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Their finesse and elegance in jewellery crafts makes Germany an interesting hub of jewellery making. Kavita Parab highlights few aspects of this jewellery making hub.
By: Diamond World News Service
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Feb 18 2017 4:58PM
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Germany is one of the most powerful industrial countries in the world located at the center of Europe, and is bordered with Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. It has one of the highest standards of living worldwide, is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world (after the United States, Japan and China).

Jewellery Industry
“Made in Germany”, originally a mark of origin, is known worldwide as a Symbol of German quality, which applies to most products and especially to jewellery, silverware and gemstones. Quality in this sector is based on extensive education, a high level of technology and many years of experience. That is why German jewellery and silverware is valued so highly in over 160 export markets around the world. Although the main export markets are located in Europe, in which about 70 per cent of the business is carried out, the German jewellery and silverware industry has increasingly turned to the Far East countries in recent years and especially to Hong Kong as the gateway to the Asian market.

Jewellery Making and Gemstone Cutting Centres
The centre of the German jewellery industry is situated in Pforzheim on the outskirts of the Black Forest, where approx. 70 per cent of jewellery is produced. Located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Pforzheim’s flourishing jewellery and watch-making industry has earned the town its nickname “Goldstadt” or Golden City. The companies in Pforzheim make great efforts every year to coordinate their collections to the taste of individual sales regions abroad. This is undoubtedly the main reason why this industrial sector has been so successful in assuming a leading position and maintaining this until the present day.

Pforzheim is also home to the world’s only museum devoted to the history of jewellery with exhibits that span over 5,000 years, as well as the internationally renowned School of Design and the Institute of Jewellery Technology at Pforzheim University. In addition to the jewellery centre of Pforzheim there is the gemstone cutting centre of Idar- Oberstein. This international trading place has its origin in the rough stones that were once mined there.

Today the term “Idar-cut” stands all over the world for superior cutting, innovative gem design and distinguished qualities. In a field of strong international competition Idar-Oberstein has been able to maintain its place as one of the top gem centres of the world.

Well-known Brands
Meissen, Atelier Zobel, Schreiner Fine Jewellery, Wellendorff, CADA, Atelier Munsteiner, Christ, Thomas Sabo, Wempe, Niessing, Hellmuth and Bijou Brigitte are some of the famous jewellery brands from Germany.

Schreiner Fine Jewellery’s Gerhard Schreiner’s fascination with precious stones moved him to immerse himself in the world of jewels. His endeavours led him to Colombia in 1988, the land of emeralds, where the extraordinary successstory of Gerhard Schreiner began. Today, there are 300 employees working in Schreiner’s enterprise, which has its headquarters in Germany. Designers in Italy as well as Spain are producing Schreiners “haute joaillerie”. His name represents, throughout the world, the highest luxury imaginable, the absolutely highest standards of quality and the highest demands.And today one can find jewellery from the Schreiner Collection in the treasure chests of numerous noble residences throughout the world.

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