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.
Jewellery embodies purity. Tiina Arkko strips jewellery of all excesses. Lets the design talk. Ideas can be found in fleeting optical illusions or in chewing gum stuck to the pavement. Jewellery is created from an optimal line, which the designer seeks by drawing it again and again. The material can also steer the work towards a clear, clean entity with no right or wrong side.
Arkko is especially attracted to silver and its properties. She gives timeless jewellery substance, an eye-catching element. As the owner of Oz Jewel and as a designer, she would rather overdo something than be too modest or careful. A piece of jewellery brings out the wearer’s personality, conveys emotions, memories and meanings. The purpose of the jewellery’s beauty is to serve the wearer. When it comes to jewellery, the most valuable moment is when the wearer puts it on.