Engelbert: Hand-crafted jewellery to be worn for a lifetime
By Emma Rodin | Photos: Anders Kylberg, Jimmy Hansen
With over 100 years in the business, Engelbert have earned their place as a trusted and much-loved maker of fine jewellery, in Sweden and beyond. With each piece telling its own story through effortless elegance, Engelbert epitomes intelligent craftsmanship and timeless design.
With such a long and rich history, it’s not easy to pinpoint just one event responsible for shaping the brand into the diamond it is today. But one such milestone was when Oscar Engelbert took the reins of the business ten years ago.
As one of the fourth generation to run the family business, Oscar had a clear vision of how to advance and evolve Engelbert and, in 2013, Engelbert’s flagship store in Stockholm was opened, with interiors designed by interior architect Christian Halleröd.
Leaving a mark
Other watershed moments include successful launches at London’s Harrods and in various US locations – but it is also worth mentioning the significant part that Engelbert has played for Sweden’s jewellery heritage overall.
“The second generation of Engelbert, Stigbert Engelbert, was the man behind our now renowned design of rock crystals and bows. Despite no longer producing this particular design today, we still create pieces using rock crystals from our post-war stock,” explains Johanna Pietsch, Engelbert’s CEO. “It’s a lovely link back to those early days of the brand.”
Engelbert is solely focused on fine jewellery, which essentially translates to only using 18-karat gold and natural diamonds of the highest standard. The latter means sourcing diamonds from professional traders in line with the Kimberly Process, the global certification system which exists to protect and regulate the diamond trade.
Natural diamonds are incredibly rare and need to be handled with care and respect, before they can be turned into wearable jewellery to be loved for a lifetime. Engelbert produces a series of collections of this calibre, such the magnificent New York-66 collection celebrating the introduction of Engelbert in New York in 1966, which features grand golden links, hoops and striking dome rings.
The shape of Engelbert
Appointed in 1985, designer Thomas Carlsson has over 30 years’ experience creating magic for Engelbert and is known for his unique and organic designs. He works with a design team to translate ideas into beautiful finished products, which can be a slow and challenging process.
“Fine jewellery simply can’t be rushed,” says Pietsch. “It’s in Engelbert’s DNA for our pieces to be recognisable through organic and a somewhat living shape and form. Creating that takes time, especially since diamonds and gold are both very hard materials.”
Engelbert’s pieces are loved worldwide and have been worn by celebrities and big names like Adele, Kris Jenner, Bella Hadid and the Swedish royal family. The creations are tasteful and easy to wear, and are adored for their seamless simplicity.
“I also think that people appreciate the sense of calm about us – that no matter what competitors are doing, we always stay true to ourselves and our values of quality and tradition,” explains Pietsch.
An absolute bestseller, the Absolutely Knot collection is made up of rings, bangles and necklaces, all recognised for their distinctive twisted silhouette which represents love and continuity.
“I like to describe Absolutely Knot as the white shirt of the jewellery box, the everyday staple that goes with anything at any time,” says Pietsch. “These pieces also go beautifully with other Engelbert creations, thanks to our designer’s skill at creating new pieces that effortlessly complement one another.”
Tying the knot
Apart from striking collections of fine jewellery, Engelbert also offer an engagement and wedding-ring service. As with any creation, all rings are made in the brand’s Stockholm workshop, and all in line with Engelbert’s character. “Getting married is a special occasion and we’re delighted to be part of it by creating something that will hopefully be worn for life,” says Pietsch.
A sparkling future
Come June, Engelbert will be introduced at the reputable Bergdorf Goodman in New York. And to mark this extraordinary occasion, special earrings have been created. It will be memorable without a doubt, and yet another milestone for this prominent Scandinavian jewellery house.
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