The Artisans Story


Biography

A craftsman and designer at his core, Mikkel Brøgger began his training as a goldsmith in the classical tradition of an artisan's apprentice. As an apprentice in some of the finest ateliers in Denmark, he spent his formative years mastering his skills in fine jewelry, silversmithing, and goldsmithing. Mikkel’s high level of achievement is recognized by the Danish Craft Association “Award for Excellence” in jewelry design, presented by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Most recently, Mikkel was honored to be inducted into the venerable Copenhagen Goldsmith Guild, founded in 1429.

Mikkel honed his skills in the United States, assisting in the Ted Muehling studio, creating fine jewelry and objects for Steuben, Lobmeyr, and Nymphenburg. As a lifelong learner, he continued his education by participating in masterclasses in jewelry and industrial design at the Pratt Institute, fine art at the Parsons New School for Design, jewelry rendering at Fashion Institute of Technology, workshops at Haystack School of Craft in Maine and certificate coursework at the famous Van Cleef & Arpels L'École des Arts Joailliers in Paris.

In 2014 Mikkel practiced his knowledge of antique and vintage jewelry at Doyle and Doyle, covering the periods of Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro, and Mid-Century styles. Among a talented team of jewelry historians and appraisers, he handled high-end clients and challenging repairs with fragile and sensitive materials. Mikkel still actively visit auctions, estate sales, and exclusive galleries scouting for private collectors.

Additionally, Mikkel has been approached to develop and work on projects for established jewelry companies like Georg Jensen (2011), David Yurman (2013), and Venessa Arizaga (2015).

In 2004, Mikkel Brøgger launched his eponymous jewelry line, which is currently sold in selected locations in Europe and the United States.

Mikkel’s jewelry line is inspired by the shapes of the natural world around him, whether the patinied colors of Copenhagen, sharp lines of New York’s architecture, or the graceful curves of stones worn down by the Danish sea. Working in precious metals and gemstones, Mikkel handcrafts his jewelry to create a sensual, yet sentimental experience for the wearer, combining aspects of modern luxury, glamorous elegance, and classical, even historical sophistication. His subtle use of color and form, his highly styled and structural aesthetic, his use of precious gems and simple stones, and his genuine, visceral love of fine jewelry has created a growing following.

Mikkel is a craftsman, an artisan, an artist, and a lover of history. He is as likely to be found at the workbench as he is to be walking the beach, or touring a medieval fortress. He finds beauty, and inspiration, wherever his wonderlust takes him.  Mikkel lives life, traveling often to the cities of Europe, as well as the beaches of Scandinavia, soaking up culture and history as a sponge takes water.
Mikkel often creates one-of-a-kind pieces for clients. His process exemplifies his love of fine jewelry as well as his intuitive nature and love of people. Recent project include masculine hand formed rings crafted in silver with black diamonds for a hardcore skater, an over-the-top cocktail ring inspired by the seaside garden of a Danish noblewoman, natural cut stone earrings for Nantucket socialites, a large structural engagement ring in gold, diamonds and sapphires for an award-winning Danish actress, and a romantic engagement ring fashioned in 22K gold with rubies and diamonds for a Swiss doctor.
The joy of making jewelry is unique because of the innate emotional value of each piece. Jewelry is not just an object to wear or admire, to be gifted or cherished as a personal treasure. Jewelry is an expression of love, style, tradition, history, and heritage. I describe my collections as fine handcrafted jewelry, but more accurately they are “Small Sentimental Things”.  

The Craftsmanship

Mikkel Brøgger wants to acknowledge and stay true to the artisan. Therefore, all jewelry and art pieces are handcrafted by him and his small team of skilled craftsman. Mr. Brøgger has spent many years building personal relationship with the most exclusive gem dealers, making it possible to fulfill any dream you desire, and to provide research on the origin of the stones.
Mikkel Brøgger works in his atelier in Copenhagen and studio in New York, where he renders designs, carves models in wax, and hand forms and shapes his treasures.
Step by step every piece is crafted with care and exceptional craftsmanship - models are cast, gemstones are cut, silver is raised, settings are built, and pearls are strung.  The final pieces are polished and have texture applied or plated.  
When we write handmade, we mean it. We honor the ancient traditions of crafting fine jewelry and the artisans who dedicate their lives making to this art.
 

Heritage, history, logo

Mikkel Brøgger’s family dates back to 1463 and descends from one of Denmark’s oldest noble families the 'Ølve Slægten' after the nobleman Junker Mickel Øvli.
It is from this medieval family crest of the Øvle Family that his his logo originates with simple lines drawn from the seal.