Pippi Longstocking’s 75th Year Is Marked with a New Jewelry Collection by Maria Nilsdotter

Laird Borrelli-Persson
<div class="caption"> Maria Nilsdotter photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Maria Nilsdotter photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment.
Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

Pippi Longstocking is celebrating her 75th birthday this year, but you’d never know it: that ragtag, pigtailed, freckle-faced Swede literally never ages. Nor does the appeal of “the strongest girl in the world” fade. “Pippi Longstocking was my girl,” Michelle Obama told The New York Times recently of the character created by Astrid Lindgren in 1945. “I loved her strength—not just her physical power, but the idea that she wouldn’t allow her voice to be diminished by anyone.”

<div class="caption"> Pippi pendant </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Pippi pendant
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

At the behest of the Lindgren estate the Swedish jeweler Maria Nilsdotter is expanding on Pippi’s legacy with a 20-piece collection in eco-silver that playfully builds on Longstocking iconography and message.

<div class="caption"> Swedish actress Hedda Stiernstedt photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Swedish actress Hedda Stiernstedt photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection.
Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Swedish journalist and television presenter Amie Bramme Sey photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Swedish journalist and television presenter Amie Bramme Sey photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection.
Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

It’s difficult to imagine a better candidate for this assignment—for reasons quite apart from the fact that Nilsdotter looks like she could have walked out of a fairy tale illustration by the famous Swedish painter John Bauer. Fantasy and fiction have always informed Nilsdotter’s work. These qualities are not just aesthetic, the designer can trace her fascination with imaginary worlds back to her childhood. “My mom is from the north of Sweden,” she says, where “there are these magical woods. I was always hoping fairy tale creatures, like trolls or dragons, would exist in those forests. It always stuck with me how imagination is a way of going into an open space.” When asked what her own most Pippi-like trait is, Nilsdotter replies: “making my own way.” She discovered jewelry making by accident during an art course, and fell in love with the craft because it gave her a place to channel her imagination and create little worlds as she did when she was small.

<div class="caption"> Swedish actress Nanna Blondell photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Swedish actress Nanna Blondell photographed in Astrid Lindgren’s apartment wearing pieces from Maria Nilsdotter’s Pippi jewelry collection.
Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> First Aid Kit, Klara and Johanna Söderberg </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
First Aid Kit, Klara and Johanna Söderberg
Photo: Angelina Bergenwall; hair and makeup, Alexander Landmark / Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

Nilsdotter has imagined Pippi, at 75, as a rebel girl with a bit of a punky style (hence the safety pin earrings). The pieces are designed to easily work into what you already own as well as to complement Nilsdotter’s existing body of work, which combines fairy tale magic with a sort of “everyday armor” functionality. “I think that even in these times when everything is so depressing and dark, it’s kind of empowering to put [jewelry] on that has that kind of connection to feelings,” she says. “Maybe it doesn’t have energy in itself, but when you charge it with your own emotions it becomes powerful.” Just like Pippi.

<div class="caption"> Silver Pippi earring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver Pippi earring
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> 18K-gold Pippi pendant on silver chain </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
18K-gold Pippi pendant on silver chain
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<div class="caption"> Gold-plated silver Mr. Nilsson earring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Gold-plated silver Mr. Nilsson earring
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<div class="caption"> Mr. Nilsson ring in oxidized silver and clear quartz </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Mr. Nilsson ring in oxidized silver and clear quartz
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<div class="caption"> Oxidized silver mini braid ring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Oxidized silver mini braid ring
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<div class="caption"> Silver Pippi braid ring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver Pippi braid ring
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Twisted earring in silver </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Twisted earring in silver
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<div class="caption"> Oxidized silver Pippi braid earring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Oxidized silver Pippi braid earring
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Silver weight necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver weight necklace
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<div class="caption"> Silver Pippi barbell necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver Pippi barbell necklace
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<div class="caption"> Pippi Strongest Girl in the World necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Pippi Strongest Girl in the World necklace
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<div class="caption"> Pippi Strongest Girl in the World ring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Pippi Strongest Girl in the World ring
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<div class="caption"> 18K -gold rebel earring </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
18K -gold rebel earring
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Silver rebel earrings </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver rebel earrings
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<div class="caption"> Silver Pippi rebel necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver Pippi rebel necklace
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Silver Stay Curious necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Silver Stay Curious necklace
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<div class="caption"> Walk Any Way You Want necklace in gold-plated silver </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Walk Any Way You Want necklace in gold-plated silver
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter
<div class="caption"> Gold-plated silver Pippi coin necklace </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter</cite>
Gold-plated silver Pippi coin necklace
Photo: Courtesy Maria Nilsdotter

Originally Appeared on Vogue