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Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson

  • Studio Jungfruhuset
  • Jewellery maker
  • Västervik, Sweden
  • Master Artisan
Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker
Contact
Swedish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+46 706731846
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United in love and craftsmanship

  • • Their partnership has lasted more than 40 years
  • • Some of their apprentices have become successful jewellery artists
  • • The King of Sweden owns creations by Christer

Christer Jonsson and Lena Bergestad Jonsson are silversmiths, goldsmiths and jewellery artists who established their first studio in Stockholm in 1980. The married couple moved to Västervik, on the eastern coast of Sweden, and opened Studio Jungfruhuset in 2006. Lena came to silversmithing through her enamel work, and appreciates how the process for both is one of constant evolution. Besides the design process, what Christer loves most of all about his profession is developing new materials and techniques. “I aim to always add new experiences and abilities to my craft skills,” he says: “You will never be fully skilled: there is always something more to learn and to accomplish.”

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Works

  • © Stefan Källstigen
  • © Stefan Källstigen
  • © Stefan Källstigen
  • © Lena Bergestad Jonsson
  • © Stefan Källstigen
Photo: © Stefan Källstigen
Bowl and Dipper

The silver bowl and dipper with titanium handle were first presented during a solo exhibition, Nutida Svenskt Silver (Contemporary Swedish Silver), held in Stockholm in 1992. Like the other works presented, the design was based on pure geometric forms.

Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker
Photo: © Stefan Källstigen
Bracelet

Christer and Lena Jonsson jewellery is designed to be worn over clothes, as they are fascinated by movement and the way the piece clasps the fabric. Meant to be worn over a cuff, this bracelet was crafted from titanium, a metal noted for its lightness, hardness and flexibility, its non-allergenic properties and the soft grey tone that contrasts with the silver.

Height 85 mm
Diameter 80 mm

Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker
Photo: © Stefan Källstigen
Amphitrite’s Garden

This brooch was created by Lena for an exhibition on a Renaissance theme. In celebration of Amphitrite, the Greek goddess of the sea, the piece is inspired by marine flora and fauna, featuring a scallop shell and fish-like creatures. It is now part of the public collection in the Rööhs Museum in Gothenburg.

Height 90 mm
Diameter 70 mm
Width 70 mm

Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker
Photo: © Lena Bergestad Jonsson
Mon Seul Désir

Drawing its inspiration from the The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries in the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, this brooch depicts figures suspended from a wheel, enclosed in a frame wreathed in ivy leaves. The text in enamel on the wheel reads Mon Seul Désir (My Only Desire) taken from the motto on a tent featuring on the sixth and last of the tapestries.

Height 120 mm
Diameter 70 mm
Width 35 mm

Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker
Photo: © Stefan Källstigen
Pot for hot milk

This triangular pot was first presented during a solo exhibition, Nutida Svenskt Silver (Contemporary Swedish Silver), held in Stockholm in 1992. The lid of the pot is fitted with a decorative hinge, while the handle is made of titanium because it is light, non-allergenic and an inert heat conductor.

Height 100 mm
Depth 100 mm
Width 100 mm

Christer Jonsson & Lena Bergestad Jonsson Jewellery maker

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