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On the 100th anniversary of the death of probably the best known jeweller in the history of the world

On 17 September 2020, the man who was probably the best known jeweller in the history of the world and former court jeweller to the tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, Peter Carl Fabergé, was honoured in Wiesbaden on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death.

Russian Church in Wiesbaden, Germany ©Constantin Wild
Russian Orthodox Church in Wiesbaden, Germany © Constantin Wild

One thing many people don’t know is that Fabergé lived in exile in Wiesbaden between 1918 and 1920 after having fled from the Russian October Revolution. In memory of him, a rogation service was held by Archbishop Mark Arndt of Munich, metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church for Berlin and Germany. As well as a major Fabergé icon of St. Nicholas (from the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden), the international visitors also had the chance to admire a model of the wheelchair Fabergé used while he was in Wiesbaden.

After a visit to the Russian cemetery, a commemoration was held on the “Neroberg” in Wiesbaden. Following more than 4 years of research into facts and records relating to Fabergé’s time in the spa town, the art historian and promoter Horst Becker presented its main milestones. He explained that on 30 May 1920, in the luxurious Hotel Imperial opposite the spa gardens, Fabergé, in his wheelchair, had celebrated his 74th and last birthday with 15 friends from St. Petersburg. He left Wiesbaden at the beginning of June 1920.

Carl Fabergé in his wheelchair, a Russian refugee in Wiesbaden, on the terrace of the Hotel Imperial, 1920 Gèza von Habsburg, Fabergé, Hirmer Verlag, Munich 1986
Carl Fabergé in his wheelchair, a Russian refugee in Wiesbaden, on the terrace of the Hotel Imperial, 1920
Gèza von Habsburg, Fabergé, Hirmer Verlag, Munich 1986

Before the plaque in honour of Fabergé was handed over to the metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church for Berlin, Constantin Wild provided some background to the event with a talk about the relations Fabergé had had with Idar-Oberstein, and about his own family history.

Model of the Fabergé wheelchair in St. Petersburg, Russia
Historic model of Fabergé wheelchair on display for the ceremony at the Russian Orthodox Church in Wiesbaden, Germany © Constantin Wild

In 1845/46, his great-grandfather, Johann Carl Wild IX, coming from the gemstone capital, worked for two years as a goldsmith’s apprentice in St. Petersburg – the business headquarters of the Fabergé jewellery workshop and, at that time, the world centre of haute joaillerie (the art of goldsmithery). Accordingly, he was given the name ‘Russ-Carl’ when he returned to Idar and founded the family business in 1847. The ensuing boom was attributable to sculpture engraving and thus also to the incentives provided by Carl Fabergé as a client around the turn of the century.

This common past was probably also the reason for Constantin Wild’s visit to Russia in 1987, probably one of the first made by a West German. Thanks to his interest in the rare but beautiful Russian demantoids, Constantin Wild played an important role in the rediscovery of these wonderful stones, which had already become legendary in Fabergé’s jewellery but disappeared completely from the world market since the Russian Revolution.

Constantin Wild at the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Carl Fabergé's death – relations between Idar-Oberstein and the House of Fabergé in St. Petersburg ©Constantin Wild
Constantin Wild at the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Carl Fabergé’s death – relations between Idar-Oberstein and the House of Fabergé in St. Petersburg
© Constantin Wild

Press: Fabergé in Germany

On the 100th anniversary of the death of probably the best known jeweller in the history of the world

On 17 September 2020, the man who was probably the best known jeweller in the history of the world and former court jeweller to the tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, Peter Carl Fabergé, was honoured in Wiesbaden on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death.

One thing many people don’t know is that Fabergé lived in exile in Wiesbaden between 1918 and 1920 after having fled from the Russian October Revolution. In memory of him, a rogation service was held by Archbishop Mark Arndt of Munich, metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church for Berlin and Germany. As well as a major Fabergé icon of St. Nicholas (from the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden), the international visitors also had the chance to admire a model of the wheelchair Fabergé used while he was in Wiesbaden. …

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Dear Business Partner,

On behalf of my team, I would like to thank you personally for working with us though this strenuous time, keeping business moving and last but not least – keeping in touch – both business related and also personally.

