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Bjorn Rajalin (1933- )studied art metalwork with Bertel Gardberg. In 1956 he became head designer for Kavela Koru
where he made all the prototypes for serial production. In 1958 he, Berterl Gardberg, Ellis Kauppi, and Eero
Rislakki took part in an avant garde exhibition which received great press attention and international recognition
for its participants. Rajalin's contributions were clean and simple twists of silver around the neck and a hinged
silver bracelet with a large spectrolite stone. In the Sixties his style took a different direction. He produced less
functional jewellery including decorative bracelets with large clusters of garnet, rose quartz, and smokey quartz
Bjorn Rajalin silver necklace Bjorn Rajalin silver collar Bjorn Rajalin amethyst necklace and
for Kalevala Koru 19723 for Kalevala Koru earrings 1989 for Kalevala Koru
8) Hannu Ikonen
Hannu Ikonen's refined and striking jewellery designs have become iconic amongst modernist jewellery
design. Hannu Ikonen worked for the Finnish jewellery firm Valo-Koru during the 1970's producing pieces
in both bronze and silver His famous "Renmoosblüte" or reindeer moss pieces have a sculptural quality
in their modern interpretation of natural forms.The bronze jewellery pieces designed by Ikonen were usually
marked "MADE IN FINLAND" and had no other marks.
Hannu Ikonen Reindeer moss bracelet, reindeer moss pendant, and necklace
Paula Haivoja silver Paula Haivoja crystal pendant Paula Haivoja silver bracelet
modernist ring necklace for Kalevala Koru
Sten and Laine was founded in the early Sixties near Turku , Finland by Hans Sten, and Karl Laine.
Karl Laine's jewellery designs were inspired by peaceful observations of nature. He worked in bronze at
first, later progressing to silver. The use of metallic surfaces and the contrast between gloss and matt
and angular and round were characteristic of his designs. The jewellery was popular in both Sweden
and Germany. The Finnfeelings range was typical of their serial production of the 1970'S. The company
continued to be succesful producing both iconic Karl Laine designs as well of those of more contemporary
designers.The early designs of Karl Laine are most sought after by collectors.
Sten and Laine rock crystal and Sten and Laine Finnfeelings Karl Laine 1970's pendant and bracelet
silver bangle 1980 bracelet
12) Erik Granit
Erik Granit (1930-1988) opened his silversmiths workshop E Granit and Co in Helsinki in 1956
at the age of 26. He produced a variety of abstract and minimalist modern jewellery designs , often
incorporating local stones from Finland such as amethyst and quartz. He remained working at his
own shop for over 30 years producing beautiful quality work which is much admired by collectors today.
Pentti Sarpaneva (1925-78) was a Finnish Jewellery designer, and brother of Timo Sarpaneva glass designer.
He studied in Helsinki at the School of Fine Art and the School of Industrial Art . After this he worked initially
at the Kalevala Koru company, and later with Turun Hopea Oy specialising in affordable jewellery. He was
known for his original work. His jewellery displayed unpolished surfaces in a variety of different shapes,
and he was intrigued by the combination of glass and metal, evident in some of his smaller designs
Many of his designs were made in silver, and gold, however his favourite material was bronze.