idar-Oberstein is regarded as the absolute gemstone metropolis. How did that come to be?

Gernot Weber: Agates were discovered here for the first time in the 15th century. The wild Idar stream, which flows right through the town, quickly gave rise to numerous cutting-shops, in which my forefathers were able to process the stones. Later, jasper and rock crystal were discovered too. When the domestic deposits began to decline at the beginning of the 19th century, the people of the Hunsrück set off out into the great wide world and discovered many other kinds of stone there. But the stones were always processed back at home.

Heritage - Constantin Wild - gemstone cutting workshop
Heritage – Constantin Wild – gemstone cutting workshop

JG: Idar-Oberstein is the only gemstone centre in the world where all kinds of gemstone are processed and traded in. Why does that work so well here? Continue reading Heritage