Georg Jensen and architect firm BIG team up on new necklace for Queen Margrethe II

By Anna Clarke

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The crack team of Danish designers are honouring the long-standing monarch on her Jubilee year

The Danish jewellery designer Georg Jensen has collaborated with the renowned Danish architecture firm Big, to create a necklace fit for a Queen – quite literally. The much-loved Scandinavian brand, known for its timeless silverware and accessories, teamed up with the architecture group – best recognised for its work with the Lego House in Billund and Copenhagen’s harbour baths – to design a uniquely special piece of jewellery for Queen Margrethe II on the occasion of her 50th year on the throne.

The one-off necklace was fashioned to celebrate a new exhibition in Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv marking the monarch’s jubilee and highlighting 50 different inspiring Danish women of historical and cultural importance to the country.

The architecturally-stunning handcrafted sterling silver necklace is made up of 50 separate little blocks of differing sizes which represent the 50 different stepping stones present in the exhibition – one for each of the awe-inspiring women.

“The silver blocks can be seen as miniature pedestals, each representing a steppingstone for women in history, while the design in its entirety symbolises the passing of time,” explained Ragnar Hjartarson, creative director at Georg Jensen.

Big designed the one-of-a-kind piece, crafting all the initial sketches and then working with the heritage silversmith brand's design team to really bring it to life. ‘Design collaborations are a long-lasting tradition at Georg Jensen – we have worked with many designers and architects, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Bjarke Ingels for this special occasion,’ says Hjartarson.