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24. June 2021

How were the finalists in Georg Jensen's recent design competition actualy selected?

In the autumn of 2020, The Danish jewelry company Georg Jensen announced a design competition in which the whole country was invited to design a piece of jewelry which would celebrate Her Majesty Queen Margrethe's 50th government anniversary - and at the same time be in line with Georg Jensen's design heritage, because the winning design was to be produced and sold by the old jewelry company. Of course I participated!   Here is Georg Jensen's own description of what they wanted:Your design proposal must be able to function both as a pendant and a brooch. In addition, it must…
10. June 2021

World Art Nouveau Day – in contemporary jewelry

Art Nouveau is loved by many. The soft and fluid shapes of especially French Art Nouveau seems to  appeal to us humans, probably because the look reminds us of nature – our original home and habitat. Jewelry created in this style thus tends to work more WITH the body than against it: No sharp edges or angular, architectonic lines in stark contrast to our soft flesh. Art Nouveau, also (but not only) known as Jugendstil or Stile Liberty, was a wildly popular design style from approximately 1890 to 1900 – the end of the “Victorian Age”. The style was originally…
8. March 2021

When geeks fall in love

Dedicating yourself to another person is a big deal – for everyone. For Sarah and Michael, two geeky and free souls, it wasn’t a given. And then again… they WERE a perfect match, and when Sarah realized, that she had found the perfect match in the nerdy film operator and master of role play, she asked me to create an engagement ring for him. Proposing is always neve wrecking and to do so as a woman to the man, many would consider especially unusual and brave. However, this is very much in keeping with the young artist’s personality. Because who…
5. January 2021

Corona-closed - But the workshop is open!

We have been asked to close our store front in order to stop the spreading of the corona virus and of cause we comply. However, since our workshop is as small as it is with only 3 of us working together, we have chosen to keep the workshop running. This means that ordered Jewellery is still created, the webshop is open for business and design meetings are still held – albeit with a certain distance: Online, by phone: +45 32 200 444 or mail: design@castens.com When your Jewellery is finished, you can pick it up (thoroughly cleansed of cause) by…
27. November 2020

Recycling old gold – are you guaranteed your new jewelry is made of YOUR gold?

The price of gold has risen 30% since January, which has inspired many to save money by having new jewelry made from old gold – especially wedding rings. The cost of such a process varies wildly and there is a good reason for this: The 2 different ways of working with the gold. One of the ways rises the question: Can you be sure that YOUR gold has been used for your new piece of jewelry? In this article I will show you how your gold can be turned into new jewelry, enabling you to make an informed choice: Is…
6. October 2020

How to choose the perfect engagement ring

You have found the love of your life and want to propose to her, but how do you choose the right ring? If the ring misses the mark, the whole situation will deflate and perhaps she might even say no! Luckily there is a recipe on how to choose the perfect ring which will bring tears to hear eyes and that all-important YES from her lips.  “Congratulations!” is typically my first response to the sweet men, who come to my shop, shyly enquiring for a ring, because they need to ask their girlfriend something important. This IS an important question…
15. July 2020

Vielsesringe med uendelighedstegn

Vielsesringe med et uendelighedstegn er en klassiker. Hos Castens har vi specialiseret os i at gøre det på en lidt andeledes måde   Når vi vælger hinanden som livspartnere, er det i forventningen om netop det: at det kommer til at vare livet ud, eller "uendeligt" - altså at det ikke ender før vi gør, i al fald. I den forbindelse er det faktisk underordnet om det så lykkedes, for når vi står der i kirken, på rådhuset eller under blodbøgen, FØLES det som det helt rigtige – og det er den følelse, som skal være med til at bære…
10. July 2020

How to create a perfect proposal

Proposing or being proposed to is not something you immediately forget no matter what. However, a proposal can easily, become even more romantic and memorable if you do a little bit of planning ahead. This article is brought in collaboration with FindEnKæreste.dk (FindALove), who are Danish experts in love, dating and relationships. Visit them here Looking for ideas and suggestions for the perfect proposal? Then read on. Whether you want to use one or more of these ideas to create an unforgettable courtship or whether you simply want to use them as inspiration is entirely up to you. The traditional…
6. June 2020

Creation of a sea monster necklace

Deep down, a silvery sea monster lurks, ready to stretch its arms towards the surface in order to tear down unsuspecting sea folk into a watery and violent grave. It was this monster which I set out to create, when Nina Hald, author of several jewellery-related books and curator of even more jewellery exhibitions, invited me to participate in the exhibition “Jewels of the Sea” at the nautical museum “Fjord og Bælt”. However, in the beginning, I only knew, that I wanted to work with the octopus because I am in love with the sinuous curls which its arms can…
23. May 2020

Creating a tiara

When the Copenhagen Jewellers Guild announced the event “Fit for a Queen”, letting all Copenhagen Jewellers participating with their take on what was fit for a queen, I decided to create a tiara. Of course, one might be tempted to say, since I love creating tiaras and do so approximately once every other year. This particular tiara was meant for a forest queen and hence its main motifs would be silvery leaves and/or flowers. I puzzled around with the elements for quite a while before settling for a somewhat simple but stylish version featuring only leaves. I adored the flowers…

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