Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland
Gallery of unique designs
Welcome to my gallery of some unique and custom made pieces of jewellery. Please leave a request if you are interested in a certain piece!
Lingon Design is all about standing out. Just like the red lingonberries in the forest.
The designer and goldsmith Lina Simons has been creating jewellery and everyday tools since 1993. With a simple but distinct language she has made herself a name in Nordic jewellery design.
– My best ideas are born when I wander in nature. And I love walking in the archipelago looking for treasures that have been washed ashore by the sea. Those are environments that inspire me to create unique jewellery. By unique I mean that every piece must have a personal idea, which is expressed through the design.
Lingon Design is based in Helsinki. We work with our own collections as well as in partnerships, with for example Kalevala, the legendary Finnish jewellery brand, and Suunto, manufacturer of world-renowned watches and precision instruments. All our jewellery is made in Finland, and we strive to work with recycled silver and gold.
– Any kind of design should be developed in harmony with sustainable development. Therefore Lingon Design offers jewellery that is timeless. My hope is that my creations are passed down through generations, says Lina Simons.
We donate 4% of all sales to help to save the Baltic Sea. Read more about how we donate.
Interview with Lina (in Finnish) in Kello & Kulta magazine 2021
Lina Simons - Design Career
"Sun Lion" (Aurinkoleijona) Amulet for Kalevala
I had the honor of designing a necklace for the Lyran choir members to mark the choir's 75th anniversary
Designing three amulets for the Kalevala's brand new Amulet collection: "Sailor's knot" (Osmansolmu), Teljä Maiden (Teljänneito) and St. Johns Arm braze (Hannunvaaakuna)
Exhibition "Änglamark" at Lokal+ in Helsinki. Arranging and participating with a new jewellery collection.
”Cross of light” (Valonristi) cross pendant in silver for Kalevala
”Cross of light” (Valonristi) cross charm in gold for Kalevala
”Hetki yhdessä”, jewellery collection for Kalevala Jewelry. Exclusively sold by Kultajousi
”Moments” necklace, exclusively designed for the #oursea campaign, launched by Moomin Characters together with the John Nurminen Foundation to mark Moomins' 75th birthday in 2020
Pink Ribbon necklace 2019 (Lucky Pearl/Onnenhelmi) for Kalevala
Award pin for The Finnish Society for Nature and Environment (Natur och miljö)
“New Dawn” (Sarastus) necklace and earrings for a gift set by the two Finnish companies, Kalevala Jewelry and Lumi: a leather jewelry pouch by Lumi, containing the necklace which is made by Kalevala Jewelry
“Four-leaf Clover” (Neliapila) charm in gold, for Kalevala Jewelry
“Encounters” (Kohdataan) pendant for Kalevala Jewelry, launched for Valentine’s day
My jewellery “Lingon” was chosen for the Design Delivered-by Wolt project during Helsinki Design Week
“Lucky Pearl” (Onnenhelmi) collection for Kalevala Jewelry
Design and production of the “Lucia” silver bracelet for the Folkhälsan association. I was given the assignment of re-interpreting the Folkhälsan’s logo of Lucia into a piece of jewellery. The logo was originally designed by Mervi Laakso
"Four-Leaf Clover" (Neliapila) charm for a Baby Ring /Kalevala Jewelry
"Four-Leaf Clover" (Neliapila) pendant for Kalevala Jewelry
Design and production of the “Majblomman” silver bracelet for the Folkhälsan association. I was given the assignment of re-interpreting the Folkhälsan’s logo of “Majblomman” into a piece of jewellery
The charm "Precious Sunshine" (Päivänsäde, Kalevala Jewelry) was chosen by Suomen Kätilöliitto ry to be the official necklace for the 200th jubilee year. The charm got its own gemstone: a dark blue Spinel
"Precious Sunshine" (Päivänsäde) for Kalevala Jewelry. The charm has two gemstones to choose from: A red Rhodolite or a light blue Topaz, depending on the gender of the child
Design of the silver compass pendant “Guiding Star” for the Finnish company Suunto. The necklace has a working compass inserted. I designed the graphic design of the compass as well, where the north symbol is a Polaris star
“Four-Leaf Clover “ (Neliapila) christian spoon for Kalevala Jewelry
One of the winners in Kalevala Jewelry's “My Saaga” (Saaga nr 6846/3) by public vote
One of the winners in Kalevala Jewelry's “My Saaga” (Saaga nr 6841/4) by public vote
Jewellery exhibition “Insideout”, Axxell Academy's 20th anniversary exhibition. Participating with the “Unfold”, necklace
Shared first price in a design competition, arranged by Kalevala Jewelry, with the Amelie necklace (the original name of the necklace was "Pian")
Jewellery exhibition “Meddelanden”, arranged by Pro Artibus in Tammisaari, Finland . Participating with three necklaces: “Helene”, “Pian” and “Elli”
Designing and creating the official necklace for the Lucia maiden, arranged by Folkhälsan
Honourable mention in ”Tahto ja taito” handcraft competition, arranged by Paulig and Design Forum with my silver button collection, inspired by African masks
Education / work in goldsmithing
Founded Lingon Design Oy Ab, my new brand and company
One-year work scholarship from Svenska kulturfonden
Further studies in goldsmithing at Axxell, Tammisaari, Finland. Exam in may 2015
2007 - 2020
Work at Kalevala Jewelry (Kalevala koru Oy) as a goldsmith as well as in the surface treatment section
Finlands konstindustri (Applied art of Finland), 2 sv, fortbildningscentralen vid Åbo Akademi University
Establishing my own jewellery workshop in Helsinki and starting my own business "Lina Simons Design"
Practising in goldsmithing in Jörgen Christian Juul’s (master of goldsmith) studio, Stjørdal, Norway
Gold- and silversmithing studies, Lahden käsi- ja taideteollisuusoppilaitos
Studies in metal handcraft, Ekenäs hantverks- och konstindustriskola
Art studies, Västra Nylands folkhögskola