Neissing

Neissing

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

1873
Hermann Niessing starts a jewellery factory in the Westphalian town of Vreden, Germany, near the Dutch border. Until today, Niessing’s head office remains in Vreden.

1904
The seamless wedding ring is invented.

1928
Niessing develops a machine for engraving wedding rings and has it patented.

1930
Niessing builds a ring resizing machine that continues to be produced until this day

1950
Niessing joins the ranks of leading German wedding ring manufacturers.

1967
Niessing for the first time uses diamonds for its wedding rings.

1970
Ursula Exner, daughter to Bernhardine and Franz Niessing, and the professor for architecture Max von Hausen together lay the foundation for the Niessing philosophy. Contemporary design now becomes the definite focus, and external designers are increasingly involved.

1974
Niessing Setario – the name is created from “set” and “variation” – is introduced to the market. This is the first jewellery line by the Vreden manufactory. Softly curved rings offer ever new possibilities for different combinations. Niessing has retained its creative and playful approach to jewellery down to the present day.

1975
Platinum is newly introduced as a jewellery metal in Germany. Niessing discovers the synthesis of platinum and fine gold, thereby leveraging the breakthrough of platinum in the German market for jewellery.

1979
Niessing introduces Niessing Mutatio, its first kinetic jewellery. Ring and bracelet are formed from eight movable circle segments each.

1979
The Vreden artist Walter Wittek develops the Niessing Tension Ring®. A diamond seems to float freely, without a setting, only held by the tension of the ring.

1980
With its jewellery line Niessing Pressed, Niessing makes the manufacturing process of jewellery visible: Deformations of the material become a recognizable design element and are left visible as such.

1982
The jewelry collection Niessing S is introduced. Niessing develops its own, patented techniques for joining fine gold and platinum in an insoluble combination. The first two-dimensional Niessing jewelry is a milestone in terms of the manufactory’s form language.

1984
The designer Matthias Mönnich develops Iris: A jewellery collection with a color gradient flowing smoothly from cool silver to warm fine gold.

1985
For Niessing Terrazzo, fine gold and platinum are elaborately forged by hand and crafted with slightly different heights that form a delicately textured surface. The platinum is just perceptibly raised above the gold, creating a special, tactile appeal.

1986
The Niessing Coil, shaped as a flexible circle, provides the market with a modern update for necklaces. Today, the Niessing Coil is made from various different materials and it comes in different diameters and lengths.

1987
Niessing Hollow & Groove offers extraordinary insights: The interior of a ring or bangle becomes visible through a crack running along the band.

1993
Niessing Radius 9, the manufactory’s first watch, is introduced.

1998
The Niessing Braided Line picks up on the ancient technique of braiding and realizes it in an aesthetically reduced form. Very fine bands of gold or platinum are used for this line.

2000
Niessing Abacus is introduced on the occasion of the EXPO World Exhibition 2000 in Hannover. Made of stainless steel with three moving spheres, over 65,000 of these official EXPO-Rings were sold worldwide just in the first year.

2000
Rings with relation: »Niessing Performance« is yet another instance of the modern character of Niessing wedding ring design.

2001
The Niessing Tension Ring® is protected by copyright in its form as developed by Walter Wittek.

2005
Improved manufacturing methods lead to continuous development of the tension ring. The Niessing Ring® »HighEnd« takes shape.

2006
Kashikey, Niessing’s sales partner in Japan, opens the first Japanese-based Niessing Shop in Tokyo.

2009
The partners Klaus Kaufhold, Johanna Lenz-Kaufhold, and Günter Henrich set up business with the new Niessing Manufaktur GmbH & Co. KG. They continue to lead the company according to the original philosophy. The management thereby builds in equal measure on the independent, award-winning Niessing form language and on the highly qualified, professionally and emotionally committed employees

2009
The first Niessing Shop in China opens in Beijng .

2010
Together with the architecture office Dreiform in Cologne, Niessing redesigns the German shops along a new concept. Under the umbrella of the Niessing Schmuck Kooperation GmbH & Co. KG, the shops now also present jewellery by such renowned designers as Henrich & Denzel, André Ribeiro, Georg Spreng, and Carl Dau.

2010
Niessing aura® is introduced, a masterpiece developed by Niessing’s design manager Timo Küchler: Different hues of gold transform continuously from an intensive red to a mellow grey. Today, Niessing manufactures Niessing aura® tension rings and wedding rings, bangles, and spheres for the Niessing Coil.

2011
The Vreden-based manufactory publishes its first book entitled »Niessing – From idea to identity«. On 160 pages, the elaborately designed and illustrated book traces the manufactory’s history through almost 140 years to becoming one of the leading contemporary jewelry designers.

2012
A year of new locations: The meanwhile sixth German-based Niessing Shop opens in the city of Constance in 2012. The medieval building in the old town forms a very special contrastive setting for modern jewelry. The new shop in Nagoya is an additional pillar of Niessing’s presence in Japan. And after six years in the Stilwerk in Stuttgart, Niessing takes up residence in a very exclusive location in the city.

2013
Niessing celebrates its 140th anniversary – and at long last opens a shop where the manufactory has its origin: in the northwestern German region of Münsterland. The new Niessing Shop is located in the city of Münster at the Alter Fischmarkt, the gateway to the historical old town.