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.
An influential historic person, opera, a moving excerpt from literature; all of these have been the inspiration behind designer Kirsti Doukas’ jewellery. Every piece of jewellery tells its own individual story. Conscientious background work is at the heart of each piece. Doukas’ curiosity, courage and even outrageous ideas go hand-in-hand with production. The renowned and award-winning designer is always on the lookout for inspiration and is prepared to take great strides to create something new. In addition to precious metals, she also uses plastic, jewels, pearl and glass. Occasionally she also lets chance play a role in her work.
Doukas refuses to allow herself to be shackled by tradition. Traditional and fine working methods accompany novel ideas and state-of-the-art technology. She always requires her jewellery to be perfectly finished, not forgetting the tiniest details. Doukas has carved out a long career at Kalevala Koru and also produces jewellery in her own company, Saarikorpi Design. Her production has featured widely in international exhibitions.