Finding inspiration in the forests of Finland, Elina Mäntylä, the artist behind Valona Design, uses birch wood to create hanging crystals and intricate jewellery. Reminiscent of the traditional ‘himmeli’ folk decorations, they make for perfect gifts this Christmas. In all Mäntylä’s designs, light is key. Her birch crystals appear to glow, while her earrings and necklaces glisten like morning dew. This vital element is duly honoured in the name of her company, Valona Design, with ‘valona’ coming from the Finnish word for light. Inspired by traditional Finnish Christmas ornaments known as ‘himmeli’, Mäntylä’s delicate hanging crystals would bring some Nordic chic to your festive decorations.

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