Accessories

24 Nordic jewellery brands you need to know about

By Vogue Scandinavia

Photo: KARAAT Jewelry

From statement earrings and graphic necklaces to heavily embellished rings and cuffs, Scandinavian designers have you covered in style. Whether you’re looking to invest in a timeless piece or want a little pick-me-up treat, there’s no shortage of bold jewellery coming from local creatives

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KARAAT Jewelry

Diamonds are at the heart of KARAAT's story, not only for the Finnish jewellery brand's exquisite engagement and wedding rings but also for the founders' unwavering commitment to transparency within the diamond industry. Since its launch in 2019, Julia Hakanpää and Jani Leirimaa have been driven by a vision of ethical practices, working with lab-grown gemstones and honest pricing structures. Their journey highlighted a pressing need for change, which inspired them to revolutionise traditional practices. Today, the brand's pieces are designed in the Nordics and crafted in Rome, Italy, and Antwerp, Belgium, resulting in durable, beautiful jewellery that resonates with modern values.

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Pura Utz

Strawberry, grape, lemon or banana earrings - Pura Utz has a pair for every mood and style. The brand’s co-founders, Anna and Bernabela, design colourful collections of jewels that blend joyful creativity and upbeat inspirations. What started as an ‘‘empowerment project’’ has quickly turned into a statement Danish brand that is positively impacting the industry - they employ more than 50 women in Guatemala and have recently launched collections of bags and clothes to match their playful jewellery.

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Ole Lynggaard

Nature has always been an immense source of inspiration to Ole Lynggaard, with the Danish flora and fauna resonating through the brand's signature organic shapes and direct details. Whether reinterpretations of leaves or the spindly take of a fossil-like seashell, this brand is all about exquisite craftsmanship, artisanal integrity and deep personal bonds.

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Rare Jewellery

Dannie Larsson's Swedish brand Rare Jewellery is for the Scandinavian maximalist. Sculpting dazzling pieces covered in sparkling stones, Larsson's play with colours and quirky pieces make her a certifiable standout on the Scandinavian scene

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Georg Jensen

Known for its timeless jewellery crafted from the finest, sustainably sourced materials, Georg Jensen's pieces fuse elegant Scandinavian minimalism with a hint of playfulness. Ideal for any occasion, the Danish brand's jewellery is best worn mixed and matched or stacked, guaranteeing a unique look.

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Engelbert

Looking for your next forever piece? Consider browsing the offerings of Stockholm-based Engelbert, a fine jewellery brand that counts the Swedish royal family, Bella Hadid, and Chiara Ferragni, amongst others, among its fans. Specialising in gold pieces, Engelbert's hand-crafted designs are perfect for those looking to invest in bold yet polished jewellery, there to be cherished for years or even generations to come.

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Sophie by Sophie

Swedish brand Sophie by Sophie was founded in 2006 by Sophie Gyllenhammar out of a love for eccentric jewellery and sparkle - a passion she inherited from her grandmother. The designer creates timeless pieces that combine modern twists and bold colours - think knots, hearts, giant safety pins and bright details. The ‘Childhood’ earrings will certainly add a welcoming pop of colour to any winter outfit.

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Sophie Bille Brahe

Danish Sophie Bille Brahe's eponymous fine jewellery brand reflects the founder's deep respect for craft and storytelling, its' dainty jewellery adding a touch of femininity to any ensemble. All of the label's pieces are crafted from 100 per cent recycled gold, adorned with responsibly sourced precious stones or freshwater pearls, underscoring the brand's commitment to sustainability.

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Elhanati

Established in 2013 by Orit Elhanati, the namesake brand's jewellery is heavily inspired by the founder's Danish upbringing and Middle Eastern roots. Drawing from a universe of fantasies and dreams, Elhanati's meticulously hand-crafted, organic-shaped jewellery is quite literally unique, as no two pieces are alike.

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Efva Attling

Efva Attling created her first piece of jewellery at the age of 11, so after perfecting her work for years, it’s no surprise her line of bold jewels featuring colourful gemstones is foolproof. Sharp angles and graphic details meet soft, curved lines to create collections made from white gold, silver and diamonds. The ‘Big Bubbles’ earrings will certainly make heads turn.

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Pearl Octopuss.y

Norwegian creative Cathrine Børter had been working as a womenswear designer for almost a decade, until she discovered her true calling: jewellery. Cue Pearl Octopuss.y, the Oslo-based jewellery brand she launched in 2020. With its bold and eccentric pieces, Pearl Octopuss.y quickly cemented its place as the go-to label for those on the hunt for quality pieces bound to make a statement.

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Bjørg

Bjørg Nordli-Mathisen worked for a decade as a textile artist before turning to jewellery - this has taught her a particular attention to light and colours. Spotted on David Bowie, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Lykke Li, Bjørg's jewels are sculptural, and all handmade from 100 per cent natural materials. From the colourful ‘Fabula Rainbow’ bracelet to the statement ‘Biomorph’ ring, the collections feature rough and precious stones that merge past inspirations with contemporary references.

