In 1960 the Finnish goldsmith Pekka Antilla established Lapponia Jewellery Oy, a factory for designer jewellery of high quality. Cooperation quickly started with Björn Weckström (goldsmith, sculptor and professor) and five other designers. At the end of 2005 Lapponia was taken over by one of Finland’s largest jewellery producers: Kalevala Koru Oy. The team of designers was also expanded with the addition of the Taiwanese Chao-Hsien Kuo.
All Lapponia designers have their own way of working, with which they stand out on the market and each designer brings a strong personal touch to their designs. Nevertheless, Lapponia is still recognisable as a joint collection, inspired by nature.
As with other art forms, the jewellery is presented under the designers’ own names. This makes each item unique, but is also an expression of the designers’ involvement. For the owner of the jewellery, the name expresses a certain value and stimulates fantasy. The jewellery names are derived from poetry or mythology, which plays an important role as the stories behind the names are just as intriguing as the designs themselves.