When a story meets another and blend into one …

Text: Barbara Nardoni

My grandfather, Julij Nardoni, was a master blacksmith. During his imprisonment at the Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II, this skill saved his life. The workshop with its anvils and hot charcoal used to make iron glow was a place that offered warmth, which kept him alive. He continued to work as a blacksmith after the war and even after his retirement, giving vent to his creativity every day in his own workshop. Today I can still remember the harmonious sounds of the hammer, grinder and other devices waking me up in the mornings with their music. As he grew frail and slowly began to take leave from life, he promised me he would leave me his huge anvil. This had been his father’s anvil, so it is now more than 150 years old.


One winter day, I met a young man who was later to become my husband. On one occasion he told me his family had their own company that manufactured screws. This didn’t mean much to me at the time. His father, Mladen Sumina, had begun this trade way back in 1984, in the period of the former Yugoslavia. These were times when screws had value and tradesmen were paid in advance for products ordered. Later on, the globalization of world markets led to a steady decrease in the value of screws, and tradesmen still have to wait several months to be paid for their products. In these turbulent times, the management of the Sumina company has been taken over by sons Aleš and Miloš Sumina.

And this is where the story about the Sumina jewellery collection starts – a story about searching for new business paths, new opportunities… It combines two stories with history, tradition, knowledge and design. It combines the stories of two families, Sumina and Nardoni.

… a simple product becomes a powerful energy symbol.


A screw as a linking element
A screw is an extremely functional product. It is a linking element that is used to attach the components of an individual product together. Technologically, it can be made using the cold forging process, where machines manufacture a screw from a piece of wire in a few phases. The main parts of the screw are the head with a certain type of recess, and the shank with a thread. All of this briefly describes a product or object that is not essential for life and is often lost in glasses or small boxes among other small items considered to be »junk«.

The old vision of a screw is no longer sufficient.
The Steel Living jewellery collection transcends all that has been written and creates a new vision of the screw.

The screw as an aesthetic element with its symbol and ethereal value
The screw processing, recycling and reuse brings to a human an aesthetic and symbolic value upgraded by the  invisible etheric energy which enhanced the spiritual side. Screw head is usually decorated with a notch or a cross. The notch symbolizes a minus and the cross stands for a plus. The combination of both mentioned elements represents plus and minus together.

The symbolic value of a cross is already powerful in itself. A cross is formed when the corners of a square are joined together, and also when the sides are joined together. It symbolizes relations and integration. This is beautifully illustrated by the weft and thread – each of them creates a fabric from its own direction. The integrated whole represents the four cardinal directions of the cosmos (N, W, S, E), as well as the four elements (earth, air, fire, water). The vertical and horizontal lines show the relation between celestial (vertical) and terrestrial (horizontal). The cross also symbolizes the division of planet Earth into four parts with an intersection of longitudinal and latitudinal lines.

The cross as a symbol of the sun already appeared in ancient times, when it was carved into cliffs, and particularly in various religions and beliefs. Among the Egyptians, it appeared as ankh (a cross with a handle), and among American Indians as a medicinal wheel. The ancient religious and decorative symbol known as swastika, which has a cross at its center, is still used in Buddhism and Hinduism today. Swastika as a spinning wheel is used by modern Slavic native faith followers. Swastika is actually the joint heritage of several religions and has no connection whatsoever to the nazi crooked cross.

The plus already has good vibrations in its very essence. If we add a minus, we achieve balance. A plus and a minus represent positive and negative – the primeval powers from which ether was formed. Ether is a spiritual substance and the bearer of all life. The core of all existing forms of living, the core of a being, was formed from a positive and a negative particle. Love between these two brings complete harmony and inner balance.

All of the above-mentioned gives Sumina jewellery a sense of eternity that is not only expressed by the recycling of waste screws, but also and above all by its aesthetic, symbolic and etheric value, which keeps the energy of those who wear it in balance and harmony. It brings peace and serenity.

Instead of Steel Living, we could say Still Living.