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.
Mahti, Hali, Toivo. (Power, Embrace, Hope) Heikki Hartikainen’s jewellery is rooted in strong emotion. Geometric designs give his timeless jewellery unrelenting, reduced, clean lines. In his work, Hartikainen combines gloss and brushed surfaces, the lights and shadows of silver. The plate technique he uses allows for large, impressive pieces. His starting point is always wearability. Hartikainen has also designed ranges for men. Some of his men’s jewellery has made its way from a rock star’s neck to the international markets.
Hartikainen is responsible for Lumoava’s brand development, and the development of his jewellery is an unhurried, careful process. The joy brought about by a finished piece is only momentary, since it will only be a short time before he has a clean sheet of paper and a pen in front of him once again designing something new. Hartikainen builds on his goldsmith identity deep in his mind, caught between Russian and Swedish culture. At the same time, he looks to the future. He experiments with ornamental and minimalist styles on his mind’s canvas.