Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Today we visit Denmark's Botanical Garden and Natural History Museum, which houses over 23,000 plants from every corner of the world including the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, Norway, and Denmark. Denmark is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Susanne Friis Bjorner.

Copenhagen's trendy Pandora charm jewelry is not the only popular jewelry style to come from the city.

Having made Brazil a place to call home--a country renowned for its extraordinary gemstones--it comes as no surprise that Bjorner became a gemologist.

Her professional journey would not stop there.  For several years she successfully, and anonymously, designed jewelry for a number of jewelry companies. By 1991, she decided to branch out on her own establishing her company Susanne Friis Bjorner.

Having pursued a legal education Bjorner's daughter, Benedicte, enjoyed following high-fashion trends in her spare time. Offering her mother assistance in setting up the company would prove fateful. Benedicte discovered she could not resist becoming a part of her mother's journey.

Working as a team, Susanne and Benedicte design baubles inspired by Copenhagen, worldwide travels, art, and fashion.

The Bjorners strive to create eye-catching, standout jewelry featuring a spectrum of gemstones that include ethereal, clear diamonds; powerful Mediterranean blue topaz and orange carnelian; as well as pastel crystals.

The vibrant stones are set in designs fashioned from 14-karat and 24-karat gold vermeil, sterling silver and 18-karat gold.

The beautiful jewelry is popular in Asia, the United States, and Scandinavia, and has been featured in layouts for Woman and Cosmopolitan magazines.


Photo 1 (top right): Gold Plated Five-Ring Earrings with Rose Quartz
Photo 2 (bottom left): Gold Plated Locket Pendant with Smoky Quartz
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