Kordes & Lichtenfels: K&L German Jewellery Brand

Kordes & Lichtenfels: K&L German Jewellery Brand

Kordes & Lichtenfels is an antique jewellery brand with a rich history dating back to 1884 when it was founded in Pforzheim, a city in southwest Germany known for its jewellery-making heritage. The brand specialized in producing high-quality pieces that have since become highly collectible and sought-after by jewellery enthusiasts worldwide. Kordes & Lichtenfels jewellery can most notably be be identified by it's "K&L" hallmark. A close up example of the "K&L" hallmark can be seen here on the bale of a vintage locket:

K&L makers stamp

Founded by Klaus Kordes and Christian Lichtenfels the company has grown to become one of the most respected names in the jewellery industry. Their unique designs, combined with exceptional quality, have made Kordes & Lichtenfels a favourite among vintage jewellery enthusiasts worldwide.

One of the unique features of Kordes & Lichtenfels jewellery is the use of the term "Amerikaner" to describe gold-filled pieces. In fact, "Amerikaner" refers to a technique of heavy gold plating that was more durable than existing gold plating techniques. This made Amerikaner gold-rolled jewellery a popular choice among customers looking for high-quality, long-lasting pieces. Below we have a beautiful example of a rolled gold pendant made by Kordes & Lichtenfels with a vibrant citrine coloured glass stone.

K&L Rolled Gold Pendant

The company is known for its exquisite collections and each piece is crafted with precision and attention to detail, resulting in jewellery that is both stunning and durable. The company also offers bespoke jewellery services, allowing customers to design their own unique pieces.

Here we have another beautiful example of a pair of 14ct Rolled Gold earrings with vibrant red paste stones. The earrings are stamped "K&L 14ct RG" on the earring hooks. These are a great example of the high end costume jewellery produced by K&L at prices which will not break the bank. 

K&L Rolled Gold Earrings

The K & L jewellery trademark was registered in 1963 and owned by Kordes & Lichtenfels GmbH & Co. KG. However, the brand ceased to exist in 2004, marking the end of a legacy that spanned over a century of exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite design.

Despite its closure, Kordes & Lichtenfels jewellery remains a valuable and highly sought-after addition to any jewellery collection. Its unique history and legacy continue to inspire and captivate jewellery enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

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