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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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    $ 495

    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.
    $ 495
    $ 495
  • Vintage necklace and bracelet set in chrome & glass
    Machine Age chrome & glass necklace
    $ 995

    Chrome & Glass Link Necklace & Bracelet

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    This vintage necklace and bracelet set with chrome and molded glass links is so unusual that its origins have been debated by the expert in European costume jewelry – Ginger Moro. Her book European Designer Jewelry describes the pieces as Belgian (where the Art Deco style was “a synthesis of French and German styles”). When I purchased the set, she told me that she had bought it in Brussels about 40 years ago from a dealer who also had sold her some Bengel jewelry. At that time, before the first Bengel book was published, no one knew about the firm. Since then, Moro and the dealer have decided that this set had to be by Bengel for three reasons: “nobody else was doing any chrome jewelry that sophisticated”; the dealer had bought it from the same source as other Bengel pieces; and they discovered that Bengel was working with glass links. I don’t think the maker matters. This Machine Age look is unusual and striking! The color of the glass segments, which are pale peach in reality, is very difficult to capture in photographs. The necklace closes with a hook; the bracelet has a spring-ring clasp. This necklace was made for a slim neck, so please note the necklace length (14 3/4") and check your neck size before purchasing this set.
    $ 995
    $ 995
  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Front of chrome brickwork necklace
    $ 395

    Chrome Brickwork Collar 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 collar on either side. Scroll down to see several Machine Age bracelets to wear with this necklace, including one by Bengel.
    $ 395
    $ 395
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    $ 395

    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.
    $ 395
    $ 395
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    Lapis bead necklace with chrome
    Lapis bead & chrome Machine Age necklace
    $ 185

    Lapis Bead Necklace with Chrome

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    This lapis bead necklace in a 1930s German Machine Age design was probably made by Jakob Bengel. It has glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps. The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. (This maker’s jewelry was 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 jewel. Scroll down to see coordinating bracelets. Perfect adornments for those who wear cool colors.
    $ 185
    $ 185
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    Vintage enamel bracelet in red & black on chrome
    Jakob Bengel bracelet in red & black enamel
    $ 325

    Red & Black Enamel 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 and a pair of his earrings, both in the same color combination.
    $ 325
    $ 325
  • Red and black enamel necklace by Jakob Bengel
    Front of brickwork pattern necklace
    $ 395

    Red & Black Enamel Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    This red and black enamel necklace is unsigned. Even so, it has been well-documented as a Mauerwerk (brickwork) piece by Jakob Bengel. It features 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.
    $ 395
    $ 395
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    Jakob Bengel earrings in red and black Galalith
    Jakob Bengel Machine Age earrings
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • 1930s necklace by Jakob Bengel with red beads and chrome
    Red bead & chrome Machine Age necklace by Bengel
    $ 395

    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
    $ 395
    $ 395
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    Art Deco pendant earrings by Bengel with red beads & chrome
    Red bead & chrome Machine Age earrings
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295