Niessing are an internationally renowned firm of jewellers that has been conceiving, creating, and producing jewellery in Vreden, Germany for over 140 years.
Niessing was originally founded in 1873 as a workshop for devotional objects, with wedding rings also being produced beside ecclesiastical ornaments. Today, Niessing is one of the top manufacturers of premium, contemporary German jewellery design.
It is easy to recognize Niessing jewellery. Each piece embodies a fundamental concept - the essence of a form, a material, or a technique. Trust your intuition - you can always tell which piece of jewellery is genuinely Niessing. With a tradition of fine craftsmanship, you can enjoy the very best in contemporary jewellery.
The Niessing Tension ring is an award winning original design which has been included in the collections of museums, recognized as a piece of art in 2001, and it is protected by copyright.
The Busse Long-life Design Award was given to the Niessing Tension ring in 1999. Designed by Walter Wittek, is remains a design classic.
Niessing is always being recognised and awarded in the field of design innovation from various bodies including Red Dot and the Platinum Guild. Take a look at their full repetoire!
Element’s relationship began with Niessing in 2006, and we have been learning about and falling in love with Niessing since then.
A trip to their workshops in 2007 introduced us to their philosophies and techniques. We have shared our expert knowledge with many Niessing customers, and as we continue to learn, we love to share.
For Free Advice and Downloads about Niessing, please browse the Element Jewellery bookshelf. Should you require any printed material, please feel free to request a physical copy, and we will post this to you Free of Charge. Or read the Element Jewellery Blog for Niessing insights.
In most cases, we will specify if a particular item of jewellery is available in different widths, metals, gemstones or diamonds. Sorry to say that prices for variations are not published online. However, we are more than happy to give you a quotation for any variations you desire within a day or two.
Please be aware that to have a Niessing Tension Ring created with a different diamond size, the profile of the ring will change (the depth and the width of the band).
We will usually state in the description of the product whether or not we have it in stock for you to be able to view. We recommend calling ahead to make sure, as our stock changes on a daily basis.
Where we do not have a particular ring in stock, we will do our very best to obtain the ring for your viewing. Typically, we can obtain a ring (although it may not be to the exact specification that you require) within one or two weeks. We will be able to keep the ring for your viewing for about a week.
Simply place your order online, and when we receive your order, we will be in touch straightaway to discuss your finger size, the finish your require, other specific personalisation details, deadlines and delivery details.
For all online orders, we require full payment. For orders over £500, we will take additional steps to protect against fraud, by requesting further information. We hope you don’t mind. Please read here for further details.
Yes, please feel free to visit Element, where you can order your Niessing Tension Ring. We will help you to confirm any specific details, and we will also measure your finger with specialised Niessing measuring rings.
We will ask for a non-refundable 25% deposit. The balance of your order will be payable when the item is ready for collection or delivery to a verified address.
Typically, it will take between 4-6 weeks for your Niessing ring to be handmade in Germany, hallmarked in the UK, and delivered to you.
We're sorry to say that this cannot be guaranteed, and we would certainly advise you of any likely delays. If you have a specific deadline you are working towards we will endeavour to meet this for you.
Due to the individual nature of your specific Niessing Tension RIng, you will not be able to return your item for a full refund. However, subject to the discretion of Element, we may offer to refund you up to a maximum of 75% only, or alternatively by means of an exchange or credit note (valid for 12 months).
In the event that the size you ordered does not fit, please notify us within 7 days of receiving your ring.
If you have worn your ring for up to 4 weeks after purchase, your ring can be exchanged or resized free-of-charge by Niessing. However, there will be a charge of £60 to cover Fedex fees to and from Niessing in Germany.
Please be aware that it is not possible to resize a Niessing Tension ring due to the nature of the design and manufacturing techniques. Should you need a different size we will charge 33% of the price for a new ring at the current recommended retail price plus International Fedex Fees (£60) to have a new ring made for you. Your new ring would be made using your existing diamond which would be cleaned.
For example, if your ring cost £2000 (shank only) it would cost £660 + £60 Fedex Fees.
To have your white gold ring re-rhodium plated by Niessing would be £150 including Fedex fees to and from Niessing in Germany. To have your ring re-rhodium plated in the UK, it would be approximately £40 - £80 depending on the oveall size of your ring, plus any postage. Please note, costs vary depending on the size, depth and width of your ring.
Any pieces that have been rhodium plated are disclosed, and each piece will have a thick layer of plating (2.5-3.0 micron thickness) to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. It is possible to rhodium plate most rings containing diamonds, however we will need to confirm this on a ring by ring basis. Replating will not fill in scratches or imperfections, therefore often jewellery will need cleaning and repolishing before it is replated.
