Dear gemstone lovers,
when the magnolia in the garden of my house in Idar-Oberstein begins to flower, I know springtime is at the door. But when I see those first buds it’s not just a question of my taking pleasure in the beauty of the tree. I also think back to the time when I planted it to mark the birth of my son. That was 19 years ago – and now there he is taking his school-leaving exams! Time flies. But one thing’s for sure: winter is over now. I’m very much looking forward to the summer, to hot sunny days in my garden with that gorgeous magnolia in blossom. Why not just drop by and admire that magnificence together with me – the magnificence in my garden and the magnificence in my Gem Room too. I’ll be happy to show you around!
Dear gemstone lovers,
it’s out – ‘The Fantasy Gift Edition’ of my Gem Journal. On this occasion too, I’m going to take you on a journey. To be more precise, a high-carat journey, from New York straight to Idar-Oberstein. Learn how two American ladies came to create the perfect locket in my gemstone workshop. Discover the beauty of my homeland. And find out how important gemstone reports are for the industry. Those are just a few of the topics covered in the new magazine. Some of you are sure to be holding it in your hands already – and as for all the others, I will of course be delighted to hand you a copy on my exhibition stand.
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!
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:
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.
“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→
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.
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→
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:
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!
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→
there’s a chance now to experience a film version of Constantin’s world: on Japanese television!
The 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.
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→
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.
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→
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!
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?
harmony, contentedness, eternity. Many people associate the colour blue with these concepts. In my treasure chamber there are some exclusive highlights which are every bit as beautiful as a bright summer sky!
A shine like no other: blue zircon
There is hardly a stone with such a high refraction as zircon. And this comes out particularly well when the stone is blue. With its diamantine shine and its unbelievable optical depth, the blue zircon is an absolute highlight in my current collection ‘more than just rare’. The stone originates from Cambodia, weighs 38 carats and measures 18 by 15 millimetres, and sparkles in a star and step cut. A genuine cushion-shaped heavyweight! A stone of this size and quality is very rare – and predestined to be a collector’s item for that reason.Continue reading Springtime – Baselworld highlights 2015→
Canary, Paraiba and imperial topaz: exclusive gemstones for the first sunbeams of the year.
This year too, the Hong Kong International Diamond & Gem Show and BASELWORLD will attract numerous gemstone connoisseurs from all over the world. I will be presenting to my customers three particularly rare stones from my premium line ‘More than just rare’. And what is more, they fit in really well with the coming season from the fashion point of view!
it’s not expensive presents that are the best thing about Christmas for me. What I like most, after an eventful year, is having the opportunity – at last! – to spend some time with my family. And this Christmas there’s going to be an addition to that family: a German wire-haired pointer will be joining the Wild clan!
I can hardly wait to get out there with our new dog and roam the wonderful winter landscape of my home region!
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from the Wild family
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!
Constantin has come up with some fitting highlights!
Dear Gemstone Lovers,
When I opened my exhibition stand at the first INTERGEM, it was 1984. And today, the trade fair in Idar-Oberstein is still a red-letter day for me, an appointment not to be missed. On the occasion of the 30-year jubilee I am therefore bringing a really top-class stone with me: An imperial topaz of over 30 carats seems to me to be just the right thing for this occasion! Alongside some other sparkling and exclusive stones, I am donating an unusual set in the shape of the INTERGEM logo for the visitors’ prize.
we should make hay while the sun shines. And on Saturday 12 July, the time had finally come to do so, for I had invited several hundred wonderful people to my big summer fete. And one thing can certainly be said about it: Idar-Oberstein has surely never seen such a grand celebration!
Milan, Chicago, New York, LA, Zurich, Rio, Geneva, Dallas, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Tehran, Bogotá, Dubai, London, Taipei, Tokyo, St. Petersburg or Hong Kong: dear friends, faithful companions and business partners had travelled to Idar-Oberstein from all the corners of this Earth to join me in celebrating life. Indeed, my international guests and I spent the Friday evening getting into the mood.
Hong Kong, Tucson, Basel. I love travelling the world. Yet home is still the best place to be. In my garden, where the cherries are already ripe. And if, in addition to that, I have a few friendly people around me – I’m perfectly happy!
Just recently I had a visit from a group of 17 from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain – or Gem-A – one of the leading providers of jewellery and gem education. The trip was organised by Deborah Mazza, who once lived in Idar-Oberstein herself, and Charles Evans, responsible for infrastructure and IT. After all, Idar-Oberstein has been, and still is, Europe’s top destination for gemstone connoisseurs and enthusiasts.
And when I have guests to look after, I leave nothing to chance …