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.
Master goldsmith Pekka Kulmala’s magnificent jewellery pieces combine classic design with a modern approach. Diamonds, radiant jewels and bold colour combinations are resplendent in his jewellery. Kulmala is fascinated by treasures found in the earth’s crust: precious stones holding tiny unique universes within them. The jewels often provide a starting point from which the goldsmith begins to skilfully build a handcrafted, unique piece.
The uncompromising artisan adds an aura of past glamour, world-famous celebrities, old Hollywood to his work. The finished pieces communicate unseen values, emotion and stories. In his company, Kulmala works with gold and platinum, since only they can proudly convey history and emotion through the centuries.