Thursday, September 27, 2007

Finnfeelings Modern Design Jewelry from Finland

Finnfeelings has during its more than 30 years long history produces the creations of many well known designers. The foundation was laid in the end of the 1960 by two goldsmiths Karl Laine and Hans Sten. Although all designers have their own style some features of the work of Laine and Sten is still to be seen in the design of the Jewelry of today. They were followed by Hannu Ikonen, Juhani Valo and Pertti Peuri.

Finnfeelings is a family-run business manufacturing Finnish design jewellery in 9 ct, 14 ct, 18 ct Gold and 925 Sterling Silver. The collections comprise pendants, rings, bangles, bracelets and necklaces with the same theme. The gem stones are rock crystals, spectrolite, topaz, diamonds, ruby and sapphire.

The factory and office is situated in Littoinen near Turku in Finland.
Every collection is designed by outstanding Scandinavian Designer as Björn Jägerstig, Bernt Högkvist, Risto Ilmonen and Gerold Gerdes.

Risto Ilmonen is working for Finnfeelings Oy in Finland. He has a long working history in the company. Goldsmith Risto Ilmonen has during 5-6 last years designed jewelry for the company, mostly oxidized silver but also in gold with rock-crystals.

Master Goldsmith Bernt Högkvist from Stockholm, Sweden has an own ateljé in the Old Town of Stockholm. He has created a long range of different jewellery in gold and silver. For Finnfeelings he has designed two collections, Andante and Largo.

Every piece of jewelry is hand made and of high quality. They are sold at affordable prices in more than 1000 shops throughout Europe with a specific marketing concept.

All Finnfeelings products are marked by their sponsor’s mark. It stands for original Finnish Jewelry with classic and distinct Scandinavian design, durable and affordable Jewelry already worn by two generations.

All sold items are always according to title as the alloy used in our Jewelry is frequently checked by INSPECTA OY, the Assay Office in Finland.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ainut ~ Jewelry of Lapland

Ainut is located in Inari, North Eastern Lapland, 190 miles north from the Arctic Circle. It employs two local artisans: Ari Jarvenpaa (Lake's End) and Milla Pahajoki (Bad River) who have specialized silver and reindeer antler jewelry and traditional Lapland crafts like shaman drums and reindeer antler carvings.

Ainut has unique way to combine silver, reindeer antler and Finnish stones in their jewelry.

Sami handicrafts, duodji, are made with nature's materials and often have soft rounded shapes that are pleasing to the touch but are mainly functional. Traditional objects have kept the same designs and make statements through their intensive ornamentation. Decorating was, and is, an important part of the handicraft, in part to display the maker's technical skills, but also to preserve family and cultural patterns.

The reindeer plays a big part in Lapland culture; it is the basis for many materials, everyday objects and food produce. It is important to the Sami to learn everything about reindeer and this knowledge is passed on not only through formal education but also by word of mouth from generation to generation. Everything from the reindeer is kept and used: skin and horns are the basis for shoes and knives, meat is used in cooking and in further processing.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Kalevala Koru ~ Kalevala Jewelry

Kalevala Koru designs, produces and sells high quality gold, silver and bronze jewelry. Kalevala Koru is the largest jewelry manufacturer in Finland and one of the largest in Scandinavia. The ground of design is strongly based on Finnish and Scandinavian culture combining the historical heritage with modern life alike. All jewelry is manufactured in Finland.

The story of Kalevala Koru (Jewelry) began in 1935, when the city of Helsinki celebrated the 100th anniversary of Finnish national epic, Kalevala. A writer Elsa Heporauta was so inspired by the centenary that she started to contemplate a way to recognize the strength of our national heritage captured in the Kalevala, and to bring the ancient culture embodied in it back to life.
Elsa Heporauta gathered a group of progressive Finnish women who shared the same desire to create something tangible to express respect to the women of the Kalevala. A committee was founded to raise funds for a monument in honor of the Finnish Woman. The initial attempt to raise money for the monument by public subscription yielded very limited results. In spring 1937, a proposal arose to make replicas of ancient jewelry and the sales of it would be donated to the monument fund.

Instead of the original plan for four, forty items were chosen and sketched from the collections in the National Museum of Finland. The jewelry was made and went on sale in autumn 1937. However, the plan for building a monument gradually faded away. The Winter War broke out in 1939. The committee was aware of the need for using the fund on charity was greater than on a statue.

All ideas from the committee matured and grew as time went by. The Association of the Women of Kalevala was established and funds were distributed to places in need through the association. In 1941 a company named Kalevala Koru Oy was registered.

Kalevala Koru (Jewelry) Oy is the largest jewelry manufacturer in Finland. The company designs, produces and sells high quality gold, silver and bronze jewelry. Kalevala Koru Group employs 210 people and its annual turnover was 21 million euro in 2005. The factory and administration locates in an area 10km from downtown Helsinki. The President of the company is Ms. Laura Lares. The board of Directors consists of Vice President, Financial Director Mrs. Tiina Peltonen, IT-Manager Mrs. Tuula Aitta-aho, Production Manager Mr. Mika Elamo, Logistics Manager Mrs. Arja Heikkilä, Marketing and Sales Director Mrs. Riitta Huuhtanen and Purchase Manager Mr. Markku Tapiola.

In August 2005 Kalevala Koru Oy acquired all the shares of a well-known Finnish jewelry company Lapponia Jewelry Oy. Lapponia Jewelry will continue as an incorporated company (Inc.) operated by Kalevala Koru Oy.

All jewelry is manufactured in our own factory in Helsinki, Finland. Only high quality raw materials are used in our jewelry. Finnish materials are used, whenever possible. The factory is part of our newly renovated premises in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki. We pay close attention to the environmental regulations to ensure the air, water and the park nearby will not be polluted.
Kalevala Koru has a very strong brand name in Scandinavia, especially in Finland. In recent surveys, Kalevala Jewelry was the 11th most appreciated brand name in Finland (Markkinointi & Mainonta -magazine, 2005).

Scandinavian and Finnish jewelry

This blog is about Scandinavian and Finnish jewelry... some modern and retro, some traditional and ancient... Scandinavian design jewelry is always "clean" and simple but never boring! Designs are often inspired by pristine Nordic nature which is fiercely protected by Scandinavians. Crystal clear waters, tall pines, sweeping birches and endless snow covered hills and valleys... perfect source of inspiration for unique jewelry designs!