Goldsmith Tero Hannonen

Location: Helsinki, Finland

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”, says Tero who has worked as a goldsmith around 15 years in Helsinki, Finland.

Within one day in his studio in central Helsinki, Tero turns smoothly from a 3D-visualizer into a chemist, then works some hours as a machinist. 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.”

Bronze is a resilient and smooth material, so it doesn't have to be melted and cast as noble metals. The cone jewel has been pressed with 200 tons of weight into its model and then cut and polished by hand.

Tero Hannonen in his studio in Central Helsinki.

Lovia jewellery is whetted by hand.

 

The material

In Nordics, the elk population grows too large endangering other species due to the lack of natural predators. The population is controlled through government-regulated hunting permissions. All hides are sourced from hunters in Finland and Sweden.

The unique grain patterns combined with the fine balance of thickness and softness make elk leather superior compared to other leather qualities. The material is extremely comfortable in shoulder bags and backpacks.

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The company

Since 1990’s, Kokkolan has built a network of local hunters, especially in Finland and Sweden, from whom they source the elk hidesThe tannery has been active since 1957, when the grandfather of the current managing director set up the business with his business partner.

Kokkolan uses only renewable energy sources. All chemicals used are supplied within the European Union from retailers who have to abide to the high European environmental standards. The leather is chrome tanned in a closed process to avoid any of the chemicals ending up to the nature.

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Toni Dahlvik, CEO Juha Örnberg, production manager Joe Taruru, Tamara Zaitler & Bjarne Bergdahl enjoy working in a multicultural atmosphere.

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Siddique Nure Alam working with the tanned leather.

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