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Sri Lanka: The Island of Gems

Sri Lanka is a country that is truly near and dear to our hearts at Anpé Atelier Cph. This is where Anpé founder, Line Jacobsen’s journey within the fine jewellery began. Line travelled to Sri Lanka in 2015 and became inspired by the astounding, colorful way of life of the small island country. Everything from vibrant houses, clothing, and food, to colorful temples, markets, nature and most importantly, gemstones.

Sri Lanka has an intense and rich history surrounding gemstones, and was once known as “Ratna-Dweepa,” meaning Gem Island. It is estimated that the island’s gem trading history dates back 3,000 years. Marco Polo even wrote that the island had the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems in the world. 

“I want you to understand that the island of Ceylon is, for its size, the finest island in the world, and from its streams come Rubies, Sapphires, Topazes, Amethysts and Garnets.” Marco Polo, 1292

Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast of India, and was known as Ceylon after it was colonized by the British in 1796. Still to this day, Sri Lanka is one of the finest sources for sapphires and other gemstones in the world. 

Some of the rarest sapphires come from Sri Lanka, such as padparadscha, blue ceylon sapphire, yellow sapphire, and color changing sapphires. 

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Sri Lankan Sapphires

Padparadscha

Padparadscha are mainly found in Sri Lanka, although there are some deposits located in Madagascar and Tanzania. Some experts insist that only true padparadscha come from Sri Lanka, as for centuries it was the only mine source for these rare stones. The term “padparadscha” is derived from the Sinhalese word for an aquatic lotus blossom, which has an unusual salmon color. Most of these stones have a beautiful color mix of orange and pink.

Blue Ceylon Sapphire

Any sapphire that is sourced from Sri Lanka is technically a Ceylon sapphire. Blue ceylon sapphires, however, are especially special due to their highly desired rich blue color with a high luster. These sapphires have been used in many royal jewellery collections throughout history and give a traditional and classic air to the jewellery they are set in.

Yellow Sapphire

Interestingly enough, 98% of high gem quality yellow sapphires come from Sri Lanka. These gems have a wide range of saturation and tones, ranging from light canary to an ultra golden tone. Yellow sapphires can be found in other countries, however they generally harbor heavy secondary color tones.

Color-Changing Sapphire

Color-changing sapphires will show one color in fluorescent lighting and another color in incandescent lighting. It’s almost like owning two stones in one! Most color-change sapphires come from Sri Lanka and Tanzania, with new material being produced recently in Madagascar as well. The color change intensity varies from stone to stone. 

Anpé People – Anna Winck

Introducing Anna Winck

Any nicknames? Wincken!

Occupation? Freelance stylist and content creator. 

3 things that describes you? Always close to laughter,  believer in love and a bit anxious. 

3 things that describes your style? Vintage, color and childish. 

Any guilty pleasures? Swedish chocolate Lindt and toast with loooads of butter, cheese and sea salt. 

What have made you the most proud? When my sister left her husband to be, after she caught him being unfaithful. My sister is my everything. Ever since our dad passed away, when we were 8 and 10 years old, we have literally grown together. My sister and her husband had just bought their dream house and were getting married the next month. We had the dress and everything was planned for the rest of their lives. If you end up in a situation like that, everyone think, the solution is obvious. But it’s not – you’re giving up your “life”, as you know it. 

At what times are you the most happy? When I’m with my friends, drinking coffee for hours, laughing – and when I’m with my family, having dinner and feeling safe.

You have rapidly become immensely popular on the Scandinavian fashion scene – what makes you stand out? I honestly have NO idea. Maybe it’s my “tattooed” style – it seems to create a massive interest from my followers. I’m super grateful for all the love I’ve received in such short time. 

How are you keeping sane and happy in a crazy time of COVID-19? I’m out power walking a lot, and I go for a morning swim every single day. I try to make the most of every “little” situation of the day.  Like making every cup of coffee in the morning special. And I’m reading loads books and enjoying crosswords. 

Anna Winck on Style

What is your go to key items? Acupressure mat, sunglasses and face/hand lotion. 

What item in your wardrobe do you use the most? My oversized blue blazer. 

Have you always been so colorful? Yes! My colorful vintage style started already at the age of 14-15 years old. 

What is the inspiration behind your style? I get a bit inspired by everything and everyone, I guess – it might be a cliché, but it’s true. My inspiration comes from cartoons, any movie at all (Pretty woman), magazines, and of course my favourite inspiring girls on Instagram, Hanna MW, Blanca Miro, Anna Sarlvit, Simone Noa Hedal, Reese Blutstein and Courtney Trop.

How would you describe your aesthetic? I would say my aesthetic is all-sided and versatile. I like the Forrest Gump quote: “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know, what you’re gonna get”. One day I’m dressed as a school girl, another day I’m all in for oversized sweatpants and hoodie, the third day wearing pencil skirt and scarf. 

What is your favourite color to wear? Green. No blue! Or pink, Ahhh I can’t choose. 

If you were a color, which one would you be? Pink! 

What is your advice in terms of being more courageous with colors?I would start with small things. Maybe a colorful accessorizing. A ring, earring or maybe necklace. A hairclip.

Anna Winck on Jewellery

What are your tips for starting your fine jewellery collection? I love fine jewellery, and if you feel the same, I would start saving little bits here and there – maybe to buy a beautiful ring from you to you. Also look for vintage jewellery pieces in solid gold, maybe something from your grandparents, that has a special meaning. Then start stacking. I love the idea of being a collector. And it’s so nice to relate a type of jewellery to a birthday, special day or special person in your life. 