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Studio Josephine

While based and operating out of Oslo, Josephine Studio's brand identity is intricately tied to the enigmatic Empress Joséphine Bonaparte (who was known as Rose until Napoleon decided to call her Joséphine). She was a trailblazing iconoclast whose audacious style and love for jewels defied the mores of her epoch. "[Joséphine was a rebel for her time. She did her thing, went against the flow and was seen by many as inappropriate both as an empress, but also as a contemporary woman," says designer Sarah Herland. Like its muse, Josephine seeks not merely to adorn, but to embolden, challenging norms to redefine the very essence of jewelry for a modern era. "We are always committed to creating high-quality, timeless pieces that are versatile enough to wear every day or for special occasions."

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Anni Lu

Helle Vestergaard Poulsen founded Anni Lu in 2013 because of her passion for bold colours, playful combinations and unexpected designs. Her jewellery is made by hand using 14k solid gold and 18k gold-plated sterling silver and is embellished with sparkling crystals, beads and semi-precious stones. Some of her signature pieces include the good luck charms and personalised initial pendants.

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Charlotte Bonde

From the bold ‘Astrid Dome’ collection to the modern ‘Hedvig Deco’ and vintage ‘Ever After Poppy’ collections, Swedish designer Charlotte Bonde imagines jewellery that mixes historical references with current fashion and artistic inspirations. Pearls are mixed with gold-tone details and flower-shaped designs meet colourful pendants to celebrate the unique personality of each wearer.

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Lulu Copenhagen

Anja and Rasmus Gottiebsen’s shared passion for art and design resulted in the creation of Lulu Copenhagen in 2014. The couple uses mellow and vibrant hues throughout their collections - they’re made of playful, simple pieces meant to spark joy and inspire women to live a fun life. The best-selling candy ear studs are sold one at a time, as the designers believe in only buying products you truly fall in love with.

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Aida Impact

Finnish brand Aida Impact has a unique approach to design - its goal is to create a sustainable social impact through jewellery. The collections are handmade in Helsinki from natural materials and employees are mothers, immigrants and refugees the brand offers work to for a living. The use of rose and nougat gold, pearls and shells is enhanced by pastel and vibrant gemstones that reflect light and catch the eye.

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Annele

If you’re looking for jewellery that’s all about joy and happiness, look no further. Launched in 2020, Finnish brand Annele is full of unleashed creativity - the handmade collections mix vibrant colours and fun designs that are inspired by nature and the small pleasures of everyday life. Pair the ‘Raspberry Jelly’ and ‘Marshmallow Madness’ clip-on earrings with their matching necklace to brighten your look.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood’s ‘Ice Huggie’ earrings or ‘Ada’ chain necklace are items that’ll surely draw some attention - they’re both classic in style but compelling in the detail. Founded in 2013 by Mona Jensen, the brand is based on functionality and simple materials, while always making an impression thanks to bold shapes and unexpected designs. All products are created with the lowest environmental impact possible, adding credentials to their already sought-after pieces.

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Kalevala

Created 80 years ago by Elsa Heporauta, Kalevala focuses on supporting Finnish production and social responsibility thanks to its modern, heritage-inspired jewellery. In fact, you may have already seen the brand's silver plate work around the neck of Princess Leia in Star Wars. Today, the collections feature statement pieces that are suitable for just about any style - the ‘Arcs’ bracelet and ‘Kosmos’ necklace are two favourites that would make a thoughtful gift to any jewellery lover.

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Nootka

Created by Lisa Olsson, Nootka's 925 silver pieces are all of the sort that you'd never want to take off. The brand's bestseller, the ‘Mid Hoop’, for example, is an earring that’s delicately textured and easily adds visual appeal to any classic shirt or plush sweater. Better yet, this spring Nootka teams up with House of Dagmar for a capsule collaboration we're already coveting.

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Julie Sandlau

Julie Sandlau designs four yearly collections that are made from 22k gold plating, 925 sterling silver and recycled rhodium and feature an array of eye-catching gemstones and colourful crystals. Imagined to bring joy and mindfulness to the wearer, the pieces blend femininity and modernity and can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion. The ‘Bamboo’, ‘Audrey’ and ‘Bloom’ lines are ones you can’t go wrong with.

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Jane Kønig

Classic pearls and vibrant agates meet brushed surfaces and sparkly details in Jane Kønig’s collections of modern, graphic jewellery. From chunky yet elegant chain necklaces to engraved bracelets, pieces can be worn together or separately depending on the occasion. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, design your bespoke piece of jewellery in the brand’s Copenhagen studio.

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Trine Tuxen

Trine Tuxen’s jewellery is pared-back but comes in daring shapes, vibrant hues and with alluring details. You’ll find pieces trimmed with colourful embellishments, precious and semi-precious stones and most are handcrafted from 925 sterling silver as well as 14k gold plating. It’s no surprise the brand’s ‘V’ collection won the ELLE ‘Jewelry Collection of the year’ Style Award back in 2019.