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Featured article from: Issue #4, 2017

MADE IN HELSINKI: The Power of the Bear

Gold, silver and bronze have been forged in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, for 80 years: rings, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Today, the smiths use digital technology and 3D printing together with traditional tools. All of the jewellery is made out of Finnish materials whenever possible. 

Kalevala Koru is an homage to the Finnish woman. It was founded by women in 1937, the background organisation is run by women and the company has always been headed by women.

Every Finnish woman most likely has a piece of Kalevala jewellery. Giving someone Kalevala jewellery is a statement, tying the recipient to a strong tradition of Finnish womanhood. A bruin gives its bearer the strength of a bear while St John’s Arms, or the looped square, protects against evil spirits. Today, Kalevala jewellery is for both men and women. Traditions are present but the interpretation is new.

MADE IN HELSINKI: The Power of the Bear

Kalevala Koru.
Mon–Fri 10–19, Sat 10–17.
Pohjoisesplanadi 25–27.