Jewellery brands in Denmark, from fine jewellery to fashion jewellery, continue to find beautiful and fun ways to keep us sparkling and shining. Self-decoration with jewels has been around as long as humans. Jewellery is incredibly personal and, for that reason, people tend to be less mutable in their particular styles. One doesn’t experiment with jewellery in the same way one might with clothes or other accessories.
This is certainly also related to the fact that jewellery is often expensive, and therefore choices are made with long-term use in mind. In addition, dissemination of information in how resources like diamonds and gold are extracted has led to shifts in the industry focusing on ethical and sustainable sourcing practices.
In Denmark, a long tradition of goldsmithing, emphasis on craftsmanship and a strong aesthetic identity has lead to an incrediblly rich array of jewellery designers. As other cultural influences enter the market, the choices will only expand.
Here are the best Danish jewellery designers to know:
Goldsmith Charlotte Christina Larsen is the designer and maker behind each and every piece, meaning that stock is low (and made-to-order) but craftsmanship is extremely high. She also makes custom wedding rings and other pieces.
The Cool Girl of Danish jewellery design. Harsløf’s geometric, quirky style can make the most boring outfit seem instantly interesting.
Kinraden’s designs are simple and sleek but also luxuriously timeless. The brand itself took years to launch because the founders wanted to make sure that their sourcing is as sustainable as possible (they use reclaimed gold & silver) and that all working conditions in making the pieces are ethical. The result is gorgeous jewellery on which you can feel really good spending your money.
Orit Elhanati’s unique designs are not what you’d typically associate with a Danish aesthetic but they are truly breathtaking. Drawing on natural shapes – the ocean and mountain – her work looks almost organically formed. Yes, the pieces are pricey, but this is the kind of jewellery that you buy and wear for the rest of your life, then pass on to the next generation.
Nordic style with a sculptural twist. Line & Jo has both sleek and simple pieces as well as more colorful and complicated. Along with Maria Black, Line & Jo is a brand that sets jewellery trends in Scandinavia.
Super-minimalist, geometric, and trendy, Maria Black’s jewellery has done extremely well in Denmark and around the world. These are the kind of clean pieces that allow you to stack multiple rings or load your ear with five earrings without looking clunky. Most of her collections are not-too-expensive and good for every day wear.
Making stunning, organic pieces named for incredible women, Corali stands out as a brand with a true vision. They aim to use 100% recycled gold, and only work in 14K gold and sterling silver. All pieces are made to order by hand in their workshop in Copenhagen, reducing both material and transport waste as much as possible. These are investment pieces that you’ll pass down from one generation to the next.
Goldsmith Arje Grigest began his career in the 50s, creating gorgeous pieces that were a blend of organic modernism and Grigest’s own take on Baroque style. His studio continues today with incredible fine jewellrey that brings together almost melted-looking gold with diamonds and other gemstones. These pieces are both delicate and statement-making, with the kind of quality that lasts beyond a lifetime.
They are well known for the beloved Daisy collection, as well as newer pieces made in collaboration with renown designers such as Jacqueline Rabun. Their jewellery is typically classic, highly-wearable, and high-quality.
Jewellery designer Trine Tuxen started her career as a dancer, and her love of movement is evident in her pieces, which are organic and fluid. She works in gold, as well as sterling silver and gold plating. Trine Tuxen’s strength is in putting a twist on basic, every day pieces that make them artistic.
Based in Los Angeles, Danish jewellery designer Fie Isolde makes one-of-a-kind pieces in gold and precious stones. Her attention to detail and love of quality makes each piece a work of art. This is classic jewellery with a touch of glamour.
Mary Louise Joensen operates from her Copenhagen workshop to create beautiful, handcrafted jewellery. She works with 18K gold, precious stones, and pearls to make pieces with organic shapes and a minimalist, delicate profile.
Ziva Cph founder Ziva Lysholt Azoulay brings together her Danish and Middle Eastern backgrounds to create meaningful, totemic jewellery in sterling silver or gold-plated silver. She also makes a range of every day pieces like signet rings, and a range of fine jewellery including wedding rings.
Made by craftswomen in Guatemala, Pura Utz beaded jewelry is playful, colorful, and expertly handmade. The brand, founded in Denmark and Guatemala, operates in both countries and has the aim of honoring Mayan weaving traditions. Pura Utz also makes a number of other products, including bags and beaded flowers.
The great, great, great grandchild of famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, Sophie Bille Brahe has become a name just as well known in fashion circles. Her pieces, which typically include pearls, are luxurious and expertly-crafted. Her shapes are clean and often minimalist, but always with enough stones or pearls to make the overall silhouette glamorous.
Heritage jewellery brand Ole Lynggaard was founded by the brand’s namesake in 1963. Lynggaard’s fine jewellery designs typically focus on flora and fauna, including their famous Snakes collection. The jewellery has a timeless, elegant aesthetic that’s still eye-catching, making each piece a lifetime investment.
Need somewhere to store your jewels? Check out the sleek, minimalist Jewelbox by Danish brand August Sandgren. All boxes are made from upcycled leather and look stunning open or closed on your dresser.
Header image: Orit Elhanati