Greek Jewelry at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC Nov. 16-19

Jewelry designs from Ukka Lelle by Marilina Deligiannopoulou. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

NEW YORK – Twenty-seven gifted Greek jewelry designers, with the support of Enterprise Greece, are presenting their collections at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, November 16-19. The exhibition, just in time for the holiday shopping season, is the next milestone for A Jewel Made in Greece’s annual program, whose aim is to promote Greek jewelry all over Greece and abroad. All participant designers represent contemporary jewelry, creating a dialogue between the present and ancient Greek jewelry making.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to embark on a creative journey, and admire contemporary jewelry divided into 3 sections: Precious Eternities, Solid Metals, and Material Worlds. Gold, silver, precious stones, outstanding designs and colors all are part of this creative journey which has something for everyone and helps support the work of talented Greek artists and designers as well as the Greek economy. The exhibition hours are: Thursday2-9 PM and Friday – Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM.

The companies and designers who are exhibiting are:

Precious Eternities-

Dimos jewelry by Stavros Dimos, Maria Fotopoulou, Stelios Karantonas,  Kevork Kolanian – Orofasma, Kouzoupis S.A,  Maramenos & Pateras,  Anileve by Evelina Papantoniou,  and Evan Tsoukalas.

Solid Metals-

Margarita Chrissaki, Dared by Despina Daldaki, Eleni Daskalaki, Ukka Lelle by Marilina Deligiannopoulou , Vasso Galati, Vanile on the Rock by Vanessa Geroulanos, Danai Giannelli, Myrto Grigori, Bijoux Bizarres by Panos Kardasis, Katia Kolokytha, Evangelos Kyriakos, Daphne P., Chryssanthi Papaxenou, Mary Samoli, and Olga Maria Tsiligkiroglou.

Material Worlds-

Maria Chaniou, Fotini Kostouli, Sofia Papakosta, and Konstantina Tzavidopoulou.

The designers spoke with The National Herald about the event on its opening day, Thursday, Nov. 16 at MAD where jewelry enthusiasts explored the diverse collections and wonderful pieces of jewelry available for purchase.

Panos Kardasis, jewelry designer. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

Mary Samoli, jewelry designer and founder of the platform A Jewel Made in Greece, spoke with TNH about the event and the importance of supporting the work of Greek artists and jewelry designers in these difficult economic times. Reaching a wider American audience is a goal of the event and for all the participants whose unique, handmade jewelry emphasizes the best of Greece and its timeless, enduring tradition in jewelry. Samoli noted that early man decorated himself before he dressed himself and Greece has 6,000 years of jewelry history that legacy continues today.

Sofia Papakosta, originally from Karpathos, told TNH about the inspiration for her work from the folk tradition of the island, as well as the influence on her work from her time as a dancer at the Theatre of Dora Stratou where she wore the costume and jewelry from every different region of Greece in various performances.

Konstantina Tzavidopoulou noted that her work is handmade so no two pieces are exactly alike. Her designs draw inspiration from ancient tradition but with a modern sensibility that creates a timeless effect.

Eleni Daskalaki told TNH about the inspiration from nature and the sea in her work. Charming floral and leaf forms in rings, bracelets and necklaces as well as an enchanting octopus necklace are just a few of her designs on view at the exhibition and sale. Her daughter, Marianna Legaki, was also in attendance at the event.

Panos Kardasis told TNH about his designs, Bijoux Bizarres, which he calls “mythical jewelry for real people” noting the strong influence of traditional jewelry that can be worn in a variety of ways for the modern looks of today.

The next milestone for A Jewel Made in Greece is the 5th Annual Designers’ Meeting at the Zappeion Megaron, February 23-26, during which more than 70 Greek and foreign contemporary designers will present their work.

A Jewel Made in Greece is a flexible and elegant platform which engages designers/producers of contemporary art jewelry by developing a creative dialogue between the culture of art and the history of Greek jewelry.

Enterprise Greece is the official agency of the Greek State, under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Development, to promote investment in Greece, exports from Greece, and make Greece more attractive as an international business partner.

More information about the extraordinary designs and artists is available online at: www.ajewelmadeingreece.gr.

Evangelos Kyriakos, jewelry designer. Photo by Eleni Sakellis
Evan Tsoukalas, jewelry designer. Photo by Eleni Sakellis
Mary Samoli, jewelry designer and founder of the platform A Jewel Made in Greece, holds a copy of The National Herald, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Photo by Eleni Sakellis
Sofia Papakosta with the display of her jewelry designs at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Photo by Eleni Sakellis
Jewelry designed by Eleni Daskalaki. Photo by Eleni Sakellis