Lapponia was founded by the collaboration of Pekka Antilla and designer, Björn Weckström. Their aim was to elevate jewelry as art form and in 1965 they took home the Grand Prix at the International Jewelry Contest in Rio de Janeiro. This gave them world recognition, but their next big moment gave them even more, when in 1977 Princess Leia wore the Panetoid Valleys necklace in Star Wars.

Ambassador V.P.Gatti presenting Björn Weckström
the Rio de Janeiro design competition prizes in 1965.