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1 / New this week, this beautifully designed bracelet by Tone Vigeland. The geometric piece dates from about 1965 and was produced by her studio, Plus Norway. (more info)

2 / I’ve been noticing so many beautiful succulent arrangements in and around my hometown of Victoria, BC. They’re so bold and unusual; a perfect compliment to midcentury modern design.

3 / This 14k gold pendant designed by Finland’s Björn Weckström was originally titled “Minerva”. It was made in the late 70s, early 80s perhaps, and has that great rough hewn texture that Weckström was famous for. It reminds me of a primitive tooth or claw – such a lovely piece.  (more info)

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A few exciting new arrivals to start off the new year. Maybe the Chinese new year, more accurately? At any rate, voila!

1 / Enamel and bronze ring designed by Hannu Ikonen. The enamel detailing is a rare element in his designs. I think the deep blue of the enamel compliments the warm bronze so beautifully.

2 / Rare design by Jorma Laine for Kultateollisuus Ky of Finland. Such charming and unusual “iconography” from the ever-mysterious Laine.

3 / Tapio Wirkkala’s “Omena” (apple) pendant in its rare, largest size. When it arrived, I literally gasped at how beautiful it is. Wirkkala’s designs truly have to be felt to be appreciated. The delicate movement of the inner ring, the airy, hammered surface texture shine in person. The original chain is the perfect finishing touch.

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The fall has descended rather rapidly this year on Vancouver Island. The cold rains are washing away my memories of the once uncomfortable heat of my attic room. A move away from salads and towards ratatouille. Settling into wool jackets and long sleeps. I’m into it!

Lots of new arrivals being added over at Hopea just in time for the holiday season to start. Be sure to check in!

1 / Rare “Kyoto” ring in 14k gold designed by Björn Weckström.

2 / Owe Johannson bracelet. Finland, c. 1970. (Available here.)

2 / Hans Hansen bracelet in 14k gold. Denmark, c. 1960.

 

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1 / Bracelet designed by Per Davik for Alton Sweden. 1974.

2/ Bracelet by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen, Denmark c. 1970.

3/ Tapio Wirkkala “Hopeakuu” (Silver Moon) necklace. Finland, 1972.

4/ Unn Tangerud for Uni David Andersen. Norway, c. 1965.

Lots of exciting new pieces to be added on the site this week!

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1 / Stunning 18K gold bracelet titled “Cascade” designed by Björn Weckström for Finnish firm Lapponia. c. 1970.

2 / Rare silver Liisa Vitali earrings inspired by cats claws. Finland, 1972.

3 / A sculptural ring by renowned Swedish silversmith Theresia Hvorslev. Sweden, 1971.

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I am so pleased to have located one of Torun Bülow-Hübe’s fantastic pieces of jewelry to add to Hopea’s collection. Her ingenious designs are simple but expertly crafted. Though not overtly feminine, her pieces are of a style that women want to wear, even half a century later. When you try on a piece, you can feel how it perfectly accounts for the curves of the human body. Information about her remarkable life and career is available in many places online but you have to feel her work in person to fully appreciate the level of her accomplishment. The piece that is currently available on Hopea is a neck ring that is accompanied by two interchangeable pendants. The modular style of the piece gives it great versatility.

View more details here.

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New additions to Hopea’s collection, how I love these elegantly minimal 14K gold rings from Finland. All from about 1960 – 1970, they really capture the modernist movement towards simple forms and an emphasis on honesty of materials. Local stones were also preferred by designers who elevated them, incorporating them into modern work with gold.

1 / Gold “Valkea” ring from 1964, Finland.

2 / Gold and agate ring from 1957.

3 / Nils Westerback ring. Finland, 1967.

4 / Smokey quartz and gold “Kitku” ring. 

5 / Nils Westerback ring. Finland, 1964.

With 2013 done and gone, I am so looking forward to 2014! Lots of changes for me in the last few months. Myself, along with Hopea’s collection, have relocated to Vancouver Island. Calgary was such an unexpectedly great place to spend the last two years, but I’m also excited to be back where my roots are on the West coast.

The Christmas trunk shows at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary and Inform Interiors in Vancouver both went amazingly well. It was great to see returning faces of customers whom I’ve come to know through these shows as well as meeting other design-appreciating locals for the first time. There’s lots of advantages to having an online store, but I do miss that face-to-face element! I’m looking forward to next year already.

A few pictures from the shows:

Jewelry Trunk Show Calgary

A few Liisa Vitali and Georg Jensen pieces…

Jewelry Trunk Show Vancouver

Kit Interior Objects, Calgary

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My lovely little corner inside Inform Interiors in Vancouver.

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Dutifully manning the booth…

Last month, Hopea and one of my favourite design blogs, April+ May organized a giveaway for Jorma Laine’s “Kala” ring. The winner was drawn from the comments and I’m just so pleased it went to such a great customer and supporter like Pippa (ouchflower).

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I am still in the process of replenishing Hopea’s somewhat bare store (the trunk shows really were successful!), but I’m pleased to say that I have over 50 amazing new pieces of midcentury jewelry that are currently being documented and photographed. There was a great reception for elegant, minimal gold and stone rings over the holiday so I’ve done my best to track down some more of these designs.

Here’s a sneak peek of a few:

Vintage Gold Scandinavian Ring

Nils Westerback 14k gold ring. Finland, 1960.

hannu ikonen bronze necklace

Rare enamelled Hannu Ikonen reindeer moss design. Finland, c. 1975. Currently available.

MP Christoffersen

MP Christoffersen sterling silver ring. Denmark, c. 1960.

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– Cosima