Lovia cone jewel is a crystallisation of Lovia’s ideology. It is a creation of nature and that has taken a new form in the modern days. Lovia’s designer Outi Korpilaakso has always been attracted to pine trees and their ability to subsist even on a plain cliff wiggled by the cold Northern wind.
“For me, pine trees have represented persistency and wisdom that accumulate as years go by”, Outi explains.
The jewel is made in Finland from lead and nickel free bronze and has a 24K rose gold coating. The bronze consists of 90% copper and 10% zinc both of which come from Germany. The jewel has been 3D scanned from six separate pine cone scales.
Handmade in the capital of Finland, Helsinki
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, 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.