29 Nov Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen celebrates 60th anniversary
Sixty years of Fine Jewellery Design: exhibition in Danish Øregaard Museum
A diamond jubilee should of course be celebrated with brilliants! Especially if you are a world-famous jewellery brand, like Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. With a unique retrospective at the Øregaard Museum, on view until 17 December, the Danish jewellery brand brings an extraordinary look behind the scenes. Jannie Iwema of Bonebakker Jewellers Amsterdam tells us why the brand is so successful.
The exhibition Ole Lynggaard Diamond Jubilee will be held until 17 December in Øregaard Museum, Ørehøj Allé 2, 2900 Hellerup. For more information, visit www.oregaard.dk
Three generations at Ole Lynggaard
The 60-year-old jewellery brand’s life story is an ongoing tale of passion and refined craftsmanship. And when you put on Ole Lyngaard’s jewellery, you immediately feel where the inspiration comes from: nature. It was a long-held wish of Ole and his children Søren and Charlotte Lynggaard, the faces behind the Danish brand, to be able to display their collections in an artistic setting. Their dream is coming true with the exhibition Diamond Jubilee – 60 Years of Fine Jewellery Design. And actually, not two, but three generations are immortalized in this exhibition, as Charlotte’s daughter Sofia has now also joined the design team.
60 years of Ole Lynggaard Fine Jewellery
Until 17 December 2023, the aesthetic halls of Øregaard Museum provide a rare insight into Ole Lynggaard’s extraordinary handmade jewellery, borne of passion and artisanal finesse. It all started in 1963, when goldsmith and designer Ole Lynggaard opened his goldsmith shop in Hellerup and founded OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN. Since then, the jewellery house has grown into an international design company in which Ole Lynggaard’s two children, Charlotte Lynggaard, goldsmith and creative director, and Søren Lynggaard, CEO, are the driving forces. The third generation is also part of the story. Sofia Lynggaard Normann, daughter of Charlotte Lynggaard, has just designed her first collection of jewellery, to be launched in spring 2024. An immersion in nature is the inspiration behind the playful designs made of 18-carat gold, diamonds and gemstones.
Ole Lynggaard Funky Stars
The Funky Stars jewellery collection was the first candle on Ole Lynggaard’s birthday cake. An eye-catching series of ear jewellery that is the superlative of the Shooting Stars collection, one of the brand’s most popular lines. Designer Charlotte Lynggaard likes to be inspired by nature, creating aesthetic jewellery with a Bohemian frayed edge. The Funky Stars collection confirms this.
The exhibition features private archive material, sketches, paintings, installations, iconic jewellery designs and new jewellery designs – and a unique staging of nature’s precious treasures. This takes visitors on a journey through the world of haute joaillerie. The cherry on the cake is the fact that the family company is also a purveyor to the Royal Danish Court and designer of some of Scandinavia’s most iconic jewellery designs. Today, OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN has a global network of high-end retailers, of which Bonebakker Juweliers in Amsterdam is one, and six flagship stores.
Ole Lynggaard opened his first, rented goldsmith workshop in 1963 in the Hellerup district, just north of Copenhagen. Anno 2023, the company is based on the same street and has six flagship stores and a global dealer network of 275 jewellers. “Ole Lyngaard’s jewellery appeals to a wide audience,” says Jannie Iwema of Bonebakker Jewellers in Amsterdam. “The international guests of the Conservatorium Hotel where we have our jewellery shop love the colourful designs, the Dutch audience finds the wearability and organic shapes the main appeal. I am always looking for jewellery that has its own character, made with high craftsmanship and beautiful gemstones. When Charlotte Lynggaard and her brother Sören were in the shop, there was that family feeling right away, and when I met Ole himself I was completely won over.”
By using mainly cabochon-cut gemstones, i.e. without facets, and worked gold, Ole Lynggaard’s jewellery has an understated design. Iwema: “They have a sweet-tough look, and everything fits together. It’s funny to see a kind of addiction. For some customers, the wish list for additional jewellery is already registered in our computer and on the first next birthday, Mother’s Day, or other occasion, we make sure it’s beautifully wrapped and ready to go.”
In June, there was a big party in Copenhagen, where jewellery designer Charlotte Lynggaard launched a special dress collection in honour of the 60th anniversary of the brand her father once started. Lynggaard, who trained as a goldsmith, has managed to translate her recognisable style into this first couture collection. Voluptuous, distinctive designs that, like her jewellery, exude confident femininity. Charlotte Lynggaard’s penchant for contrasts, ‘because life is full of contrasts’, is beautifully expressed not only in 18-carat gold and Sterling silver. The dress collection makes the same statement.
After working for a period in Paris at an advertising agency, Charlotte Lynggaard entered the family business in 1987 as an apprentice goldsmith. She then worked in various departments to further learn the trade. In 1994, she launched her first own collection: Bees & Flowers, a collection that showed that she not only carried the name of the brand, but also had a clearly defined idea of where it should go. Charlotte went on to sign for classics such as the BoHo, Lotus and Leaves collections.
This year, we were introduced to new additions to the Lotus collection: Evil Eye ear studs and ear pendants, and the Funky Stars earrings, a standalone collection. Using new techniques, layers of brilliant-cut diamonds have been superimposed, creating a multidimensional structure of sparkle in the Funky Stars. Diamonds in carefully selected sizes, ranging from 0.5 mm to 3.00 mm in diameter, are meticulously arranged in a diamond pavé setting. The characteristic sparkling points of the stars feature the smallest diamonds ever incorporated into the brand’s designs. Like all brilliant-cut diamonds, they are formed by 57 facets. Due to their unusual size, these tiny diamonds require a special cutting technique. “An anniversary-worthy collection,” Iwema believes. “We have arranged our jewellery theatre to showcase Ole Lynggaard’s jewellery in the best possible way.”