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Jakob Bengel Jewelry

This wonderful selection of Jakob Bengel jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, and brooches. This German maker, whose Machine Age designs are so coveted today, first opened a watch chain and metal wares factory in Idar-Oberstein in 1873. Greatly influenced by the Bauhaus School, the company changed to the production of costume jewelry in the 1920s. Designers fashioned stainless steel, chrome, nickel, glass, and Galalith into geometric shapes. By the 1930s, their distinctive Art Deco pieces were shipped all over the world. Production ceased at the start of World War II. The company remained unknown until the late 1990s largely because their pieces were unsigned. Read more about Jakob Bengel.

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    Black & Red Galalith & Chrome German Machine Age Necklace

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    This German Machine Age necklace has as its centerpiece a row of three arrow-shaped black Galalith plaques covered with chrome triangle panels, with a fourth plaque as a drop and a red Galalith cylindrical bead on both sides. The chain links and findings are chrome.  This piece reminds me of the work of Jakob Bengel.  I had four links removed from this necklace because I bought it for myself, but I saved the pieces for the future owner. Scroll down to see the perfect Bengel earrings to wear with this necklace.

    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Jakob Bengel brickwork necklace
    USD$475.00
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    Chrome Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    This Jakob Bengel necklace in the well-known Mauerwerk (brickwork) pattern is the epitome of German Machine Age design. This chromium-plated brass piece, which closes with a spring-ring clasp, feels very slinky. You can wear this necklace on either side. Scroll down to see several Machine age bracelets to wear with this necklace, including two by Bengel.

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    USD$475.00
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    Green & Black Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Although it’s unsigned, this 1930s Mauerwerk (brickwork) necklace has been well-documented as a Jakob Bengel piece.  It features green and black enamel on chrome with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This German Machine Age necklace is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side.  Scroll down to see the same necklace in red and black.

    USD$400.00
    USD$400.00
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    Lapis & Chrome German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Lapis glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps form this German Machine Age necklace.  The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp, which may be a replacement (it is brass in color). The center bead has a minor flaw that probably occurred during manufacture.  This small imperfection does not detract from the beauty or wearability of this necklace. Scroll down to see earrings and bracelets that coordinate with this piece.

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    USD$195.00
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    Red & Black Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Although it’s unsigned, this 1930s Mauerwerk (brickwork) necklace has been well documented as a piece by Jakob Bengel. It features red and black enamel on chrome with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This Machine Age necklace is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side. This piece is from my personal collection. Scroll down to see two red and black enamel bracelets, and a pair of earrings by the same maker as well as the same necklace in green and black.

    USD$450.00
    USD$450.00
  • Red & black vintage enamel bracelet in brickwork pattern by Jakob Bengel
    Jakob Bengel red & black enamel tapered bracelet
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    Red & Black Enamel Brickwork German Art Deco Bracelet by Jakob Bengel

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    Although it’s unsigned, this vintage enamel bracelet in a brickwork pattern is definitely a Jakob Bengel piece. It features red and black enamel on chrome with an attractive, tapered link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This Machine Age bracelet is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side. This piece, which closes with a spring-ring clasp, is from my personal collection. Another Bengel bracelet, earrings, and brooch in the same color combination, as well as other pieces in his brickwork pattern are available – scroll down to see them.

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    USD$325.00
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    Red & Black Enamel German Machine Age Bracelet by Jakob Bengel

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    Red and black enamel decorate this chrome 1930s German Machine Age bracelet attributed to Jakob Bengel. (His pieces were not signed.) The articulation is superb. This bracelet closes with a spring-ring clasp.  Scroll down to see one of his brickwork necklaces, another of his bracelets, a brooch, and a pair of his earrings in the same color combination.

    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Costume brooch in red, black and chrome Machine Age design
    Close-up view of red Galalith on Bengel brooch
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    Red & Black Galalith German Machine Age Brooch by Jakob Bengel

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    This costume brooch by Jakob Bengel is a Machine Age design in red & black Galalith on chrome. The colored semi-circles on chrome are joined with chrome tubes. A wonderful accessory for a coat, dress, or jacket. Very distinctive, very wearable, and very modern. I bought this brooch for my personal collection from a Bengel expert in the UK. Scroll down to see other pieces by this maker to wear with this brooch.

    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Jakob Bengel earrings in red and black Galalith
    Jakob Bengel Machine Age earrings
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    Red & Black Galalith German Machine Age Earrings by Jakob Bengel

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    These Jakob Bengel earrings feature raised black Galalith triangles with red Galalith slots. The chrome setting envelopes the stones. A stack of chrome disks completes the design. I purchased these earrings from a Bengel expert in the UK. They came with their unmarked lever-backs for pierced ears, so I am unaware of the metal content. If you require sterling silver, a competent jeweler could switch the ear wires. Scroll down to see Jakob Bengel pieces that work beautifully with these earrings.

    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Red Bakelite & Chrome Machine Age Bar Brooch

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    This cylinder brooch of red plastic (Bakelite?) wrapped in chrome reminds me of the work of Jakob Bengel. Early plastics were often combined with other materials during the Art Deco era. This piece closes with a simple C-clasp. Scroll down to see the perfect Machine Age earrings, which are by Bengel, to wear with this fun brooch.

    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Art Deco pendant earrings by Bengel with red beads & chrome
    Red bead & chrome Machine Age earrings
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    Red Bead & Chrome Art Deco Pendant Earrings by Jakob Bengel

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    These Art Deco pendant earrings feature deep-red (almost burgundy) glass beads capped with chrome. They were made by Jakob Bengel in a Machine Age design. When I bought them with the matching necklace (scroll down to see it), the earrings already had lever-backs for pierced ears, so I am not sure of their metal content. If these earrings are too long for you, a jeweler could add a post where the lever-back meets the earring.

    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1930s necklace by Jakob Bengel with red beads and chrome
    Red bead & chrome Machine Age necklace by Bengel
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    Red Bead & Chrome German Art Deco Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    This 1930s necklace has five deep-red (almost burgundy) glass beads capped with chrome that form the centerpiece of this Jakob Bengel creation. Twisted chrome elements and beads, and a paper-clip chain complete this Machine Age piece. I bought this wonderful necklace and the matching earrings (scroll down to see them) from a Bengel expert in the UK. See more Jakob Bengel jewelry

    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00