As one of Denmark’s premier jewellers and silversmiths, Georg Jensen has a long history of working with the best Scandinavian design talent. In the mid-20th century especially, it teamed up with classic silver artists such as Vivianna Torun and Henning Koppel, whose creations are still in the brand’s archive collection and have influenced many recent designs. Now the firm has embarked on a collaboration with current Danish jewellery star Sophie Bille Brahe for the Halo collection in gold and diamonds (available from Monday September 3).
Brahe first came to prominence with her Croissant de Lune graduated diamond ear climber, which helped set the trend for single statement earrings. So it’s unsurprising that the collection has all the clean-lined hallmarks of Scandinavian jewellery, but updated for a new generation.
“Working with Sophie was almost inevitable,” says senior vice-president of jewellery design Nicholas Manville. “We wanted to return to our roots by working in gold with a designer who had a purely Scandinavian point of view, but with a global perspective. She has given us gold and diamonds that glow with a warm light rather than intense reflection.”
For her part, Brahe was inspired by the late-19th-century/early-20th-century painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, in particular “the way he used sunlight passing through windows to create a sense of ease. I wanted the pieces to be light and effortless, and to reflect both my precise, clean style and Jensen’s design language, which is imbued with very soft, curved lines.”
There are 19 limited edition pieces in the collection, from ear studs (£650) to rings (from £4,100) with concentric pavé circles holding a larger diamond between them. Other highlights include bangles (£8,800) with a double line of diamonds, tiny gold pendants (£700) with one floating diamond and beautiful concentric circle hoop earrings (from £2,350). The play of light on soft diamonds and polished gold is Scandinavian design at its best.