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Hot New Jewelry from Greek Designers

Contemporary Greek jewelry shines with bright gemstones and geometric shapes…

Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner

For centuries, Greek jewelers have been celebrated for their ingenuity and artisanship; and today a new generation is melding hallmarks of ancient times with modern styles, crafting magnificent gold- and gem-laden designs informed by classical architecture, mythology, and the majestic Mediterranean Sea.

Those leading the charge include (clockwise from middle left) Ileana Makri (ileanamakri.com), whose diamond-studded yellow-gold fan earrings ($3,580) mirror sleek, art-deco-inspired architecture; Nikos Koulis (nikoskoulis.gr), who incorporates striking geometric forms into his pieces, like these tsavorite earrings ($17,500); Venyx (venyxworld.com), whose designer Eugenie Niarchos crafts phantasmagoric sea creaturesusing colorful gemstones, such as these amethyst-and-sapphire-covered Una Rainbow Fish and Starfish rings ($11,250 and $7,500, respectively); and Lalaounis (ilias​lalaounis.eu), whose bold, ruby-studded ram’s-head pendant necklace ($23,700) has a classical bent. 

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