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.
Designer Tony Granholm’s miniature sculpturesque jewellery was inspired by joy, love, a sculpture one thousand years old, the pure white of lilies. The award-winning designer creates his jewellery in an ardent fashion, to maximum precision. Granholm has communicated through drawing ever since he was young. His designs always begin with nothing, which he builds upon line by line until he reaches a finished piece. He loves a challenge, with his passions being goldsmithing and metalwork.
Granholm designs matching jewellery ranges, but each piece is also individually beautiful on its own. He has designed ranges for Kalevala Koru and Timanttiset, among others. Granholm is quick to notice trends, but believes his jewellery must always have a timeless, classic dimension about it.