Please also be aware that as with any precious metal that has been alloyed, the colour of rhodium can be different, so if you are trying to match the colour of the rhodium plate to another ring, we recommend having two rings done together to avoid any colour differences.
Please visit our blog for more information about rhodium plating.
Your Niessing Tension Ring is guaranteed for 12 months, from the date of the original purchase. This means that Element guarantee to replace or repair your jewellery should there be a defect due to original workmanship within 12 months. We hope you understand that if you have accidentally or otherwise mishandled your jewellery, this guarantee does not apply.
Examples of defects due to original workmanship include: poorly set gemstones or diamonds, badly finished metal with sharp edges. Please be aware that all Niessing rings are created by hand using traditional forging techniques. Casting is not an adopted technique in the Niessing workshops.
Examples of defects due to mishandling would include:
Damaged metal or gemstones due to contact with corrosive substances
Scratches on the surface of the metal or diamonds & gemstones due to knocks or scrapes.
Please be aware that the guarantee is for 12 months, regardless of how many times you have worn your Element jewellery. This is subject to the discretion of Element staff, and we would of course look at every case individually.
Please be reassured that the Niessing tension rings are highly engineered and have been perfected since the deisgn was invented n the 1970s. Fully trained and experienced diamond setters and master goldsmiths are employed to create each Niessing Tension Ring. However, to address the urban myth that tension set diamonds are not as secure as a traditional claw set or rub-over set diamond, and in the event that your diamond falls out of its setting from any Niessing diamond ring, this is our approach:
If you felt certain that the misplaced/lost diamond was not due to mishandling of the ring; we would look to fully inspect your ring to determine the cause of the diamond falling out. In the event that the diamond was misplaced due to mishandling, we cannot be held liable for the replacement diamond. However, if it can be ascertained that there was fault in the original workmanship, we would honour the guarantee as described above. We encourage you to understand if your household insurance policy covers you for accidental loss/theft/damage to your precious jewellery.
It's an exciting time to receive your ring through the post, and we'll make sure that your ring is packaged beautifully, along with any Niessing certification.
For all customers within the UK and Ireland, we will use Royal Mail Special Delivery postage, which will insures your jewellery during transit, and it is guranteed to arrive next day before 1pm. Please note, this requires a signature as proof of delivery.
For all International customers, we will use Royal Mail International Signed For. This requires a signature as proof of delivery. Your ring will be insured during transit, subject to the first £250. Delivery timescales vary.
As part of our security measures, we will only send your Niessing ring to the address you provided as the address your card is registered to. If you would like us to send your ring to an alternative address, we may ask for further identity details.
If you are a non-UK or non-Republic of Ireland resident, we can VAT zero-rate your jewellery. Please contact us to arrange this for you.
“The clear design of Niessing Diamond Tension Rings puts the focus on the diamond. Placed in the ring without a setting, the precious stone is held solely by the power of tension: Pure, clear, and of timeless beauty. The Niessing Ring® is the engagement ring for people of today.
The special design of the Niessing tension ring makes the diamond float. A perfect symbiosis of steadfast support and the greatest possible freedom.
And also a wonderful symbol for the beginning of a relationship that is both harmonious and exciting”
In choosing a Niessing Diamond Tension ring, you are choosing an internationally recognised and award winning design which has been included in the collections of museums, recognized as a piece of art in 2001, and it is protected by copyright.
The diamond supplied in your Niessing Tension Ring will be supplied by Niessing up to 0.29ct.
Colour - The colour your Niessing diamond up to 0.29ct will always be F/G in colour (fine white/Top Wessleton).
Clarity (purity) - Diamonds are natural products and often include minerals, fissures, and growth phenomena. Loupe-pure diamonds (IF, Internally Flawless) show no inclusions under 10-fold magnification. VVS (Very Very Small Inclusion): inclusions are very difficult to see under a loupe. VS (Very Small Inclusion): inclusions can be seen with a loupe. SI (Small Inclusion): inclusions can readily be seen.
Niessing only use diamonds in these parameters, and we will specify the diamond grade in the product description.
If you would like a larger diamond, or a different grade of diamond, please contact us for a quotation. Please be aware that the profile of the ring will change (the depth and the width of the band) if you have a Niessing Tension Ring created with a different diamond size.
We can supply a diamond via Niessing, which will always be a GIA certified diamond.
Alternatively, we can source a diamond using one of Element Jewellery’s trusted diamond merchants. We will be able to source an uncertified or GIA, AGS, HRD, IGI, EGL certified diamond. You may also prefer a fully traceable Canadian or Australian non-conflict diamond via Jeweltree
You can also choose to supply your own diamond, however your diamond must be certified and must be minimum SI quality and E/F colour. Your diamond will be inspected by Niessing and must meet the standards.
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