Whether you’re looking for beautiful jewelry for your S.O., yourself or your mother, you should definitely take a look at these Greek jewelry brands. Inspired by nature and Greece’s rich heritage, these jewelers prove that Greece has creative minds that deserve more attention. Here are eight jewelry designers from Greece you should know.
For Fey Papanikou, jewelry is not just a decorative object but an interaction with the character and personality of the individual. Her designs are inspired by geometry and architectural lines (which is no wonder, as she is an architecture graduate from the University of Thessaly). She enjoys creating pieces with simple lines that embrace the way the body moves. Check out her collections at her online shop.
Working with gold, precious and semi-precious stones as well as traditional and unconventional materials, Lito Karakostanoglou’s brand Lito makes whimsical pieces. Karakostanoglou studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris before pursuing technical drawing studies at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie et Orfevrerie. She travels around the world to find inspiration, as well as unique materials and stones. Besides her jewelry store in Athens, Lito’s collections can be found in several art galleries and stores across the globe.
A collaboration that started in 2004, Prigipo was launched by Kelly and Kalomira, two friends who enrolled in a jewelry manufacturing seminar. The duo expanded and started working in a workshop in central Athens, where visitors can pop by to check the collection. Based on the idea that their pieces turn the wearer into a prince or princess, their line is characterized by a clean and minimalist style in silver, rose gold and gold. Check out their collection on their website.
Australian-born Harry Mestros grew up in Lesbos and opened his first store in Mykonos, where he creates and designs handmade, custom jewelry pieces. He uses semi-precious stones that he personally selects from around the world, such as agate, onyx and lava stones. Mestros focus on each stone’s energy and blends them to create unique pieces made to intensify the bearer’s energy. You can find his exclusive collection on his website.
Founded in 2013 by Eleni Papastavrou, 3rd Floor is a jewelry line 100% made in Greece. She was encouraged by her friends to turn her hobby into an occupation. Taking an architectural approach to her designs, Papastavrou designs for the bold, independent yet carefree woman who is not afraid of labels. Her pieces have a youthful, refreshing audacity and elegant simplicity.
Making jewelry is a family affair for Daphne Papathanassopoulou. The daughter of Marianna Petridi, a Greek jewelry pioneer, Daphne grew up in her mother’s jewelry gallery surrounded by beautiful creations. She went on to launch her first collection in 2007. Working with metals and precious stones, Daphne focuses on creating jewelry that showcases the personality of the wearer. Involved in all aspects of jewelry manufacturing, she draws inspiration from everything around her. Her jewelry pieces are available at several stockists, including online.
The Antonia Karra jewelry brand is what happens when a hobby becomes a passion. Following her grandfather’s footsteps, Greek designer Antonia Karra draws inspiration from her Greek heritage and a plethora of other cultures, and works with materials such as silver and semi-precious stones. Applying knitting techniques learned from her grandmother, she sells her designs around the world.
After studying Design at Westminster University in London, Sophia Koutsoukou worked in a jewelry workshop for a few years. After returning to Athens, she started attending seminars in jewelry creation, which allowed her to master traditional metalsmithing techniques, including the “lost wax” method. Koutsoukou’s jewelry is inspired by nature, modern architecture and ancient Greece.