We also carry Lapponia in our store. The company name is Lapponia,
and it has been producing jewelry for 40 years. The main office and
factory are based in Helsinki, Finland. Not all of their jewelry is
organic looking, as they have four designers who have distinctive,
yet complementary styles. You probably are referring to the style of
Bjorn Weckstrom, who found his design inspiration in the natural
gold nuggets that he found in northern Finland.
I have never asked the company what the exact process is of their
finish, but I believe that the 18k is 24k plated, and the sterling is
plated in fine silver. We have had customers bring in Lapponia rings
that have been sized by other jewelers (we always send ours to
Lapponia), and the other jewelers can not duplicate their finish.
The silver shanks where they sized it is a darker silver, and it does
not match the top. I also think that the satin finish is achieved
with a wire texturing wheel, the kind that is sold from Gesswein. I
don’t know if they treat it with a lacquer. The jewelry
occasionally tarnishes in the case, but is easily restored to a
bright white with silver dip. It doesn’t tarnish as fast as
untreated sterling. You are correct, the finish is whiter than a
rhodium finish, and certainly doesn’t wear like one. The rings
scratch easily, and you learn to love the history that you put on
them, as it just adds character.
Lapponia has a web site www.lapponia.com You should visit it, and if
you have any further questions, they have an email address at the
site. It is a wonderful jewelry line, and I have found a lot of
inspiration from it. If anyone has the opportunity of looking at a
piece of this jewelry, you will find that it inspires jewelers in its
innovative design, the integration of findings into the design, and
the perfection of finish.
Jodi Johnson www.johnsonsjewelry.com