Björn Weckström, the designer behind Finnish brand Lapponia's unique aesthetic, received a call from George Lucas's secretary. Lucas was in the market for silver statement jewellery for what would be the first Star Wars movie.

Lucas needed the piece ready within 6 weeks. Lucas, who was not known in Finland, told his team to explain to Weckström that the film would have themes of space and science fiction.

A pair of 1960s 18ct gold cufflinks. Each designed as a textured, undulating panel, with grooved and openwork detail. Maker's marks for Lapponia and Björn Weckström. Import marks for London, 1969 A pair of 1960s 18ct gold cufflinks. Each designed as a textured, undulating panel, with grooved and openwork detail. Maker's marks for Lapponia and Björn Weckström. Import marks for London, 1969

Weckström started to work on sketches for a necklace, but his work was soon interrupted when Lucas' secretary contacted him again. There had been a change in the filming sequence of the scenes, and the piece would need to be ready in a week.

With Weckström explaining that this was an impossible task, the designer suggested Lucas looked through Lapponia's current collection. With filming taking place in Elstree studios, Lucas' team visited a Bond Street retailer to check out the collection. A piece was selected, but which remained a mystery to Weckström until the film's premiere in Finland in December 1977.

princess_Leia Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) wearing Planetoid Valleys necklace by Lapponia Jewelry. Photo © Lucasfilm Ltd

The scene which made the necklace famous was the medal-giving scene in which Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, awards Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) medals. Fisher can be seen wearing the Planetoid Valleys and Darina's Bracelet from Lapponia's Space Silver collection which was designed by Weckström in 1969.

the_heroes Princess Leia with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

However, the sudden halt on his design work at the beginning of the project played heavy on Weckström's creative conscious. He returned to his original sketches, and developed his ideas further whenever he had time off from other projects. From these original drawings, The Poema necklace was created in a limited series during the 1990's. The Planetoid Valleys and Darina's Bracelet are still available in Lapponia's collection today.. Have a closer look here

The 18ct gold Lapponia cufflinks featured in this article are part of Fellows Antique & Modern Jewellery sale on 9th March, 2017. Check out the catalogue here.

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