One day six decades ago, a lady with a liquor bottle full of gold nuggets panned in Lapland stepped into the gallery of a young goldsmith on Fredrikinkatu in Helsinki. She wanted to have jewelry made for her daughters-in-law out of the gold nuggets. The goldsmith, Björn Weckström, had been recommended to her by the Design Museum. Björn Weckström had just visited the Lemmenjoki River in Lapland, panned a few small gold nuggets and seen some much bigger nuggets, whose matte glow had made a deep impression on him – it was gold as nature intended, not something polished to a soulless and lifeless shine. The young Weckström was excited, as he now had plenty of material to experiment with. He designed bracelets, rings and necklaces out of the gold nuggets while retaining the natural structure and soft matte glow of the gold nuggets.
Around the same time, in 1960, goldsmith Pekka Anttila established Kruunukoru Oy. Kruunukoru was a small goldsmith’s workshop that made smooth bracelets, which were very fashionable at the time, and Bismarck chains. The pieces of jewelry were of very good quality, but Pekka Anttila didn’t feel that making them contributed to the future of Finland. Something entirely new had to be created. He happened to see Björn Weckström’s jewelry made out of the gold from Lapland in the display window of the gallery on Fredrikinkatu and became interested in it. Together, Anttila and Weckström started developing techniques that would allow them to replicate the jewelry’s shapes and structures in serial production. However, the new style received a lukewarm reception at first. One jewelry store they approached to sell the new jewelry told them to come back in a hundred years.