As difficult as the past three months have been, we are happy to see that the worldwide demand of gemstones has not declined. Especially in these times, we are convinced, that the color of gems can bring color back into our customers lives – and we are happy to assist!

We would like to inform you, that my team and I are back in the office and can be contacted at all times.

Our office is initially staffed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Furthermore, we can be reached at any time, at our home offices, using our personal contact numbers and email addresses – or at +49 6781-94500 / info@constantinwild.com.

Please don`t hesitate to reach out to us. We`re looking forward to hear from you!

Liebe Kunden,

im Namen meines Teams, möchte ich mich persönlich bei Ihnen bedanken – sowohl für die gute Zusammenarbeit als auch für den laufenden geschäftlichen und persönlichen Kontakt in diesen beschwerlichen Zeiten.

So schwierig die vergangenen Wochen und Monate auch waren, so sind wir erfreut darüber, dass die weltweite Nachfrage nach Edelsteinen nicht abgerissen ist. Vor allem in diesen schwierigen Zeiten sind wir davon überzeugt, dass die Farbe unserer Steine auch Farbe in das Leben der Kunden bringen wird – und wir freuen uns Ihnen dabei behilflich sein zu dürfen.

Mein Team und ich sind ab sofort wieder zurück im Büro und natürlich jederzeit für Sie erreichbar. Unsere Kernzeiten sind Dienstags bis Donnerstags – doch auch außerhalb dieser Zeiten sind wir über unsere persönlichen Kontaktdaten oder unter info@constantinwild.com +49 6781-94500 erreichbar.

Zögern Sie bitte nicht uns bei Fragen zu kontaktieren. Wir freuen uns von Ihnen zu hören.

 

FAZ Entrepreneurial Talk with Constantin Wild

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 30 December 2019: “Buying rough stones is one of the most difficult challenges”

The gemstone business is a vibrant international marketplace full of colour and complexity. It calls for reliable personal relationships, in-depth expertise, long-term experience and solid intuition. That is why the FAZ, one of Germany’s leading national newspapers, chose Constantin Wild for a company portrait in its weekly column “entrepreneurial talk”.

Constantin Wild in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bastian Benrath, 30. Dezember 2019: “Rohedelsteine zu kaufen ist mit das Schwierigste”
“Constantin Wild is a gemstone dealer, has been almost all over the world and brings the stones to a town that is rich in terms of stones but poor in terms of money.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Read more about the roots of Constantin Wild’s family business with the most beautiful and valuable treasures of nature, the intriguing history of the gemstone metropolis Idar-Oberstein, and why time is the key to successful gemstone trading.

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bastian Benrath, 30. Dezember 2019: “Rohedelsteine zu kaufen ist mit das Schwierigste”

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CONCEPTS, COLOURS & GEMS – A CREATIVE DAY WITH POMELLATO

The Task was nothing less than to create a jewellery collection where unusual minerals become a work of art. Armonie Minerali should be a collection that shows raw beauty and nature within a surprising combination of minerals. The rings and pendants should combine minerals that are little-known and often overlooked.

Pomellato creating "Armonie Minerali" Collection at Constantin Wild's
Pomellato creating “Armonie Minerali” Collection at Constantin Wild’s

And where else would you find these kind of unusual combination of gems than at Constantin Wild hidden gems stone home. As his partner in this lavish project, Vincenco Castaldo – Pomellato’s Creative Director – chose Constantin Wild of Idar-Oberstein, because in a unique way, we as a gemstone manufacturer full of tradition offer the whole spectrum of the fascination of gemstones, from the raw stone to final production, under a single roof.

Pomellato creating "Armonie Minerali" Collection at Constantin Wild's
Pomellato creating “Armonie Minerali” Collection at Constantin Wild’s

The result speaks for itself. “This new collection is a game of complicity between Man and Nature, where craftsmanship and natural beauty unite in a joyous dance of unexpected combinations to form a new unity. After all, playfulness, with a touch of irony and irreverence, is a defining trait of Pomellato”, Vincenzo Castaldo describes the Armonie Minerali collection.

