The Second Viking Conquest: Scandinavian Modern Jewelry

[Ginger Moro is an author, lecturer and dealer in antiques and vintage jewelry and early 20th century works on paper. She is based in Los Angeles, Cal. Her recent book, European Designer Jewelry, explores jewelry in 13 countries. She also wrote "The Mystery Designers for Georg Jensen USA" for the June 1996 issue of Heritage. This is Part I of Moro's article on Scandinavian Modern Jewelry from 1945 to 1975; Part II will appear in the next issue of Heritage.] An invigorating design aesthetic, expressed in angular lines and cool silver jewelry, swept from Scandinavia like an Arctic wind across international borders into post-war Europe and America. Nordic silversmiths and industrial designers triumphed at European trade and jewelry shows with this fresh, revolutionary approach. Scandinavian ingenuity (challenged and subdued by the long war years of deprivation) was rewarded with top prize

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