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Rodi Wienenberger vintage costume jewelry

Dewdrop on a leaf brooch. Textured sterling silver, gold plated, crystal. 1940s. Rodi Wienenberger vintage costume jewelry

Dewdrop on a leaf brooch. Textured sterling silver, gold plated, crystal. 1940s. Rodi Wienenberger vintage costume jewelry

Rodi Wienenberger vintage costume jewelry
The history of ROWI, or Rodi & Wienenberger jewelry began in Pforzheim, Germany, in 1885, when Eugen Rodi and Wilhelm Wienenberger founded their company. Initially, it was a small workshop with a staff of four to make medallions, bracelets and brooches. In 1904, they began to apply American gold plating technology, where two layers of gold plating were applied to a silver plated metal jewel. Thus, they could guarantee that their jewelry pieces would retain their golden luster throughout their life.
The company flourished in 1890, employing 80 people, and by the end of 1899 employed about 700 people. And five years later it was a joint stock company with a capital of 500,000 marks. Eugene Rodi retired in 1900, and Wienenberger became the head of the company. Already in 1910 they built a new five-story factory.
After the First World War, the production premises had to be expanded again by buying neighboring plots of land. In addition to jewelry, they began manufacturing pocket watch cases.
In 1924, Wilhelm Wienenberger resigned from the management due to his health problems and Karl-Wilhelm Katz, who was responsible for export, took over the business.
Noteworthy, the marking GR or OR means gilding, and R anchor W is an old marking used around the 1935-1940s.

800 Silver bracelet

800 Silver bracelet

In addition to jewelry, ROWI produced metal watch straps and wristwatch cases, and in 1929 they employed about 1,500 people. During the WWII, in 1944, a bomb explosion destroyed the company building in Pforzheim almost completely. However, the company run by Katz quickly rebuilt so-called the ROWI zone with its buildings.

Agate gold filled bracelet

Agate gold filled bracelet

One of the most profitable public companies in Germany, Rodi & Wienenberger employed about 2,500 people and sold its products in about 100 countries (in 1960s). Also, several manufacturing subsidiaries appeared in England, Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the US, and Hong Kong.

Double leaf sterling silver brooch

Double leaf sterling silver brooch

Rodi Wienenberger vintage costume jewelry

In 1984, ROWI launched the Fixoflex 2000, the world’s flattest elastic watchband, and in 1985 it celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Sold and renamed Rowi Schäfenacker GmbH & Co. KG in 2006, the company bore this name from 2006 until bankruptcy in 2010. Next, a Vietnamese group of investors led by Nguyen Trong Luat bought the company. It operated from 2010 to 2019 under the name ROWI Präzisionstechnik GmbH. The company went bankrupt again in October 2018, and ceased operations in January 2019.

ROWI St Silver signed

ROWI St Silver signed

Anchor - hallmark of the company

Anchor – hallmark of the company

Aurora borealis crystal gold plated earrings

Aurora borealis crystal gold plated earrings

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Signature

Bow shaped Art Deco brooch. Sterling silver, pink crystal. 5.6 cm. 1920s

Bow shaped Art Deco brooch. Sterling silver, pink crystal. 5.6 cm. 1920s

Branch gold filled brooch

Branch gold filled brooch

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Signature

Fish sterling silver pendant

Fish sterling silver pendant

Flower Watch brooch of sterling silver

Flower Watch brooch of sterling silver

Gold plated link bracelet. 18 cm. 1940s

Gold plated link bracelet. 18 cm. 1940s

Leaf design sterling silver bracelet

Leaf design sterling silver bracelet

Rock crystal sterling silver pendant

Rock crystal sterling silver pendant

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Signature

Textured gold plated cufflinks

Textured gold plated cufflinks

Three balls sterling silver ring

Three balls sterling silver ring

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