Constantin Wild - Concept, Colours, & Gems - A Creative day with Pomellato
Constantin Wild – Concept, Colours, & Gems – A Creative day with Pomellato

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Pantone: Trendy colours for autumn and winter 2019/20 – sparkled up with gemstone rarities

Out and about are the new Pantone colours that we can expect to see on the high streets come next autumn. ‘Variety is the spice of life’ seems to be the theme of these renowned international experts. The colours are confident, bold and strong, with sophisticated shades. Standout colours or elegant classics – everyone will find his or her favourite hue here. Constantin Wild opens his treasure chamber to present a variety of exceptional gems that best reflect the colour of your choice, preparing for a grand entrance and some magical moments.

Spice up your life – Pantone Chili Pepper

This spicy red is a real head-turner. The eye-catching effect is mirrored in the pairing of the gemstones Ruby and its soulmate, the Red Spinel. Both these breathtaking rarities are known to create excitement with their clear sparkle and pave the way for any red-carpet moment. An intriguing side effect: this passionate confident shade of red stimulates the senses.

Ruby: Chili Pepper - Pantone'19
Ruby: Wild Chili Pepper – Pantone’19

Intriguing Powerplay – Pantone Biking Red

Strong and powerful are the attributes of Biking Red. This adventurous colour is reflected in the luscious Rhodolite Garnet

Infinite space – Pantone Galaxy Blue

This endless blue embodies deep oceans and infinite space. A pairing Blue Sapphire could be the highlight of a confident business outfit or an evening dress. The tonality of this precious beauty is often referred to as ‘the blue of a clear sky just minutes after sundown’. Favoured by royalty, movie stars and celebrities, this elegant stone adds glamour to any occasion.

Constantin Wild - Galaxy Blue Sapphire - Pantone'19
Blue Sapphire: Wild Galaxy Blue – Pantone’19

Light-hearted cheerfulness – Pantone Orange Tiger 

As Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest colour”. And fearless energy is associated with the hues of Pantone Orange Tiger, its gemstone correspondent being a Mandarin Garnet, known for its radiance. One thing is for sure: any woman will draw attention with this fruity-coloured stone that has only been known in the gemstone trade for 20 years. Did you know that this stone is predestined for sparkling investments too?

Orange Sapphire: Wild Elegance
Orange Sapphire: Wild Elegance – Pantone’19

Another rarity reflecting light-hearted cheerfulness is the Orange Sapphire – whose stylish appearance is simply breathtaking. This spellbinding treasure is very much sought after.

Sophistication by nature – Pantone Eden

The natural hue of this stately forest green plays on tradition and is said to be the key colour in the autumn and winter season. It invokes a real sense of sophistication, as does the exquisite Tsavorite Garnet with its manifold shades of green. Not to forget the Chrome Tourmaline, an extremely rare variety of the green tourmaline – sparkling in a fresh, radiant apple green.

Chrome tourmaline: Eden - Pantone'19
Chrome tourmaline: Wild Eden – Pantone’19

Mysterious and confident – Pantone Evening Blue

Pantone Evening Blue is as confident and classical as a Blue Sapphire. An air of mystery and elegance accompany the medium dark shades of blue. A description that also fits the Blue Sapphire.

Constantin Wild - wild colours - Pantone 2019 - Bachground image - AdobeStock © Pattadis
Constantin Wild – Wild Colours – Pantone 2019 – AdobeStock: Background © Pattadis

Refreshing hues – Pantone Guacamole

This nutrient-rich green is refreshing and adds splashes of colour to neutral outfits. Like the Peridot, a gemstone rarity known for its seductive, lush green hues and clarity. The peridot is one of the very few gemstones that come in one colour only. And international gemstone lovers agree on the uplifting effect of these hues, which will flatter the complexion of any woman.

Peridot: Guacamole - Pantone'19
Peridot: Wild Guacamole – Pantone’19

German Gemstone Museum – Personal Insights with Constantin Wild

To experience the world of gemstones is to experience the world of Constantin Wild.

