Scandinavia - So simple. So exquisite. So Scandinavian.
Written by Samantha Denisdóttir
Clean mountain air, the love of life, clear flowing rivers, and an appreciation for nature are just a few things that contribute to the principles and philosophies that so many Scandinavians share.
The organic shapes, effortless style, and natural materials exemplify that classic Nordic aesthetic. It’s no exaggeration to say that Scandinavia is at the forefront of the design world, and its jewellery designers are no exception.
Renowned Swedish jewellery designer and silversmith Charlotte Bonde expands on the traditional Scandinavian approach to design and showcases a beautifully refined collection of silver jewellery that is as extravagant as it is understated.
Charlotte Bonde’s designs are frequently spotted in celebrity circles; perhaps the most fitting ambassador is The Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, who has been seen wearing Charlotte’s pieces on numerous occasions. Carefully selected vintage stones, such as aventurine, white chalcedony, and jade, stand out like lavish gifts encased in beautifully moulded metal gift-wrap. A plethora of contrasting colours scattered across her designs make for an incredible collection that’s created for the modern woman, a woman who loves a statement piece, something enchanting and magical that still possesses a timeless twist.
Born into a family of artisans, Charlotte has a rich design pedigree. Her mother was raised in the family business that designed women’s clothing back in the 50s and 60s. She also ran the influential Ohlsson fashion store in Malmö, Sweden. Surrounded by an abundance of creativity in this extraordinary design era, it is no surprise that the traditional Scandinavian patterns and intricate fabrics of this time would have such an influence on Charlotte’s work today.
Having graduated from silversmith courses in London, Charlotte returned to Sweden to embark on a new adventure. In May 2010, she opened her exclusive concept boutique in the centre of Stockholm – quite fittingly one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Charlotte’s boutique serves as her creative base where her designs are born, realised, and showcased for all to see. Today, the boutique continues to operate as the heart of the company.
Charlotte has continued with her family’s tradition of designing for women. Many of her ideas are born from the magic of nature; this is apparent in the Beata Statement Collection – a beautifully simple collection of shells bare of any stones or embellishment; the simple designs are nevertheless exquisite.
Another major source of inspiration for Charlotte has been the iconic Swedish silversmith Wiwen Nilsson, whose work is easily recognised by his geometric, thought-provoking designs. With one of the great jewellery masters of the 20th century as her inspiration, it’s no wonder that Charlotte’s success in the design world is reaching incredible heights.
Visit the Charlotte Bonde concept boutique on Riddargatan 20, 11451 Stockholm, Sweden (a must if you are in Stockholm). If you are unable to visit the boutique, Charlotte’s pieces are available with other retailers both in Europe and the United States – many of whom also offer her designs online.
Autumn/Winter 14 Collection
Think warm, bohemian hues of emerald green, purple, deep red, brown, and yellow; eye-catching geometric shapes with an Aztec influence; large statement pieces that draw on the A/W trends seen on the catwalk this summer.
Hedvig Star Bracelet
This bracelet is a perfect example of one of Charlotte’s contemporary pieces. She has combined modernity with beautifully intricate, traditional detailing and craftsmanship. Hedvig Star, with its polished finish, shines majestically as part of the A/W14 collection. This would be a beautiful gift or perhaps you wouldn’t be able to part with it…
Now there’s a challenge! US$263
The quintessential Scandinavian silversmith
If there is one company that perfectly encapsulates Scandinavian design philosophy, it’s Georg Jensen.
Georg himself was impassioned by typical Danish values such as enjoying the simple things in life, the unique Nordic light, clean flowing water, and fresh air. His initial work was unmistakably art nouveau but was entwined with details inspired by his beloved nature.
Georg Jensen’s remarkable creativity and ability to recognise emerging design talent formed the beginnings of his Copenhagen-based company in 1904. He has since become one of the most celebrated designers in Danish history, his typical Scandinavian values resonating down the years, never losing their focus.
Beata Statement Collection
This exquisite shell design evokes dreamy images of luxurious beach holidays in South East Asia. The Beata collection is an achingly beautiful design – a simple shell showcased as a pendant on a necklace or bracelet. It’s perfect for day wear but also looks elegant when teamed with an evening ensemble. Beata is also stunning as earrings or a ring and is available in gold, silver or rose gold-plated brass – the rose-gold-plated brass is beyond divine.
“My daughter and I were collecting shells while on holiday in Thailand; we started to place the shells likes like necklaces in the sand, and this was how the collection was born,” says Charlotte.