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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 1930s Necklace

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    This Machine Age necklace has as its centerpiece a row of three arrow-shaped, black Galalith plaques covered with chrome triangle panels. A fourth plaque drops from the trio. Red Galalith cylindrical beads accent the chrome chain links.  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.

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    USD$495.00
  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Jakob Bengel brickwork necklace
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    Chrome Brickwork 1930s 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 one by Bengel.

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    Green & Black Enamel Brickwork 1930s 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 creation. This necklace features green and black enamel on chrome, with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This German Machine Age piece is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side. Scroll down to see the same necklace in red and black.

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    Lapis & Chrome German 1930s Necklace

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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 maker’s pieces were never signed.) 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$175.00
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    Red & Black Enamel 1930s Bracelet by Jakob Bengel

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    Red and black enamel decorate this chrome 1930s German Machine Age bracelet attributed to Jakob Bengel. The articulation is superb. This bracelet closes with a spring-ring clasp. Scroll down to see one of his brickwork necklaces, a brooch, and a pair of his earrings, all in the same color combination.

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    Red & Black Enamel Brickwork 1930s 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 a red-and-black-enamel bracelet and a pair of earrings by the same maker, as well as the same style necklace with green- and-black enamel.

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  • 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 1930s 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$425.00
    USD$425.00
  • Jakob Bengel earrings in red and black Galalith
    Jakob Bengel Machine Age earrings
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    Red & Black Galalith 1930s Jakob Bengel Earrings

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    These Jakob Bengel earrings feature raised black Galalith triangles with red Galalith slots. The chrome settings envelope 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 ear wires with 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
  • 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 1930s 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

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    USD$395.00
  • 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 with chrome caps suspended from lines of twisted-chrome. This pair was made by Jakob Bengel in a Machine Age design. When I bought the earrings from a Bengel expert in the UK, they came with ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears. I do not know their metal content. If these earrings are too long for you, a jeweler could substitute a post where the ear wire meets the earring. Scroll down to see the matching necklace.

    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00