When visiting Constantin Wild, he rolls out the red carpet to dive into this special world. Part of the gem world is the town Idar-Oberstein – especially the German Gemstone Museum – based right opposite Constantin Wild`s birthhouse. The very exterior of the museum, housed in a jugendstil villa, takes your breath away. On three floors, it provides a home to all the gems of the world. Constantin Wild regales his guests with stories about the genesis and the processing of these colourful minerals, which were discovered centuries ago. At that time, it took a gemstone prospector a year to dig even a meter into the hillside and extract the exquisite stones from the earth. Hopefully your piece of jewelry won`t take as long as that.

Be part of the exclusive guided tour on YouTube …

German Gemstone Museum - Personal Insights with Constantin Wild
German Gemstone Museum – Personal Insights with Constantin Wild – YouTube Video

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Katerina Perez about Royal Gems

KATERINA PEREZ ON: THE EXCEPTIONAL NOBILITY OF ROYAL GEMS

Since our meeting a few weeks ago at Baselworld, our special fascination for the intriguing stories and emotional value of gemstones has intensified – especially those with a royal history. In her latest article, expert Katerina Perez explores with you the noble history of these rare treasures … intense green demantoid garnets, radiant red spinels and delicate aquamarines, to mention just a few. What are some of the most exquisite pieces of jewellery in the world, and why are they of unbelievable importance to their royal owners? How did they get into their treasuries? Read more about why these minerals enjoy worldwide fame in Katerina Perez’ latest blog entry: https://www.katerinaperez.com/articles/constantin-wild-royal-gems

Sparkling greetings,
Constantin Wild

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Constantin Wild - demantoid garnet - Photo: © Simon Martner
Constantin Wild – demantoid garnet – Photo: © Simon Martner
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TV telebasel: Constantin Wild on the increasing importance of gems & jewellery at Baselworld 2019

Gems and jewellery have always been very important at Baselworld. Constantin Wild has been exhibiting at this major trade show for jewellery and watches for more than 30 years now. Reason enough for the Swiss TV station telebasel to visit the renowned gemstone expert at this year’s Baselworld to discuss his view on gems and jewellery playing an even greater role at the world’s luxury fair.

“Though the overall number of exhibitors has decreased, high-street jewellers continue to present their latest innovations and creations, whilst international gem traders exhibit gems of outstanding quality. As long as the major international jewellery buyers attend Baselworld, the fair will continue to be one of the major hotspots in the worldwide gem and jewel industry”, emphasises Constantin Wild.

Watch the whole programme in German:
Schmuck bleibt von Baselworld-Krise verschont

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TV-telebasel: Schmuck bleibt von Baselworld-Krise verschont - BASELWORLD: Important meeting point for the international jewellery scene -
TV-telebasel: Schmuck bleibt von Baselworld-Krise verschont

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Orange Sapphires: Wild Elegance

How would one describe wild elegance?

With sapphires in the royal colour orange sparkling in cheerful light-hearted colour hues. Their stylish appearance is simply breathtaking. As most sapphires come in blue, orange sapphires are extremely rare and sheer beauties. And as if that weren’t enough, the elegant treasures also match with ‚Living Coral‘ – colour of the year 2019, named by the Pantone Institute, the world’s leading authority on colour.

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Orange Sapphire: Wild Elegance
Orange Sapphire: Wild Elegance

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Jannis Fostieris – Fine gemstones meet noble jewellery design

Jannis Fostieris runs the long established company E.W. Schreiber and sets great store in his creations by sparkling treasures from Idar-Oberstein.

GEM JOURNAL: Tell our readers something about the way your career has developed.

JANNIS FOSTIERIS: Like Constantin, I grew up in our family enterprise, which was founded by my grandfather in 1909. Qualified as a goldsmith, merchant and gemmologist, I now proudly continue the running of the company together with my mother. My home town of Hanau is one of the last places in Germany where traditional goldsmithery still has a fundamental significance. We manufacture individual jewellery for customers from all over the world – with precision and great attention to detail.

