Niessing: manufactory since 1873

How we became what we are

Religious symbols and wedding rings

Today, Niessing is one of the world’s leading names in contemporary jewelry design. Niessing was established in 1873 in the town of Vreden, in the German region of Westphalia, near the Dutch border. At that time, Niessing primarily produced religious objects, such as crosses and other symbols used for praying and in church. Wedding rings, however, have always been one of Niessing’s mainstays. In the 1950s, Niessing advanced to one of Germany’s leading wedding ring producers. The seamless wedding ring, forged from a solid piece of precious metal, was developed by Niessing in the early 20th century. Even today, it is one of the most beautiful symbols for eternal love, without beginning or end.

Artists and designers working together

Ursula Exner, a daughter of the Niessing family, was the owner of the company in the 1970s. Until this day, her ideas remain crucial for the development of the specific Niessing design. She was very interested in art, and she worked together with architects—for example Max von Hausen—and artists—for example Joseph Beuys. Together, they shaped the Niessing design credo.

Bauhaus and Niessing

The art style of the Bauhaus of Weimar in Germany had a strong influence on the Niessing design philosophy. Bauhaus (1919 to 1933) is one of the most influential schools for architecture, design, and art in the 20th century. Artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were professors at the Bauhaus school.

The architect Walter Gropius founded this school. His basic idea: he wanted to bring together performing arts, visual arts, and applied arts; areas of art that are traditionally separate from each other. By opening the borders between craft, technology, art, and industry, Bauhaus also overcame the “l’art pour l’art”, the idea of art for art’s sake. In that view, art only exists in its own terms, apart from “real life”.

Form follows function

In Bauhaus, however, art is not an end in itself. The guiding principle for Bauhaus is: “Functional is beautiful!” It was a revolution in design when Bauhaus introduced its typical clear, simple forms. Functionality comes first; form is completely subordinate to function. In other words: “Form follows function.” Bauhaus was a revolution in art. Without Bauhaus, design and architecture of the 20th century would be completely different today. And Niessing would not be Niessing.

Niessing S: a significant milestone

Niessing S pendants were first introduced in the early 1980s. Only by forging, without soldering, is durable, cool platinum joined with soft, warm gold. The clear, circular form, the contrasting colors, the appearance that is both avantgardistic and archaic: Niessing S is the fist first two-dimensionally expanding Niessing jewelry. And it is the most significant piece of jewelry for the manufactory on its way from making solely wedding rings to creating contemporary jewelry design.

At about the same time, Niessing presents a piece of jewelry that will soon attract worldwide attention and become a design icon: the Niessing Ring®, a floating diamond ring, reduced to the purest design possible. Up to this day, Niessing’s tension rings still represent the most beautiful way to set a diamond. The award-winning original design is protected by copyright. (Design Walter Wittek)

The most beautiful colors of gold

Colors are as essential for a piece of jewelry as the form is. Our designers and goldsmiths started very early on to explore the most beautiful colors of gold. In the mid 1980s, they created a revolutionary color flow from cool silver to warm gold: Niessing Iris. This was followed by another masterpiece in 2010: Niessing aura®, with gold colors flowing from gentle red to suave gray. Besides these exclusive color flows, Niessing has completed the range of colors with nine exceptional colors of gold, such as Rosewood, Ivory, Sand Gray, and Spring Green.

Awards and exhibitions

The tension ring Niessing Ring®, the color flow Niessing aura®, the watch Radius 9, or Niessing Crystallite and Niessing Topia: the list of renowned awards for outstanding innovative design and clear design language is constantly continued, and many pieces of Niessing jewelry have been included in the collections of notable museums.

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