What is known about contemporary Finnish jewelry?
Fashion is always a look into the future. At the same time, Finnish jewelers manage to maintain a stable connection with the history of their craft. A special place in the new season belongs to the needlework association founded more than 100 years ago. Source It has more than 20 professional companies. Educational seminars, workshops and exhibitions are held constantly. What is particularly impressive, artisan manufacturers are rapidly moving into business, in fact, private craftsmen, individual entrepreneurs engaged in the handicraft and jewelry sector. Here they appreciate the organic combination of old and new. In the labyrinths of innovative solutions, rethought traditional motifs and forms are felt – through the “quoting” of historical elements or, as in the fashionable season of 2015, a contrasting combination with “soft” silhouettes. The combinations of pendants-crosses in laconic medieval style of polished silver, complete with chains of square links, curved conical shapes and small beads, resembling drops of shiny dew on the morning grass, are surprising. Connoisseurs of contemporary Finnish jewelry make an impression that over time, the best traditions are manifested in new things and models more and more clearly. As it is familiar to us from the conventional expression: “Everything new is well forgotten old”. The main thing that can be done by Finnish jewelers-designers is to find the right time to look again at the painstakingly crafted details (there are no trifles in this matter) of the old jewelery created many earlier and rework them for their new collection. Undoubtedly, in this regard, the jewelry art of any country is able to “tell” its stories. This is fully manifested in the Finnish storyline jewelry design. Insightful observations of nature by Finnish jewelers are reflected in elegant jewelery. In the hands of Finnish jeweler craftsmen, there is a high-quality preparation, a creative vision of innovative solutions – a connection with nature, and a truly careful attitude to the quality of the product when working on it. The peculiarity of the Finnish jewelry market lies in the fact that it is determined by private designers and jewelers, who are able, without the help of complicated production mechanisms, to implement their ideas, making non-serial items – and therefore even more in demand. They say that finding two identical jewelry in Finland is a big problem. This is not entirely true, since there is still a certain model range, but there is certainly a large amount of truth in this statement. And, nevertheless, various series of jewelry here are combined into a single image. Its traditional distinctive qualities: the game with volumes of the product and “relaxed edges” without sharp corners. Finnish jeweler-designer admires the northern nature, where touching motifs are inspired by landscapes and even specific, and therefore individual, children’s memories: wild berries, dew drops, leaves and flowers – all this is guessed in finished jewelry made from matte yellow gold or silver. Moreover, bulk products made of silver and compounds based on it, for example, compounds in a single product of silver and acrylic, are in the country well-deserved popularity. Tundra flowers are guessed on a thin necklace of gold and mother-of-pearl, and textural pendants remind of Lapland. Finnish jewelry design reflects the combination of craft traditions with modern technologies, is distinguished by the creation of small sculptural forms, opens up truly unlimited freedom of action and allows you to experiment with both the shape and the game reflected from the edges of the new product of light. Bright things always focus on the needs and tastes of the target audience. Unusual hand-made brooches are ideal gifts that you can take with you from a trip to Finland. The rhythm of fashion development has always been characterized by variability and, in a good sense, by unpredictability. How comfortable is it for jewelers to apply the drive of modernity with their leisurely craft? Progress invariably invites Finnish jewelers and designers to keep abreast of all current world trends, while offering their own vision of the world and art. And this driving force helps them to remain at the peak of their creative activity, and their skills are handed down here from generation to generation.