Each goldsmith of the year has their own individual idiom and method of working. The jewellery and items were created using various methods: handcrafting, drilling, sawing, forging, casting. For many, modern 3D-technology has opened doors to unlimited possibilities for new design. Over the decades, goldsmiths and silversmiths have shaped many unique pieces of luxury jewellery, but have also worked with mass production.
The smiths are connected by their passion, quality and an uncompromising attitude towards their work. They don't cut corners; instead, they will labour over even the smallest detail. A journey through the Brilliant! exhibition will uncover experimentation, the search for novel ideas, respect for traditions and international success stories. The smiths' works have been given as gifts to members of royal families and to popular figures who have divided popular opinion, such as the Shah of Iran and Diana, Princess of Wales. Throughout the decades, the jewellery has featured in well-respected, international exhibitions and in private collections.
Berndt Lindholm introduced modern jewellery to Finland. He began work as a goldsmith in the 1970s in Sweden and Denmark, where experimental and modern design were significantly ahead of Finland. At that time, Nordic design was dominated by fashionable materials such as titanium and rubber. When he returned home to Finland, Lindholm brought with him what he’d learnt from his time abroad.
In his workshop, he began to work on unique pieces combining precious metals and natural materials, such as clams, bone and stone. Lindholm experimented with titanium, dyeing it electronically. His weaving technique allowed for the creation of thick tubes, and resulted in light, airy and eye-catching work. Lindholm was known as an idealist. He burned with a passion for his profession. He also acted as a mentor for other goldsmiths. His exciting world and infectious enthusiasm spread to those around him.