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Claës Giertta was highly regarded for his experimentation with precious metals. This necklace is unique and reminiscent of early Modernist jewellery from the 1940s.

18ct gold and white gold necklace by Claës Giertta, Sweden, 1966 © Claës Giertta

Necklace by Claës Giertta fact file

Date

1966

Designed by

Claës Giertta

Made from

18ct gold, white gold

Made in

Stockholm, Sweden

Museum reference

K.2016.9

Who was Claës Giertta?

Highly influential as a silversmith, sculptor and designer in Sweden, Claës Giertta (1926-2007) was largely unknown outside Scandinavia.

He trained at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, establishing his own workshop in 1957. Giertta’s jewellery designs are noted for their highly sculptural and textural relief, often employing varying constructions of geometric forms.

Claës E. Giertta at his studio, Stockholm,1962 ©Eugen Wretholm

Influences from the north

At the end of the Second World War, Design Councils across Scandinavia and Finland initiated measures to renew trade, nurture young talent and position their designers in all areas of decorative art, craft and design. Through a series of trade fairs the dominance of the Scandinavian design movement took hold, and became an international influence. 

Presented by the Art Fund. 

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Header image: Detail of 18ct gold and white gold necklace by Claës Giertta, Sweden, 1966 © Claës Giertta

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