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Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry

Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry

Geometric design brooch pin. Zircon, sterling silver. 1965. Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry

Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry
The largest precious metals companies in Turku operating in the 1960s and 1970s were Auran Kultaseppä, Kultateollisuus, Kupittaan Kulta, Turku Hopea, and more. There were also several smaller companies, many shops and workshops in the area. At its best, more than a thousand people worked in precious metals companies in Turku and won numerous international awards. One of these renowned companies was Kultasepät Salovaara (Kultasepät means goldsmith).
Finnish hereditary goldsmith Veikko Salovaara founded his family business Kultaseppa Salovaara in 1953 in Kaarina, neighbouring town of Turku. Among his ancestors, to name a few, were goldsmiths Markus Eliel Salovaara (1904 – 1993) and Armas Artturi Salovaara (November 19, 1883 – May 1, 1937).
Besides, most notable designers worked for the company, which in 1960-70s employed about one hundred silversmiths. One of them was Jorma Laine (1930-2002), who also worked for Hopea jewelry company. She signed her pieces with her name and added the company stamps. Noteworthy, Veikko Salovaara himself created his jewelry line under the name of Kalevi Sara.
Veikko Salovaara retired in 1988 and later sold his company.
Renowned and collectable, Salovaara handcrafted jewelry shows high quality and the use of silver, gold, bronze and natural gems. The marking includes the image of a Polar Bear on an Iceberg – the company’s logo, and traditional Finnish stamps. Among them – crown for Finland, letter and number for year (e.g. G7 for 1960, M7 – 1965, H7 – 1961, etc.), and the city mark for Turku.

Floral design pendant. 925 sterling silver, crystal. 2 cm

Floral design pendant. 925 sterling silver, rock crystal. 2 cm. 1960s

Traditional stamp includes Polar Bear on an iceberg, company's logo and word sterling

Traditional stamp includes Polar Bear on an iceberg, company’s logo and word sterling

Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry

Kultaseppa Salovaara vintage silver jewelry

Smokey quartz sterling silver pendant. 2.5 cm. 1970s

1970s sterling silver cornelian pendant. 4 cm

1970s sterling silver cornelian pendant. 4 cm

Amethyst sterling silver modernist design brooch. 5.7 cm. 1960s

Amethyst sterling silver modernist design brooch. 5.7 cm. 1960s

Art Deco cufflinks. Sterling silver. 1950s

Art Deco cufflinks. Sterling silver. 1950s

Blue amethyst modernist design sterling silver pendant. 4 cm

Blue amethyst modernist design sterling silver pendant. 4 cm

Chrysoprase sterling silver pendant. 4 cm. 1970s

Chrysoprase sterling silver pendant. 4 cm. 1970s

Circle pin. Sterling silver, onyx

Circle pin. Sterling silver, onyx

Cornelian sterling silver modernist design pendant. 1970s

Cornelian sterling silver modernist design pendant. 1970s

Geometric design pendant. Amethyst, sterling silver. 3.2 cm

Geometric design pendant. Amethyst, sterling silver. 3.2 cm

Modernist design rose quartz sterling silver pendant. 4 cm. 1972

Modernist design rose quartz sterling silver pendant. 4 cm. 1972

Pilgrim brooch. Silver, rauchtopaz. 4 cm. 1970s

Pilgrim brooch. Silver, rauchtopaz. 4 cm. 1970s

Quartz sterling silver geometric design pendant. 1970

Quartz sterling silver geometric design pendant. 1970

Rose quartz sterling silver pendant. 1970s

Rose quartz sterling silver pendant. 1970s

Smokey quartz sterling silver pendant. 5.5 cm. 1962

Smokey quartz sterling silver pendant. 5.5 cm. 1962

Teardrop shaped sterling silver cornelian pendant

Teardrop shaped sterling silver cornelian pendant

Tiger eye sterling silver modernist design pendant. 1960s

Tiger eye sterling silver modernist design pendant. 1960s

Triangle shaped pendant. Sterling silver, tiger eye stone. 1970s

Triangle shaped pendant. Sterling silver, tiger eye stone. 1970s

Vintage tiger eye sterling silver geometric design pendant. 1970s

Vintage tiger eye sterling silver geometric design pendant. 1970s

Floral rose design bronze pendant. 4.8 cm. 1970s

Floral rose design bronze pendant. 4.8 cm. 1970s. Kalevi Sara

Kalevi Sara brand

According to sources, Veikko Salovaara himself created his jewelry line under the name of Kalevi Sara

Signature

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