The industrial heritage monument Jakob Bengel is the only authentic manufacturing plant with company flats and an industrialist mansion, which embodies the over 130 year industrial history of the city of Idar-Oberstein. In the district of Oberstein, situated below the city theatre, the Bengel company, which employed 100 people during the golden age, offers guided tours through the factory. Insights are given into the chain-, jewellery-, and accessory production with diverse technologies and numerous self developed tools. The partly antique machinery and old production processes indicate the creative power of the trade (jewellery design, engraving and the building of tools), which in the era of controlled mechanics set the prerequisites for a successful jewellery production. Since 2003 the Art Deco jewellery of Jakob Bengel of the 20’s and 30’s, is reproduced according to their own pattern books with the original tools and in the same production method in limited editions for special customers. The jewellery of this style is experiencing a renaissance.

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