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The crowning glory of Danish jewellery design

From Pandora to Georg Jensen to House of Amber, the country’s craftsmen are among the most renowned throughout the world

Functional, unique and timeless, everybody needs a share of Danish design
May 26th, 2015 7:00 pm| by Pia Marsh
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Jewellery is the icing on the top of the cake when it comes to the Danish fairy-tale.

For years, Danish jewellery designers have seamlessly combined the country’s long and rich history with Scandinavia’s well-established flair for design, creating elegant pieces that celebrate the best of Nordic style and sophistication.

Copenhagen serves as the ideal showcase for these designs. Beneath the city’s elegant exterior of candy-coloured buildings and cobble-stoned streets lies a unique collection of exclusive Danish jewellery designers, each and every one making their own distinct mark on the industry.

Legendary craftsmanship
Nothing oozes elegance and sophistication more so than Danish design sensation Georg Jensen. The brand’s sleek designs and serene flowing forms are favoured by millions around the world, establishing the company as a front-runner in the international jewellery scene.

With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing a range of products from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products.
Established in Copenhagen in 1904, the Georg Jensen brand embraces the integrity and authenticity of Danish design, finding inspiration in Nordic nature, flowing forms and Art Nouveau.

Georg Jensen, which is available at a wide range of boutiques across Copenhagen, has a flagship store on Amagertorv in the city centre.

Mined, designed, refined
House of Amber has a long and established history in the jewellery industry. For years, the brand has captured the essence and allure of the unique natural stone, celebrating amber as the new ‘Nordic gold’.

Founded in 1933 by Einer Fehrn, the Danish jewellery line has earned itself an exceptional reputation, securing itself as the leading manufacturer of amber in the international jewellery market.

House of Amber produces top quality amber jewellery set in silver and gold, decorated with diamonds in exclusive, classic and contemporary designs.
“What makes amber completely unique is the fact that you will find inclusions of insects and plants that are more than 40 million years old,” enthuses Lars Bladt, the CEO and co-owner of House of Amber.

“Amber is an exclusive window to a bygone era and a beautiful creation of nature that is refined and designed in modern jewellery collections by our talented designers.”

Today, House of Amber is represented at three exclusive locations nestled deep within the heart of charming Copenhagen: Kongens Nytorv, Stroget and Vesterbrogade.

In addition to their Danish operations, House of Amber also has a flagship store in Stockholm, Sweden and 35 stores in China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Boxes everyone wants to open
It’s almost impossible to be left in the dark when it comes to the Pandora jewellery phenomenon.

Perhaps best known for its signature charm bracelet, Pandora offers women across the world a universe of high quality, hand-finished, modern and genuine jewellery products – and all at affordable prices.

Founded in Copenhagen in 1982, Pandora has undergone a remarkable transition from a local Danish jeweller to a world-leading international company. Today, it is sold in more than 90 countries across six continents, and it is eternally expanding its operations.

The hallmark of Pandora’s design concept is its originality, encouraging women to express their experiences and individuality through jewellery.

Pandora’s mission statement illustrates this idea. “All women have their individual stories to tell – a personal collection of special moments that makes them who they are,” it notes. “Pandora aims to celebrate these moments.”

A hotbed of creativity
However, there is more to Copenhagen than the big brands. The Danish capital is a hotbed of design, and it is worth checking out whether any of the local colleges are holding markets where student designers sell creations that are unique and often good investments.

Among the institutions worth checking out are the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School, the Margrethe School and the Danish Arts and Crafts Association. The last two weekends of November is a particularly good time to visit some of their markets.

Danish jewellery is internationally recognised for being timeless, functional and stylish, and no trip to Denmark is complete without a fix of unique Scandinavian design.