Scan Magazine, Issue 105, October 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  Bøge SmykkeDesign

Bøge SmykkeDesign – jewellery with a story Goldsmith Henrik Bøge Sørensen has been dedicated to his craft since the age of eight. Through immense hard work, he has mastered difficult techniques and produces something inimitable in each of his creations – a trait that has brought joy to jewellery lovers through generations. By Mette Hindkjær Madsen  |  Photos: Bøge SmykkeDesign

“One of my first long words was ‘didamant’, trying to talk about the big diamond ring my grandfather used to wear. He was a freemason and not shy about wearing fancy rings and diamonds. I was always attracted to those sparkly things,” remembers Henrik Bøge Sørensen, owner of Bøge SmykkeDesign. “Since I was eight, my wish was to become a goldsmith. Back then, my craft consisted of breastplates for my action figures. Growing up way out in the countryside, I developed a love for fixing things in the workshop, and doll accessories turned into jewellery creation.” What started as a fascination with diamonds turned into a jewellery business, which Sørensen created and has been running for more than seven years – though he sees it as more of a lifestyle than a business. His home and workshop 14  |  Issue 105  |  October 2017

are an extension of each other, so he is close to the valuable creations and can jump in to work whenever the inspiration and impulse hit him – which is often in the middle of night. In his workshop, he forges everything from rings to bracelets, from earrings to necklaces – both completely new creations and antique heirlooms given new life. Imagination is the limit – and his imagination has played a great role his success. “My favourite part is the personal contact I have with my customers. Whether they’re looking for a piece for themselves or for a special someone, we always talk about the person who is to wear the jewellery. I want the final product to have special meaning to them. Sometimes that is visible in the design; sometimes it’s in their consciousness. Finding out

how to bring that personal element into the design and making it completely unique is always interesting. There’s no recipe for it; each time the inspiration comes from something different. And that is both the most fun and the most difficult part,” says Sørensen. Unlike other goldsmiths, Sørensen is not afraid to share his work process, because no one can replicate the distinctively detailed pieces he makes by hand. In fact, every customer receives photos of how their jewels were made, from start to finish.


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