Danish Jewelry Designers

Jewelry Then and Now

Jewelry has been a symbol of one’s social status and wealth for centuries and even thousands of years all around the world, but it’s only in the course of the twentieth century when it became more than that. Jewelry stopped being just a symbol of person’s origin and background; it converted in a way to express one’s unique personal style. Another transformation which occurred in the course of the twentieth century was the change in the metals and materials overall, which are utilized in jewelry manufacturing.

Denmark has a long jewelry tradition, which evolved many centuries ago but wasn’t blossoming for the reason of insufficient volume of available materials, such as precious metals and gemstones. As those materials were the main components of jewelry items at that time, Danish goldsmiths couldn’t compete with rivals from abroad. It all changed in the nineteenth century when the most important materials such as gold and silver became more accessible for goldsmiths. Another thing which began to influence jewelry industry in Denmark was the shift in mindset, which made room on the market for affordable jewelry made of various non-precious stones, minerals and metals, such as bronze, iron or copper. The so-called costume jewelry appeared and quickly gained popularity among people of all levels of income. This kind of jewelry could be bought to emphasize a certain outfit to add originality to the look.
Jewelry then and now

In the twentieth century many modernist jewelers evolved who brought in unexpected combinations of metals, stones and other materials. Nevertheless, using traditional materials like silver kept being a significant part of jewelry industry. Even though women are the ones to wear jewelry the most, it was unlikely for them to belong to the industry itself, so it was traditionally occupied by male goldsmiths. Nanna Ditzel became the first woman to design jewelry pieces. She started working for Georg Jensen in 1954 and created minimalistic silver rings, bracelets and earrings. Minimalism and simplicity have always been typical features of Danish design, and became the reason behind growing demand for it all over the world.

Customizable jewelry is another trend which grew big in the past few decades. Silver charm bracelets is a way to express your personal style using charms made of different materials, such as silver, gold, gemstones, crystals, minerals, glass, wood, enamel, leather and many others. The charms can be viewed as an equivalent to talismans and amulets, which people used to wear for thousands year before. In the past they usually carried a spiritual or religious meaning, whereas now they can also remind of certain events, people, bring up old memories or simply have decorative purpose, reflecting current fashion trends and emphasizing wearer’s style and taste.

In the past in the developed world it was usually solid gold jewelry which had certain value and considered as a sort of an investment, but nowadays many alternatives are available. A great volume of Danish designer jewelry is made of gold plated silver, which allows to offer a variety of styles to jewelry lovers. Such jewelry is often decorated with cubic zirconia stones, which are proven to be an affordable and easily accessible alternative to diamonds. Cubic zirconia stones are clear and can be faceted into many shapes because of its’ hardness, therefore they are well suited to be embellished in any jewelry items such silver or gold plated silver rings, earrings, bracelets or necklaces.

Other semi-precious gemstones like amethyst, quartz, agate or synthetic sapphire are widely used in such silver and gold plated silver pieces because of their relatively low price and bright colors, which make the piece pop.