The Neiger company was started at the beginning of the 20th century in Gablonz. Norbert Neiger ran the company and Max Neiger headed the workshop. The business was successful and expanded after WW1. Their work was of the highest quality and sold well in America and Europe. They did not actually make the stamped components. These were chosen and mounted on the base by their workers - either in the workshop or by home workers. They had many imitators. Unfortunately they did not survive WW2. Not much of their work was marked - I have never had a marked piece. They are known particularly for their Chinese style and Egyptian Revival pieces in the 1920's - often using glass stones to imitate jade and coral. Less is known about their work in the 1930's. I often get asked about being able to spot a Neiger piece from the pieces made by their competitors. This is not easy. The design of the individual elements can give clues. Also the backs of the pieces are often stronger - to offset the elements on the front. The relatively new website - www.neigerjewelry.com - is now a great help. The person behind the website has done extensive research into Neiger designs. The website seems to be in an early stage and most of the information is on the home page. Click on a picture and lots of others will appear! I do hope one day someone will have enough information to write a book! The items in my picture are generally accepted to be by Neiger.
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