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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

 

The play of physical forces

From Edinburgh to Malaga, Paris to Moscow … Constantin Wild has probably already been there on his motorbike. Sometimes he even tracks down gemstones on his discovery tours, as he did a few years ago in Russia …

Constantin Wild has been out and reconnoitred the whole of Europe on my hot machine, here in the area of Idar-Oberstein.
Constantin Wild has been out and reconnoitred the whole of Europe on my hot machine, here in the area of Idar-Oberstein.

“On a motorbike, you get to know the world in a much more direct, unfiltered way than you would by car, for example,” says Constantin Wild. “You’re right up close all the time: close to the road, close to Nature, close to the people.” It’s that ‘playing with physical forces’ that has appealed to him about motorcycling for a long time: “Playing with centrifugal forces, gravitational pull, speed. And obviously there’s a bit of recklessness in there somewhere too,” admits Wild with a smile. … Continue reading The play of physical forces

Colour Trends 2016

For more than 50 years, Pantone Inc. of the USA has been determining in colours that call the tune in fashion and lifestyle. This year for the first time, not one colour but two have been chosen as Colour of the Year: ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’, a warm pink and a cool blue. Whilst the pink reflects our longing to feel safe and secure, the blue stands for order and peace. According to Pantone, this is exactly the mix we need in our turbulent times – and it goes without saying that the corresponding hues are also to be found in my treasure chamber!

Constantin Wild - Fine Gemstones - Pink Imperial Topaz and Aquamarine
Colour Trends 2016 – Constantin Wild – Pink Imperial Topaz and Aquamarine

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Wild trip to Rio

Dear gemstone lovers,
What about just jetting over to Rio? That’s exactly what we – W. Constantin Wild & Co. – did at our Christmas party. While our friend Bernd Bunn whisked us safely down to the Copacabana and back, the rest of the team sat behind in the cabin getting spoiled with food and drink from the trolley. And there was no lack of bossa nova or samba either. And all this in spite of the fact that we never even left our beloved Nahe region at all! Because actually, we were ‘travelling’ in a flight simulator. It was a very special journey – and an appropriate conclusion to a successful business year. Browse our Trip to Rio Gallery:

Rio de Jainero

Destination: Trip to Rio de Jainero

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THE FANTASTIC TWO

In convivial company, Constantin Wild, whose gemstone company bears his name, sometimes strikes up a song on his accordion. Occasionally he gives a performance ‘for fun’ together with his friend and teacher.

FANTASTIC TWO - Constantin Wild making music with Bernd Bunn in his holiday house. His German wire-haired terrier ‘Arras’ is always in the thick of it too.
Constantin Wild making music with Bernd Bunn in his holiday house. His German wire-haired terrier ‘Arras’ is always in the thick of it too.

“For me, music is omnipresent”, says Constantin Wild. His taste goes right across the board, from jazz via rock to classical. He actually had some of the background music for his showroom composed. And music can even be heard in the garden of his holiday house – that is, if he doesn’t just happen to be playing himself at the time. Continue reading THE FANTASTIC TWO

SPARKLING GEMSTONES FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON

Dear gemstone lovers,

two stones that could not be more different: a fresh, apple green chrome tourmaline that has a calming effect on the senses, and a radiant orange sapphire pulsating with energy. Yet they have one thing in common: they are both top-class stones – and I will be presenting both at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair and the INTERGEM fair in Idar-Oberstein in October.

SPARKLING GEMSTONES - Constantin Wild - Tourmaline - Chrome Tourmaline - 34ct oval
Chrome Tourmaline – over 30 ct oval

Chrome Tourmaline: like some delicate spring growth

Those in the know are aware that the chrome tourmaline is an extremely rare variety of the green tourmaline. A fresh, radiant apple green, for which it has the perfect interplay of traces of chromium and vanadium to thank, is the trademark of this exquisite stone from Tanzania. As the chrome tourmaline has become a rarity, I am especially glad to be able to offer a really prime specimen of more than 30 carats. This radiant wunderkind measures some 25 by 18 millimetres, and its vivacious, natural green has been brought out to perfection by the precise star cut. Continue reading SPARKLING GEMSTONES FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON

A sparkling gift

Dear gemstone lovers,
I have some high-class holidays behind me, in the truest sense of the word. Having said that, I’m not referring to my own holiday – though that too was very nice. No, I’m talking about the vacation of two American ladies, Marilyn Pape and Shelley Bennett. The two of them paid me a visit in Idar-Oberstein last month. So how did that come about? Well, Marilyn purchased one of the famous ‘fantasy gifts’ for her daughter Shelley from the luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus: a custom locket, set with sparkling gemstones – and a three-day journey to my place in Idar-Oberstein so that she could select the right stones for herself. Our sparkling gift gallery:

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Exciting days …

Dear gemstone lovers,

days at trade fairs are exciting days, and they are often full of surprises! In June, at the Jewellery & Gem Fair, I had a chance to experience that once again. I wonder if you can guess what it was that made my appearance in Hong Kong so special this time. Apart from the many interesting discussions, it was fascinating to see how little time it took for word of the extraordinary beauty of the coloured gemstones I’d taken with me in my treasure chest to get around: ‘word-of-mouth recommendation’ is certainly the most fitting expression to describe the considerable crush round my stand in the Grand Hall!

Hong Kong - Gem Show - Grand Hall
Hong Kong – Gem Show – Grand Hall

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BS-TBS presents: Constantin Wild

Dear gemstone lovers,

there’s a chance now to experience a film version of Constantin’s world: on Japanese television!

350px-BS-TBS_logoThe TV station BS-TBS is making a series and looking for ‘elegant jewellery stories’. It goes without saying that the crew were in exactly the right place in my treasure chamber.

It was great working together with Mr Toru Imahashi and Ms Satomi Schmidt
It was great working together with Mr Toru Imahashi and Ms Satomi Schmidt

My Japanese guests were thrilled with their little ‘tour de Wild’. We started off in the raw stone basement, where natural treasures are stored. In our in-house cutting-shop, my employees showed the camera crew some genuine German craftsmanship. Continue reading BS-TBS presents: Constantin Wild

Heritage

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

Constantin’s new website

It’s always good to tread new paths. That applies to the search for new treasures just as much as it does to the dynamic development of the World Wide Web.

That’s why I’m glad to be able to present you with my completely overhauled website: for connoisseurs and gemstone lovers. For all aspects of the fascinating world of gemstones.

Why not dip into that world?

Please visit the new website at www.constantinwild.com