OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN was established in 1963 by goldsmith and fine jewellery designer Ole Lynggaard. Charlotte Lynggaard joined the family run company in 1992.
The spirit of Charlotte Lynggaard’s exquisite jewellery designs is sophisticated, feminine and modern. Charlotte has developed a unique trademark in her designs, which is characterized by an elegant and rough yet sensual look.
We met with the 50 year old iconic jewellery designer to hear about her passion for fine jewellery and her family.
What is your profession?
Goldsmith, Jewellery Designer & Creative Director at OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN
Why did you choose to become a jewellery designer?
It was the creative field that inspired me the most when choosing my career path. Ever since I was a little girl I always used my hands a lot, sewing, knitting, cooking and drawing. After high school I was in doubt whether I wanted to become a goldsmith, work within commercial PR or pursue a career in fashion. I went to Paris and was lucky entering a PR agency specializing in jewellery brands; here I realized I could combine many of my interests and my passion for jewellery and craftsmanship, by entering my father’s company and the decision was clear to me.
Describe a perfect day for you?
I like that each day is different, and therefore numerous things can make a day perfect for me. I love to spend time with my family, take long walks in the nature, visit museums and see exhibitions, travel to exciting places, stand in the kitchen for hours and cook a good meal for my children and all their friends or all our family and friends…or everybody at once! I love it when our house is full of children, friends and family.
Do you have something you can’t live without?
My family, my jewellery and my sketching books.
What do you dream about?
To continue working side-by-side with my family and expanding our family business internationally with the aim to make women feel beautiful and unique.
What would your occupation be if you weren’t a jewellery designer?
I would definitely still work with something where I could work with my hands and my creativity.
Do you have a crazy habit?
Bringing my notebook anywhere I go. Thoughts, ideas and sketches must be jotted down immediately. That way I can keep them and return to them when the time is right.
Describe the design DNA of OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN?
To design personalized & flexible jewellery that uses only the highest quality of metals and gemstones. We create timeless jewellery for everyday and not just for special occasions. Therefore our designs offer versatility and are passed down through generations. Most of our jewellery is produced at our workshop north of Copenhagen where we work closely with our 45 goldsmiths in handcrafting our unique designs.
An example is the LEAVES collection as it truly manifests our passion and tradition for craftsmanship. The hand-satinised surface that is achieved by an old and time-honoured technique that requires great precision and attention to detail, the organic shape, the reference to nature, and the fact that you can see that it is a collection that derives from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN – these are all elements that encapsulate our DNA, our proud traditions and our passion for the crafts and it is a great pleasure being able to express all this with one collection or a piece of jewellery.
What is your must-have jewellery?
All my designs are equally dear to me as they all have different meanings and each of them tell a story and represent different times of my life. I think every woman should have a piece of jewellery that has an important meaning to her, something that makes her feel beautiful and unique – whether it is a ring or a beautiful pendant – something with a meaning. If it has a meaning to you, it will always stand out and become a natural part of your outfit, because you will always wear it with pride and elegance.
What is your biggest achievement in your jewellery career?
Being able to work with what I love and together with my family is definitely a daily achievement that I am very happy and grateful about.
And it is naturally always a great highlight and honour seeing our Crown Princess Mary wearing OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN jewellery. It makes me very proud and she wears it so beautifully.
In 2008, OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN was appointed Purveyor to the Danish Royal Court.
Visit Charlotte’s infatuating universe of fine jewellery here.