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.
Abstract, sculptural jewellery sprouts from the depths of Matti Hyvärinen’s subconscious. Technical virtuosity meets artistic vision in his jewellery. The jewellery communicates values of the heart, taking a stand for issues such as poverty and marine conservation. Hyvärinen has been involved in forging a global reputation for Finnish jewellery since the 1960s. He garnered attention at the very start of his career when he won the Diamonds International Award 1967 in New York for his Rich and Poor jewellery, which combined the finest diamonds with rough granite in a manner which was revolutionary for its time.
Hyvärinen casts his jewellery, with the master copy made by hand. The scientist in him has developed materials such as an eco-friendly silver alloy, which allows for the production of jewellery without chemicals. Products by Sirokoru, founded by Hyvärinen, have appeared in over one hundred exhibitions around the world.