Do you know the stages of jewellery making? What would a typical working day of a goldsmith look like? How is a watch actually made? Visitors to the Pforzheim Museum of Jewellery and Watchmaking get well acquainted with all the details of the jewellery production process. With lots of machines still in operation the history of the local industries comes to life.
Pforzheim's tradition of jewellery and watchmaking dates back to 1767 when Margrave Karl Friedrich from the House of Baden initiated the production by granting the required privilege. From the start, jewellery manufacture was designed as a collaborative process which promoted specialisation and facilitated serial production. The museum succeeds in clearly showcasing the different stages of jewellery making. Visitors learn about the preparation of the starting material including melting, casting, and rolling. They can watch the moulding of jewellery by pressing, engraving, chainmaking or the classical goldsmithing and gain a closer look at the finishing of a workpiece such as gold plating or mounting, engine turning, enamelling or engraving. A DVD showing the different techniques is available in the museum shop.
Apart from the technical aspects, the museum also displays the living conditions of the people who once worked in the jewellery industry. A special feature in historic Pforzheim are the so called "Rassler" commuting to the town every day. With their hob-nailed boots and rattling lunchboxes of tin they couldn't be ignored.
|Recommended duration of visit:||1 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||60 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
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|Gift and book shop on Site:||yes|
Due to renovation works closed vom 23 May 2016 to 7 April 2017.