Marc-Jens Biegel is the second generation of his family to take the reins at fine jewellery company Biegel. Founded in 1964, the label has 50 years of experience in the creation of bespoke jewellery for international clients; the close-knit team of goldsmiths also creates luxurious ready-to-wear collections. Since 2002 Marc-Jens Biegel has also curated the Bodysign collection of jewellery, which is created in collaboration with prominent European product designers and has been showcased in renowned museums across the world. Ximena Daneri spoke to the designer in the firm’s Frankfurt flagship store.
‘I am the sole proprietor of Biegel and also the designer. We are a small team of just four, including myself. Right now we are celebrating our 50th anniversary.
‘Our store is located in one of only a few old buildings that remain in the centre of Frankfurt. It is right opposite the German stock market, which is also an old building of the same style. The whole area is quite authentic and unique in Frankfurt. Since the store opened, the square itself has not changed a lot, because the buildings mentioned are listed. But the surrounding area has become extremely vivid and very dynamic.
‘The shop has six-metre-high ceilings, which is why we have a mezzanine level. Manufacturing, presentation, service and consulting, as well as sales, are all under one roof. This makes our shop unique – at least in Frankfurt. We sell modern jewellery in a wide range of precious metals and materials, including gemstones and diamonds. We also sell bespoke jewellery. One of our specialities is 24-carat jewellery – forged and hardened.
‘I have a lot of great memories of this store. For example, in 2002 I decided to collaborate with international designers. I worked with Konstantin Grcic, Tom Dixon, Alfredo Häberli, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, to name just a few. At the launch of their pieces all of them came to join the private view. It was great to have all those great designers at the same place. The echo in the media was enormous. It was something like a restart of our business and a very influential change in modern jewellery.’
Biegel, Börsenplatz 13-15, 60313 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 285908, biegel.biz