Wonderful sterling silver dark blue stone ring. Fully hallmarked for sought after Lapponia, Finland year 1980.
Ring size: US size 16.5mm = 5 3/4
Band width: 6 - 11mm
Stone size: 6 x 4mm
In 1960 the Finn Pekka Anttila started the company. He looked for innovations in jewelry making. Pekka was very impressed by the work Björn Weckström, he loved his unique touch in designing. Anttila and Weckström started their cooperation and in 1963 the Lapponia company actually started. Despite that they had much competition, they got quickly consumer confidence. They grew into a full-fledged company that made high quality jewelry.
In 1965 Lapponia Jewelry took part in their first international fair. In the same year Björn Weckström participated in a Contest in Rio de Janeiro and won the Grand Prix for his golden necklace "Flowering wall". The company gained international respect and recognition. They captured steadily the market that more and more appreciated their typical designs.
In 1971 Lapponia launched the Flame Bronze Collection designed by Weckström. In this series were 8 rings, 7 pendants, 3 bracelets and 4 belts. All these were produced just a short period in the 70´s only. Name Flame Bronze came from the special patina surface of the items. The collection has a dark tone and heavy image. The names of jewellery in this collection had clear military overtone like B52, Pentagon, Starfighter and International Arms Inc. to take some examples. Some of the names had connection to automotive industry like Mustang, General Motors, Pontiac 59 and Buick 49. The three bracelets were called Mauser, Krupp and Maginot.
Many well-known designers worked for Lapponia such as: In 1971 Poul Havgaard, Juhani Linnovaara in 1972 (a painter), in 1975 Zoltan Popovits (a sculptor), in 1989 the Frenchman Christophe Burger, in 2002 the designer Pekka Hirvonen and Chao-Hsien Kuo in 2006.
In 1972 Pekka Anttila received the National Entrepreneurs Prize for his special contribution to the Finnish jewellery industry. In 1979 Lapponia's efforts in the export markets was awarded with the -The President of Finland Award for Export."
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