Shamballa Jewels was founded by Mads & Mikkel Kornerup who both had a burning desire to revolutionise men’s jewellery. And they have done just that since the beginning in 2005. Shamballa Jewels is founded upon ancient Eastern philosophies and traditions and strong Nordic design, craft and business traditions. It is not easy being an independently held company which at the same time is the brand with the most copied menswear jewellery design in the world.
But a strong faith, a die-hard willingness to do things differently, and courage to challenge the established jewellery industry have made Shamballa Jewels stand the test of time. Their latest design, the Flip Cuff, just won best men’s jewellery piece at the Couture Show in Las Vegas – which only goes to show that the brothers are far from done introducing new and exciting jewellery to a fiercely competitive industry.
Our guiding star, our spiritual and moral compass which inspires us in everything we do. We look to the Star of Shamballa for inspiration and we feel its power when strength is needed. The Star of Shamballa is a graphic version of a double Dorje – an ancient Buddhist symbol and artefact that has been part of our journey since the beginning. The Dorje is associated with many myths and legendary tales as it is considered the ultimate tool when capturing the ultimate source of energy: Lightning.
You can say it is the Buddhist version of Thor’s Hammer from Nordic mythology. Legend has it that the Dorje represents the thunderstroke of lightning which leaves humans in a state of enlightenment in the ultimate sense. Once truly enlightened, humans can detach themselves from love, food and even life itself. We consider the Dorje a pivotal part of our DNA which is why we have incorporated it into our logo, the Star of Shamballa, so that it can guide us throughout life.