Kalevala Jewelry honors Finnish women with a jewelry series that highlights some of the significant cultural figures of our time. Aurora Karamzin (1808–1902) – Maman Aurore to those who were close to her – is remembered not only as the czarina’s lady-in-waiting, but also as a great benefactor and pioneer of social work in Finland. The pearl jewelry in the Maman Aurore jewelry series designed by Kirsti Doukas is a modern interpretation of the pearl necklace that was given to Aurora as a dower.
Halikko Necklace The prototype for this Kalevala Koru design dates from the 12th century. The string of filigreed balls was found with three silver cross pendants in Halikko, in southwestern Finland. The valuable find was buried in an earthenware jar during the conversion of Finland to Christianity, about 800 years ago. The jewelry may have been hidden by a priest who wanted to protect it from pagan Finns, or just as well by church robbers who were hiding their booty - no one knows for sure.