Five for Friday: Jewellery
Finland’s jewellers today are artists in design as well as technology, often adopting new components in both materials and manufacturing.
Thanks to Finnish innovation, 3D pieces and mini computers can now be your new accessories. Inspired by the fusion of quotidian utility with the elegance of jewellery, a sleep and activity tracking device can be worn as an elegant ring.
Meanwhile, tech innovations have also been used to develop production, with the use of 3D printing adding a modern vibe. Elsewhere, maintaining a contemporary quality is about trusting expertise.
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Named after the Finnish national epic poem, Kalevala aims to draw inspiration from local cultural heritage and thus uses chiefly Finnish materials. As one of the largest jewellery manufacturers in Northern Europe, the company has utilised its large market share to advance Finnish culture abroad. Breaking with tradition, Kalevala has also sought to add a modern vibe to their jewellery using high technology, utilising tools such as 3D printing.
“What is distinctive is the way we combine strong Finnish design heritage and modern jewellery design,” business development manager Kristina Lagerroos described in 2014.
Primesmith’s mobile app allows its customer to design their own jewellery. The pursuit of modern technology in production, through the use of lasers and 3D printing in engraving and cut-out jewellery also sees Jevelo distinguishing itself from the crowd.
CEO Henri Nyström described in January that the conpany’s “competitive advantage comes from high technology… It is easily forgotten in the 3D printing hype that it requires expertise to get great quality jewellery out of those machines.”
Here, a mini computer inside a carefully designed ring captures and analyses sleep and activity data. A subtle marriage of style and data analysis, the concept aims to help the wearer balance their sleep and activity levels to achieve an optimal physical and mental state.
“The ring listens to the body, and the app then gives guidance in words and visual cues,” explained CEO Petteri Lahtela in 2015.
Two Finnish entrepreneurs show how silicone can be used in a new way with the employment of new production techniques. Light and soft to the touch, silicone offers a plethora of opportunities for artistic expression.
“The flat material is challenging, because you can’t make three-dimensional figures… but our designers have created incredibly beautiful shapes, from feathers to flowers,” described Coruu co-founder Maarit Fellman earlier this year.
Six generations of Tillanders have run this jewellery company which specialises in bespoken jewellery, gold pieces and gemstones. The company prides itself on expertise with design experts, pearl experts, gemmology, master goldsmiths and goldsmiths. Jewellery design is often personalised to buyers, but inspiration is also drawn from each individual gem.
“The world moves rapidly, and customers are always seeking something new,” CEO and designer Tina Tillander said in June. “I travel a lot in search of new gems and pearls, as the ideas always stem from materials.”