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PRESS: ROYAL GEMS in Constantin Wild’s treasure chamber

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    Basel, March 2019: Magnificent gems such as turquoise aquamarines, intense green demantoids and radiant topazes have long fascinated the royal families and continue to do so today. Some precious stones are just as famous as their renowned owners. “The histories of the individual gemstones are every bit as gripping as those of their prominent companions”, says gemstone expert Constantin Wild. “Apart from the material value, there is also an emotional value which is passed on down from generation to generation.” At Baselworld 2019, Constantin Wild will be showing royal treasures from his current premium collection.
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Gem Journal with declaration of love for home town of Idar-Oberstein

Green Edition — The latest issue of the Gem Journal, our exclusive magazine for friends of the company, is dedicated to the world of green gemstones and the balance between Nature and entrepreneurial responsibility. But it is also a declaration of love for the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and the gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein. The readers will receive some delightful insights into the picturesque landscape and culinary specialities of the Hunsrück. Aptly, the magazine also presents sparkling gemstones in green and shows that a green lifestyle can be luxurious too. “Green is not just most people’s favourite colour”, says managing director Constantin Wild. “It’s also a symbol of harmony. As a family enterprise that is regionally based but acts globally, this accord with our surroundings is very important to us.”

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park - Bachlauf im Hunsrück - Fotolia.de © Christoph
Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park – Fotolia.de © Christoph

Multi-faceted exploratory tour of Idar-Oberstein

The fourth edition of the Gem Journal stands for international trends and local down-to-earthness. The magazine provides some unusual insights into the company, goes on an exploratory tour in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, and even takes the reader on an adventure trip to Russia!

Constantin Wild - gem Journal - The Green Edition - Traveling Idar-Oberstein
Constantin Wild – Gem Journal – The Green Edition – Travelling Idar-Oberstein

Customers and friends of the company received their own personal copy by post in last October. Visitors to Tucson Show can make sure they get theirs personally, from 5 – 10 February at the GJX – Gem & Jewelry Exchange, Idar-Oberstein Group Pavilion,  Booth #4000.

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park - Ausblick vom Erbeskopf - Fotolia.de © Christoph
Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park – Fotolia.de © Christoph

 

Baselworld: “Many valuable contacts”

Baselworld Newsletter

Constantin Wild, gemstone dealer from Idar-Oberstein, discusses the importance of Baselworld.

Constantin Wild has been one of Baselworld’s most loyal exhibitors for more than thirty years. In this interview, the gemstone dealer from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, talks about what his company expects from the upcoming show and shares his evaluation of Baselworld’s importance for internationally active gemstone merchants.

Mr Wild, you wrote in your newsletter that you are proud to be present again as an exhibitor at Baselworld in 2019. How important is this trade show for your company?

Constantin Wild: Compared to all the other international trade shows that we participate at, Baselworld enjoys an exceptional position with regard to its audience, its professional visitors, its atmosphere and the quality of its exhibitors. The show has established itself over the years as an important meeting place for the international jewellery scene and it has successfully positioned itself in the luxury brands segment. During the past thirty years of our exhibiting at Baselworld, we were accordingly able to make valuable contacts with high-end jewellery producers, designers and jewellers from around the world. Of course, we hope this will remain so in the future too. Continue reading Baselworld: “Many valuable contacts”

A day in a gem mine

Gold mines are everywhere in the cityscape of Johannesburg. Naturally enough, we do not see what goes on below the surface; but piled up above it there are enormous table mountains – the waste tips. That always made me curious. I didn’t actually get the opportunity to visit a mine until now, eight years later. At a tourism portal on the Internet I happened on a feature offered by the Cullinan Mine near Pretoria, in which they do guided tours of the mine site and also a visit below ground. My interest was aroused immediately and I duly booked a tour. On a Saturday in November I set off to Pretoria together with a friend, and then on to Cullinan, forty kilometres further east.

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CONSTANTIN’S CELLAR

Many generations and some 170 years of company history lie dormant in the basement at Constantin Wild’s – in the form of raw gemstones from all parts of the world.

