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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Lalaounis Jewelry
Biosymbol, golden cuff with rubies. Courtesy of Lalaounis.

Biosymbol, golden cuff with rubies. Courtesy of Lalaounis.

Gold and precious stones have always fascinated man. Classifiers of power, prestige, and status, gold and gems have increased their value when an artist crafts beautiful objects with them. This is what Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis (1920- ) has been doing since he entered the family business in the 1940s.

His eponymous company was formed in 1968. The firm quickly expanded from Athens to several other Greek cities and all over the world, including New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

Lalaounis’s work is distinct because it stems from the designer’s study of art and history and from his analysis of the jewelry of civilizations past. A truly luxury firm, Lalaounis maintains its innovative approach to jewelry design today while also supporting the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum that the famed designer founded in Athens in 1993. At the foot of the Acropolis, the ILJM houses a few of Lalaounis’s most beautiful creations and supports the field of jewelry making in Greece. The Greek tradition of silver- and gold- smithing reaches back to prehistoric years and Lalaounis has been committed to continuing this tradition while also innovating according to contemporary trends and tastes.

Lalaounis pieces can be acquired at the firm’s boutiques all over the world and often appear at the most prestigious jewelry sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

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