What are your tips for styling your jewellery? I LOVE the mix between feminine and masculine jewellery. I love to have chunky bracelets combined with a feminine diamond ring. I think that’s what is making each and every piece of my jewellery stand out. 

What do you look for when picking out jewellery? Every morning I put on all of my rings and – depending on what mood I’m in – I go from there. Do I feel happy and colorful today? If yes, then I go with my playful and quirky rings combined with my favourite Anpé rings.

Do you always go for the same style, when it comes to jewellery or do you like mixing different styles? I love to mix feminine and masculine jewellery. I really think it goes so nicely together.  

Why did you choose Anpé as your fine jewellery brand? It was actually really love at first sight. Anpé is just as colorful as me, so the brand feels like a match made in heaven to me. I love to find a small fine jewellery brand like Anpé, and it feels so much more special to wear jewellery from a small brand instead of the obvious big brands. 

How do you style your Anpé pieces? The more the merrier. I’m always wearing my 2 Sarah Lil Pink and Green mix together with my customized Hima Ayis green ring. And I’m dreaming of adding the Josephine ring to the collection one day. 

Why did you choose these specific Anpé pieces? My customized green ring means so much to me. I got it as my “single ring”, and it symbolizes the strength I had after getting out of a not so great relationship. I felt strong on my own for the first time in my life. For the Sarah Lil Pink and Green I absolutely love the combination of simplicity and beauty mixed in these delicate rings. 

Anna Winck on Copenhagen

What are some of your favourite things about Copenhagen?That people are so super friendly. The fashion. The te-birkes. Always close to a wine-stop. Everything in Copenhagen and Denmark is HYGGE! 

What are your favourite spots in Copenhagen? Lille Bakery. Sonny Cph, Apollo, Beau Marche!

What are some of your favourite Danish fashion brands? Stine Goya, Hosbjerg, Resume Cph, Cecilie Bahnsen, Saks Potts and Ganni.  

Any exciting upcoming projects? A very exciting design collab with a colorful Copenhagen based fine jewellery brand 😉 

Check out Anna’s amazing daily colorsplashes here.

Meet Line – the head designer and founder of Anpé Atelier

 

Anpé Atelier was founded in 2017, and as you may have noticed, the brand is all about colors. The idea of founding a jewellery brand took its baby steps in 2015 after a travel to Sri Lanka, where I fell completely in love with Sri Lanka’s colorful take on life – the eminent colorful lifestyle from houses, spices and textiles to colorful temples, mosques, markets and nature.

Sri Lanka combines a casual lifestyle surrounded by a permanent colorsplash so amazing – and so different from Scandinavia, where I am born and raised.

And this was also where I really got to learn about one of Sri Lankas biggest and most beautiful trademarks and commodities: the colorful sapphires.

From lawyer to jewellery designer

However, it wasn’t really in the cards for me, that I would end up as a jewellery designer. I have a master in law and was admitted to the bar as a lawyer and worked as such for more than 7 years, before realizing it wasn’t the right path for me.

I have always had a creative nerve and spark, that couldn’t be invoked working as a lawyer – even though being a lawyer was never completely wrong, it wasn’t completely right either. Something was missing – something creative and colorful, but for so many years it was rather difficult for me to pinpoint, what exactly was missing.

I supplemented my lawyer-life with loads of creative elements, such as the most cosy and nice position as fashion editor at a small Danish magazine, running a fashion blog and always having a pipeline of creative projects running. But it wasn’t until I travelled to Sri Lanka, that I finally realised where to I should channel my inner creative nerd.

Sri Lankas colorful world of sapphires 

Seeing all these amazing sapphires and the wonderful colorful world that surrounded them, gave me an idea to somehow find a way to create something of my own. The meeting with Sri Lanka made a huge impact on me and gave me countless of inspirational thoughts and ideas, as well. I couldn’t really let go of the colorful world and the quirky color combinations. It was after this trip, and seeing the behind the scenes of the gem trade that I realized I wanted to start my own jewellery brand.

I’ve always had a passion for creativity, fashion and the creation of beautiful things – and I have a special love for Scandinavian simplistic design. So the idea of fusing the colorful and magical East with the clean and minimalistic lines of Scandinavia came to life, and Anpé Atelier was born.

I spent 2 years on designing and sketching on Anpé-styles and working as a lawyer full time, before I launched Anpé Atelier. Six months after launching the brand I quit my job as a lawyer, and I haven’t looked back ever since.

Anpé Atelier visions and love

Anpé Atelier is my biggest passion and the apple of my eye – I love being part of your big and small jewellery dreams, and it gives me the biggest joy and pride to be involved in some of the happiest moments of my customers lives.

Therefor I love working closely together with my customers to make their jewellery dreams come true. Every design can be created in a different color or gold material than displayed. I love customizations and bespoke pieces– whether it is from scratch or based on one of my existing designs.

One of my major focusses is to bring color into people’s lives – and in a sustainable, ethical way. Therefor I handpickall our bigger gemstones, where the majority come directly from the mines. The gemstones are mainly from mines in Sri Lanka and Madagascar owned by one of my very close collaborators – in this way I can secure, that the gemstones are ethically mined and under good conditions for the people working there.

You’re always welcome to contact me to order, customize or book a meeting <3

 

Written by Line Jacobsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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