Wonderful to visit the former necklaces and watch chains manufactory Jacob Bengel in Idar-Oberstein. The company produced chains from 1873 to 1995 which were a worldwide success from the beginning.
Idar-Oberstein is known as "the gemstone city" in Germany. Until the 18th century, the area was a source for Agate and Jasper gemstones. At the beginning of the 19th century, the local gemstone deposits went back. Not a few Idar-Obersteiner people sought their luck in South America and sent back raw gemstones from Brazil to Germany. To this day, gemstone merchants from Idar-Oberstein travel around the world to get the best raw materials and work for the best jewelers worldwide. The chains we use for our necklaces are also produced in Idar-Oberstein.