Constantins Cellar 01 - Foto © Martin Glauner
Mystical impression: the shape and luminosity of the raw stones stimulates the imagination – Foto © Martin Glauner

Roughly carpentered crates with handwritten labels, many of which have yellowed with age, are stored in the room which – like the house in the style of the founders – is over 100 years old. Enormous chunks whose outer surface is ochre peer out of a wooden box bearing the inscription ‘Chile-Lapis’. A few feet further over, the radiant pink of massive rose quartzes. The label on another box of stones says ‘Agates for showcase large 1930’. Other boxes are labelled ‘Aventurine’, ‘Jasper various’ or ‘Rhodonite’, and some of them, indeed, are still bound by the metal straps in which they were shipped. No question about it: Constantin’s cellar has a nostalgic charm to it – though it is not a purely ‘historical’ warehouse. Continue reading CONSTANTIN’S CELLAR

Constantin Wild – Proud to be at Baselworld 2019

The Baselworld 2019 this coming Spring is a fixed date in Constantin Wild´s Trade Fair calendar. The well-known dealer in gemstones has been part of this major trade show for jewellery and watches for the last 30 years. Then traditionally, watches, jewellery and gems belong together. In the forseeable future, gemstones will play an even greater role in Basel. Over the years, Baselworld has established itself as a meeting point for the international jewellery scene and has developed from a pure ordering event to an event platform. Gemstones are currently more in demand than ever before. „I am pleased to say, that the immense importance hereof is mirrored in the trade fair communications“, states Constantin Wild, who manages the company bearing his name in the 10th generation.

World Trade Fair for watches, jewellery and gemstones: Constantin Wild in a dialogue at the Baselworld Trade Fair
World Trade Fair for watches, jewellery and gemstones: Constantin Wild in a dialogue at the Baselworld Trade Fair

No jewellery without a gem
When expensive watches and designer jewellery meet, the basic ingredient obviously has to be there too: top-quality gemstones. The best known brands, the most renowned buyers and the most influential media will be coming together. Sales are traditionally excellent in the environment of the big brands. „We appreciate the new concept with its stronger focus on innovation and digital communication“, Wild emphasises. Continue reading Constantin Wild – Proud to be at Baselworld 2019

King of Tourmaline: Neon Greenish-Blue Paraiba Tourmaline – at “TheValue” Magazine

Speaking of Germany, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? Many of us may immediately think of football, automobile or beer. But The Value team is going to show you something that Germans are also passionate about – gemstones and jewels. …

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Constantin Wild - Tourmaline - Paraiba Tourmaline - oval - Mozambique
Constantin Wild – Tourmaline – Paraiba Tourmaline – oval – Mozambique

‘Wealth of stones’ in the Hunsrück – TV channel SR at Constantin Wild’s gemstone mine

“In this world we don’t possess anything for all eternity. All the wealth we have is only on loan”. That’s what Constantin Wild believes. As part of the theme day on ‘wealth’, the gemstone merchant takes the TV channel Saarländischer Rundfunk to his gemstone mine in Nunkirchen and talks about the ‘wealth of stones’ the Hunsrück boasted until the 1970s.

The programme shows why the exciting part of a raw stone is hidden away on its inside, how the best is brought out of gemstones in the cutting shop, and why Constantin Wild has the most beautiful profession in the world. When you see those delightful landscapes you quickly realise that wealth is a fitting description for the Hunsrück National Park too. For natural diversity is particularly pronounced in the extensive woodlands around Nunkirchen. And the aesthetic beauty of a rare gemstone reflects that in a fascinating and original form. Continue reading ‘Wealth of stones’ in the Hunsrück – TV channel SR at Constantin Wild’s gemstone mine

Constantin Wild in SWR series ‘Spuren im Stein – Der Hunsrück’

For thousands of years, the Hunsrück have been home to hidden mineral resources. These include precious metals such as copper and iron – and coloured gemstones too. A programme in the SWR series  Spuren im Stein – Der Hunsrück (‘Traces in the Stone’) revealed the geological peculiarities of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. On the premises of Constantin Wild, SWR has taken a very close look, examining in detail the process from the raw stone to the final cut. Watch the programme in the SWR-Mediathek at YouTube.

Coloured gemstones waiting for the final touch @ Constantin Wild
Coloured gemstones waiting for the final touch @ Constantin Wild

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