Bertel Gardberg ( 1916 - 2007 ) is a well-known Finnish silversmith and jewelry designer. People mainly know his works as objects for everyday use. He combined teak, silver and steel, turning cutlery into art for the everyday dining table. For jewelry design, Bertel Gardberg liked to find different stones in the nature, polish them and combine the polished stones with silver to create jewelry items. The shapes in his jewelry are often inspired by nature. The stamps in Gardberg’s jewelry are unusually large and in visible locations. Bertel Gardberg won both gold and silver medals at the Milan Triennial in the 1950s.
Björn Weckström (1935 - ) is Finnish sculptor and pioneer of modern Finnish jewelry design. To start with, his works represented clean Scandinavian style. In 1960s Weckström found his own, totally new style that he is most well-known for. It is closer to sculpture than traditional goldsmithing. Weckström's radical use of acrylic combined with silver made the basis for some unprecedented jewelry. His silver-acrylic ring Petrified lake was worn by Yoko Ono on the Dick Cavett Show in 1975. An example of Weckström’s silver jewelry, necklace Planetoid Valleys designed for Lapponia’s Space Silver collection in 1969, was worn by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the first Star Wars movie. When working in silver, Weckström’s designs draw from nature yet they in several cases they also feature human beings. Weckström has also made use of gold, bronze, marble, glass and precious stones in his jewelry designs. Professor Björn Weckström has been awarded several honours over a career spanning six decades.
Chao-Hsien Kuo ( 1973 - ) is Finnish master goldsmith and jewelry artist. Her works express the simple happiness, beauty and wonder in everyday life that she hold dear but that is easily ignored if you don’t take time to see and appreciate it. Her design cherishes the beautiful moments in life that translate her smile into the language of jewelry. Living in Finland has a profound influence on Chao-Hsien Kuo's works. The natural surroundings provide endless fuel to her creativity. She mainly works with precious metals and traditional techniques. In her jewelry, what seems natural and effortless, is the result of the meticulous working process. Her works possess a very strong sculptural quality. Chao-Hsien Kuo is the first female designer for the Finnish modern and artistic jewelry company Lapponia.
Eero Hintsanen ( 1972 - ) is Finnish master goldsmith and jewelry artist. His works merge his favourite dark colours and beauty inspired by nature. The raw and primitive interpretations are influenced by growing up in the countryside of Eastern Finland. Eero creates original shapes and forms from body structures such as the spine, filtered through his imagination and expressed with his signature style. His jewelry often reveals elegant roughness and coarse nature of silver. The focus is not on shiny finish but meticulously hand-made surfaces with the purpose of giving more dimensions to his designs. The works of Eero Hintsanen are sculptural and shrouded in old-world mystique. His unique spine necklace was worn by Finnish singer Saara Aalto for the Eurovision song contest in 2018.
Harri Syrjänen (1949 - ) is Finnish master goldsmith, jewelry and leather artist whose works are highly narrative craft pieces. The guiding forms of nature are important to his design work, often a shape or material sets his creative process in motion. The important thing for Harri is to establish harmony between the idea, the form, materials and function. Harri Syrjänen does not create his jewelry primarily as valuable luxury objects but unique art or design pieces made in small editions.
Heli Kauhanen ( 1972 - ) is Finnish jewelry designer. Her works are inspired by the natural environment, wind and movement. It pleases her to spice up her jewelry designs with a pinch of luxury from time to time. The cornerstones of her jewelry are quality, durability and everyday beauty. The majority of the products are made using precious silver, titanium, stones and glass. She is a Regional Artist in jewelry arts for Kalevala Koru, one of the most famous jewelry manufacturers in northern Europe.
Jaana Junkkaala ( 1979 - ) is Helsinki based Finnish jewelry designer. Her jewelry design comes across something akin to a collection of beautiful poems for the eyes. To design translates for her to constantly search, look and hear for something special. The jewelry designs are inspired for example by childhood memories and milestones in life. The Serenity collection draws from beautiful bird, plumage - feather-shaped, light form as a piece of jewellery. All the jewellery items are made in Finland of recycled precious metals and bronze.
Jorma Laine (1930-2002) was a unique Finnish jewelry designer who is mostly known for his modernist and abstract jewelry pieces made in the 1960s and the 1970s. He started off with his own company, Silver-Laine, after which he worked as jewelry designer for Kultateollisuus ky and Turun Hopea. Laine possessed the unusual knack for injecting a sense of humour into his designs. He begun his career as painter and gradually delved into the world of jewelry design, creating his own, unimitable style of jewelry making – many of his jewelry works actually come across as mini sculptures. Jorma Laine spent a lot of his working time as sculptor, something that many people know little about. He combined wood, ceramics, bronze and silver in his sculptures.
Jorma Laine's designs for Turun Hopea were not selling as well in the 1970s as Pentti Sarpaneva's works were. Nowadays Laine's works are sought after amongst private collectors for their timeless design.