In the second meeting with goldsmith Tero Hannonen Lovia’s designer Outi pulled a cone out of her purse. For Tero, it was more or less a regular day. It is usual that something unusual comes up.

“Once there was a customer who showed me cat’s whiskers in a minigrip bag and asked me to design her a piece of jewellery from them”, Tero says.

Tero creates the jewellery and the cone puller of Lovia bags, and has worked around 15 years as a goldsmith in Helsinki, Finland. Smoothly, he turns from a 3D-visualizer into a chemist, then works some hours as a machinist before running to his store to help a customer choose a ring worth of 10 000 euros.

In addition to the versatility of his profession, Tero finds metal as a substance very fascinating.

“If something goes wrong, you can remelt the metal and start over. In that sense metals fit the idea of recycling: you can use them over and over again.”