Torun Bangle
Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe and Pablo Picasso
ICON: Georg Jensen's Torun Bangle
by Rachel Haslam

Well before daisy chains, bondage cuffs, Marilyn’s diamonds in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or even wrapping tattoo chokers round our wrists, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe was a big deal. Even for an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1962, Torun stood out from the crowd despite creating something she supposedly disliked – voilà her very first wristwatch, the Vivianna Bangle Watch, produced by Georg Jensen that shot her to the top of the jewellery-making game. A few years later, having said she didn’t want to design jewellery for women to wear in private, coupled with the fact that she became one of Sweden’s most important 20th century silversmiths, her work with Georg Jensen culminated in the classically functional and striking Torun Bangle as part of her namesake collection. These days, of course, Torun’s bangle is still as in demand as fibre optic WiFi connection; and there’s nothing more qualified to dress you to the nines when you’re attending a birthday luncheon or celebratory gala. After all, the bangle bestows all the confidence of professional stage actress to its wearer: Understated but luxurious, delicate but secure, feminine but masculine, and most of all, designed to be shown off.