Niessing Milestones

Design icons since 1873

Tradition and innovation

For over 140 years, people have been conceiving, creating, and producing jewelry at Niessing in Vreden. The manufactory was originally founded as a workshop for devotional objects, with wedding rings also being produced beside ecclesiastical ornaments. Today, Niessing is an internationally renowned brand and one of the top manufacturers of premium, contemporary German jewelry design.

1873

Hermann Niessing starts a jewelry manufactory in Vreden, Germany, near the Dutch border. Until today, Niessing’s head office remains in Vreden.

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1904

The seamless wedding ring is invented.

1950

Niessing joins the ranks of leading German wedding ring manufacturers.

1970

Ursula Exner—daughter to Bernhardine and Franz Niessing—and the professor for architecture, Max von Hausen, together lay the foundation for the Niessing design philosophy, which is based on the art style of the Bauhaus.

1974

Niessing introduces its first jewelry line, Setario. The name is derived from the two words “set” and “variation”.

1979

Niessing introduces Niessing Mutatio, its first kinetic jewelry. Ring and bracelet are each formed from eight movable circle segments.

1979

The Niessing Ring® is developed: A ring and a floating diamond is all it takes for the original tension ring. The award-winning original design is protected by copyright. (Design Walter Wittek)

1982

In the series Niessing S, fine gold and platinum are inseparably joined. This large, expanding jewelry is a milestone in terms of the manufactory’s design language.

1984

Niessing introduces different colored gold alloys in red, reddish, green, pale green, sand gray, and gray.

1984

Iris is launched: a jewelry collection made of a gold alloy with colors flowing smoothly from cool silver to warm fine gold.

1986

The Niessing Coil with its flexible, circular shape is brought to the market as a fresh and fashionable alternative to the traditional necklace. Today, the Niessing Coil is made from various materials, and it comes in different diameters and lengths.

1993

Niessing Radius 9, the manufactory’s first watch, is introduced. Radius 9 won the Red Dot Design Award, among other awards.

1999

The first Niessing Store opens in the Stilwerk in Berlin. Today there are eight stores in Germany: beside Berlin also those in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, Constance, Munich, Münster, and Stuttgart. In Asia, Niessing Stores are located in Japan and in Korea.

2000

Niessing Abacus is the official ring designed on the occasion of the EXPO World Exhibition 2000 in Hanover.

2001

The Niessing Ring® is protected by copyright as a work of art in its form “Round”.

2010

Niessing aura® is another masterpiece: Different hues of gold transform continuously from gentle red to suave gray.

2011

Niessing Coil turns into Niessing Colette: Delicate bracelets, flexible rings, and creoles are made of the classic coil. Enjoy them every day!

2014

The series Niessing Topia is introduced. It is awarded the design prize “Red Dot: Best of the Best” for highest design quality and groundbreaking design.

2014

Niessing Ring® Heaven continues the idea of the tension ring classics HighEnd and OpenEnd. A slim, gently curved ring sweeps upward and opens up to hold a large diamond floating at a spectacular height. Up to heaven… A tension ring, a jewelry ring—and an engagement ring for a new generation.

2014

The Niessing brand is represented by a new, young face: the internationally renowned model Charlott Cordes.

2015

In collaboration with VOGUE Germany, Niessing opens the exhibition “STATE OF THE ART. Design and zeitgeist from 1979 until today” at Literaturhaus München. Large portraits, jewelry photos, and jewelry creations from four decades take the visitors on a time trip through the Niessing design history.

2015

The series Niessing Crystallite is awarded the internationally renowned design prize “Red Dot” as well as the German Design Award Special in 2016.

2016

The rings of Niessing Satellite Colors send diamonds into their orbit. Sparkling white and naturally colored diamonds and many different colors of gold make a colorful artwork for the hand.

2016

Niessing Rosewood (2015) and Niessing Ivory complete the Niessing range of gold colors. Nine unique Niessing colors and the color flows Iris and Niessing aura® make a color spectrum that is unique worldwide.

2016

The eighth German Niessing Store is opened in Cologne, in the heart of the city on Breite Strasse.

2016

Lucia is the latest Niessing Ring®. An exclusive limited edition of only 30 rings worldwide features the perfect harmony of naturally colored, 2 ct diamonds and the beautiful Niessing Colors of gold, creating a unique, magical light.

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