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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.

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

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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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.

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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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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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