What’s better than a visit to Greece? The gorgeous scenery, the warm, welcoming residents, the simple fact that you’re on vacation. Well, we can’t offer you a trip to the Mediterranean, but we can bring elements of it to you.
New this year at JCK Las Vegas is a roster of incredible designers hailing from Greece. You’ll find them in designated areas of both JCK and LUXURY—and they’ll be showcasing a range of jewelry you’re sure to find compelling. With an aim to promote Greek jewelry and create a dialogue around the art of Greek jewelry making both past and present, the exhibition is powered by Enterprise Greece, and co-organized by A Jewel Made in Greece, and ASAP Athens Ltd.
Greek jewelry has a lengthy, important history dating from the time when people not only wore golden and gemstone-laden adornments, but gave them as offerings to gods and goddesses, too. While you’ll find many of the ancient elements and techniques evident in today’s designs, these brands are putting a fresh, contemporary spin on Greek jewelry. Here is a closer look at some of the names you’ll want to discover.
Amaya Offering handmade jewelry in sterling silver and gold-plating, Amaya is inspired by the sea and sun in Greece. The Medusa summer collection boasts pieces such as these tassel-like earrings in gold-plated silver.
Anileve Greek jewelry designer Evelina Papantoniou creates a range of collections with trendy aesthetics, with both price point and one-of-a-kind offerings. We definitely have an eye for these earrings, in 9k white gold with sapphire, tsavorite, and hand-painted sea shells.
Mary Gaitani Athens-born Gaitani, once an architect, studied jewelry in Florence and handcrafts each of her pieces in silver, gold, and resin with gemstones and crystals. This colorful necklace in 18k gold features a rainbow of sapphires with pyrite accents.
K.AND. By designer Katerina Andriagiannaki, K.AND. presents handmade jewelry in sterling silver and 18k gold, both with gemstones and without. From the Rough and Roll collection, this unisex ring is crafted in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold.
Kouzoupis Located in Athens, Kouzoupis features fine jewelry like this curvy ring in 18k white gold, set with 277 diamonds (2.6 cts. t.w.).
L. Maris As whimsical as it is luxurious, Maureen L. Maris creates high-end jewelry in 14k to 24k gold, with gemstones and diamonds. You’ll find jewelry collections both current and limited edition, with designs both classic and fashionable. One of our favorites is this flamingo ring from the Tropical Paradise collection, composed of pink sapphires and diamonds in rose gold.
Maramenos & Pateras Inspired by the history and tradition of Hellenic style, Maramenos & Pateras has been crafting jewelry since 1969. This bracelet, from its Veiled Earth Scripts collection, is said to pay homage to the mystery of the Hellenic caves. It’s crafted in 18k yellow gold with diamonds.
Samoli Mary Jewels An ambassador of Greek jewelry design, Mary Samoli has assembled “A Jewel Made in Greece,” a project that captures the art and history of Greece from the perspective of multiple designers. This bracelet, from her own Wildflowers collection, is one-of-a-kind and crafted in 18k yellow gold.
Tsakalos Drawing from Ancient Greek and Byzantine design, Tsakalos offers a range of coin jewelry, including this pendant in gold-plated sterling silver, as well as contemporary gemstone jewelry.
Vasso Galati You’ll encounter handmade jewelry evoking the natural beauty of Greece when you visit Vasso Galati. This bracelet is hand-knit, an old Greek jewelry-making technique, made of silver wire, and features freshwater pearls.
Visetti Perfect for your price point selection, Visetti’s offerings range from silver jewelry to decorative gifts. This necklace, in sterling silver with cubic zirconia, is a popular choice for gifting and self-purchases.
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