Saturday, January 31, 2009

Finnish Retro Jewelry Designers



There were quite a few exceptional designers who put Finnish jewelry on the world map... here are some of them...

Professor Björn Weckström, Finnish sculptor and jewellery designer, has worked for Lapponia Jewelry since 1963. The gold nuggets Björn Weckström found in Lapland in the early 1960s were the start of an entirely new jewellery design, a design inspired by nature. A forerunner in his field, the artist breaks the traditional concepts of jewelry design by boldly combining different materials.



In the 60s Pentti Sarpaneva came with his wonderful bronze creations exploiting rough surfaces and unpolished gemstones, They had a look of volcanic lava flowing over them. He produced Folk jewelry as well but even here there was still an untamed rather than traditional feel to his designs.



Pentti Sarpeneva (1925- 1978) , brother of the more famous Timo, also played with bronze, often warming it up with amethyst, rose and smoke quartz, all natural stones found in his homeland, Finland. Sarpaneva combined modern with revival of ancient or at least traditional styles. His son, Stephan continues family traditions with his unique design watches.

Jorma Laine, best known as Finnish goldsmith and jewelry designer for Kultateollisuus and Turun Hopea, especially in 1960's and 1970's. His most impressive jewelry designs are made of silver, bronze and cut glass. The production of these and his other modern jewelry has been quite limited.



His contemporary jewelry pieces are extremely desirable around the world and not without reason! Laine's retro style is very original and distinctive.