Jorma Laine (1930-2002) was during the 1960s and 1970s one of the foremost jewellery designers who created his own field within Finnish jewellery with his unique designs. Laine's jewellery can be perceived as stories about nature and its creatures and the human and different cultures.
Laine graduated from Suomen Kultasepät Oy's (later Kultateollisuus) private goldsmith school in Turku in 1950 and worked for the firm until the mid-1950s, after which he started working for Kultasepät Salovaara in Turku. 1963 Laine returned to Kultateollisuus as its chief designer and worked there until 1969. During this period Laine founded his own firm and workshop Lai-For Koru. In 1972 Laine moved over to Turun Hopea as their chief designer and worked there until his retirement in 1985.
Nature and works of art greatly inspired laine. He was especially fascinated by South and Central American works of art, cave paintings and the décor on Sami hand drums. These were used to create jewellery with simple and fractional forms and harmonic geometrical forms. Laine designed jewellery series for both Kultateollisuus and Turun Hopea. The most knows series for Kultateollisuus are "Vanamo", "Kili Kali" and "Magic carpet" and the most known for Turun Hopea are "Face mask", "Ice" and "Chic". Laine's own favourites out of all his designs were "Face mask", "Magic carpet" and "Ox head". Some of the series that Laine designed for Turun Hopea are still made today with the same casting moulds that Laine created in the 1970s and 1980s..
Welcome to discover a curated collection of Jorma Laine's jewellery were the magic of nature and idioms from different cultures meet and creates harmonic and humoristic unities.