Goldsmith's Work, Intangible Cultural Heritage

Goldsmithing was named to the national list in 2023. The exhibition celebrates this naming and awareness of the goldsmith's work and its tradition.

Intangible cultural heritage is a living tradition that is present in people's everyday lives and celebrations. The UNESCO International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003. Finland joined the agreement in 2013. The National Board of Antiquities is responsible for implementing the agreement in Finland.

The international agreement guides the protection of living cultural heritage in 181 countries. Those who practice, transfer, and renew tradition are responsible for preserving it.

Naming to the intangible living heritage list commits to ensuring the vitality of traditional goldsmith work. The jewelry community itself must define possible actions to maintain its vitality. The jewelry community is broad, including merchants and businesses, goldsmiths, jewelry designers, artists, hobbyists, the jewelry industry, historians, experts, and jewelry users.