Our expression pulls ancient art out of the past, whispering it back to live again with the promise that modern times still needs their story.
Ravengaard creates a unique line of jewelry that harkens back to the myths and legends of ancient Scandinavia, while firmly anchored in a contemporary setting.
A life of wandering
Attendee of classical jewelry design with a master in cultural communication, spending four years of his youth living in different parts of Denmark, and from this in his adulthood gifted with firm friendships t in all the major parts of the country; Mathias Vidas Olsen’s life has been far from ordinary. But a life lived with stories, is a life well remembered.
Through his wandering Mathias learned how a small country still could be filled with vast expanses of variety, not only in landscape but also in human characters. As time went by, he learned that what unites people in Denmark is the connection not only to the present-day landscape, but the connection to a landscape that itself stretches across time; a landscape that is brimming with the stories of people throughout the ages.
Here in Denmark you can find runestones in remembrance of people who died in forgotten wars thousands of years ago. In Denmark we know the local stories and legends and by traversing the Danish landscape, young Mathias learned to understand that what makes a country is not its borders, it is not even the people who inhabits the country; it is the stories we tell about ourselves – about our country. The identity of the people is in the stories.
Home is where you hang your hat
After educating himself in a vast array of fields, including and not limiting to; gemology, sociology and cultural analysis and the art of shaping and molding precious metal, Mathias returned to Copenhagen; his place of birth.
This was not long after founding what would become Ravengaard Jewelry in the small town of Odense, named after the old god, Odin. Home at last, with a sense of ease and rest Mathias started to expand and work on the future of Ravengaard Jewelry.
Jewelry that tells your story
Focus of the company is on the idea of creating jewelry which are an extension of you, the wearer. Jewelry that signifies and tells a story about you and where you came from; a monument to your origins. Forged and created with a tactile touch that involves and appeals to all senses.
With his background in culture studies and jewelry design Mathias started combining his different experiences and expertise into one solid constellation: the idea of creating jewelry that is rooted in the mythological aesthetics of pre-Christian Scandinavia but done in a way that brings the pieces into a modern contemporary setting.
Armed with his self-taught abilities in 3D modelling complex and precise figures Mathias started learning all he could about the form and function of ancient Scandinavian art. With his competence in the field of cultural analysis and cultural communication he started creating art that could have been.
Today Ravengaard creates a unique line of jewelry that harkens back to the myths and legends of ancient Scandinavia, while firmly anchored in a contemporary setting. Jewelry which are worn and desired by both Danish actors and singer song writers. Pieces which are sought after by archeologists and museums alike because of their closeness to the originals.
All of this because of Mathias meticulous eye for details and ability to pull the old stories back into life. This is ancient modern jewelry at its peak. All there is left to say is welcome to Ravengaard, where thought and memory fly low and blackened wings tell stories that are shaped into solid form.