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.