The 15th century Olavinlinna Castle in Finland is situated on a small island that overlooks Lake Saimaa. Its varied architectural details points towards a past that includes construction by Swedish builders, and a subsequent occupancy by Russians. Finland is also home to featured jewelry designer Pekka Hirvonen.
Timeless jewelry is normally associated with recognizable forms like a heart-shaped pendant or any item with white diamonds. Such jewelry is most always clean and simple in structure.
For fifty years, Lapponia Jewelry Oy (Lapponia) has produced jewelry world renowned for its fresh, contemporary approach to the "timeless" aesthetic creating unique pieces in gold and sterling silver. Each of Lapponia's designers brings their own distinctive style to the company's collections.
Hirvonen, an accomplished goldsmith, has designed and created jewelry for a quarter of a century. An alum of the Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design, he began officially designing for Lapponia in 2002.
His designs highlight fluid, soft curves that, in some cases, resemble melted forms of chocolate; smooth, flowing lines that overlap and seem malleable in their finished form as if one could leave an imprint on its surface.
"My aim as a designer is to create beautiful things that express the personality of the wearer. A piece of jewelry must feel comfortable against the skin and should harmonize with the person's anatomy," the artist says.
If Hirvonen has a personal collection and website, I could not locate them. However, to see more of his lovely pieces, you can view items at Lapponia's website.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Diamond Flow Earrings
Photo 2 (bottom left): Sterling Silver Blue Wave Pendant