Love in Lapland – Iceland
I am Jerell, I have been fascinated with jewellery from a young age, 4 or 5.
Looking through my Mom’s jewellery box I would find her good jewellery and a pile of broken and discarded items.
I was amazed that items made of gold would be discarded. It was usually chains that were tangled or were missing parts.
Even though I was a lively, energetic child, I still had the patience and the eyes for being able to detangle the chains.
Family have so many traditions and memories around jewellery.
For me jewellery was a right of passage. Getting my first little gold ring with a turquoise at 7, a watch at 8, charm bracelet at 10. And then, charms through out my life ( when charm bracelets are in style I would add charms).
Growing up I watched my Mom get jewellery for special occasions, and sometimes just because. The gift and occasions become memories for the entire family.
My sisters and I remember my Mom getting a new ring from the jewellery store in the Banff Springs Hotel. We were out skating and when we came in we saw this beautiful Lapponia ring that my father got my Mom. Just because..
As the years progressed, my father added to her collection of Lapponia. Birks carried the line for many years.
Fast forward 30 years. I was in Jewellery School and joined the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, I saw an exhibition that the group was putting on.
It was an exhibition of works that were inspired by the sculpture Björn Weckström’s. from Iceland – Lapland. Bjorn Weckstrom was Lapponia principle designer.
His gold work represented the rough gold nuggets found in Iceland. These look pretty similar to gold nuggets found in Northern Alberta during the goldrush.
The silver work is inspired by the vast winter landscape and the snow drifts. It has a frosting achieved through depletion building. Removing the copper content from Sterling silver, gives the metal a very white, frosted coating.
The last few episodes of Nick’s Season of the Bachelor, was filmed in Iceland.
It is too bad that that he was not able to pick a ring from Lapponia as an engagement ring for Venessa.
Photo from Fire and Ice Helicopter Tours of Iceland.