An emblematic jewelry maker
Ilias Lalaounis, is an internationally acclaimed jewelry house, which has introduced the ancient Greek element at the international markets, by reviving ancient jewelry and its techniques. The journey of the founder Ilias Lalaounis through the magic world of ancient Greek jewelry began in 1968, when two tourists asked him to design two brooches that they had seen at a museum. His decision to breathe life into ancient pieces of jewelry which up until that time were only exhibited at the museums was momentous for the history of jewelry making.
Minoic earrings, pins and brooches
Necklaces and pendants, inspired by the Mycenaean culture, earrings with references from the Minoic ‘enotia’ (earrings), brooches that resemble the pins discovered in Cretan excavations, Ancient Corinth and Pylos – all come alive at the workshop of Ilias Lalaounis with the use of ancient techniques such as hand-hammering, wiring and granulation and travel to various corners across the planet.
Today Maria Lalaouni has undertaken the artistic direction of the jewelry house, one of the four daughters of the legendary jewelry maker, a woman who has managed to live up to this important legacy. She recently joined forces with the designer of Ancient Greek Sandals, Christina Martini, in order to create a successful and internationally acclaimed collection of sandals. “The ancient Greek element has been revived following the financial crisis. Greece is at the spotlight internationally and we ought to prove that behind the negative comments which appear in the newspapers, there is a country which is evolving and creating”, Maria Lalaouni recently stated in one of her interviews for the article “The Explosion of Grecian Chic” which was published in Kathimerini’s magazine ‘K’. “A Greece that is creating and evolving based on respect for its roots.” Ilias Lalaounis have created a unique Jewelry Museum, focusing on the history and art of jewelry-making.