It was a great evening!!!! The opening night of the “Historic Jewelry and Haute Couture ” exhibition was brilliant… loads of beautiful artistic jewelry, amazing vintage dresses and a whole lot of fun. Although, we are living difficult times.. we felt there is more to Greece, today, than debts, corruption and austerity measures. When everything seems hopeless… we need some glamour, style and… hope! In the exhibition we saw, one more time, what Greek entrepreneurs can do and how they can conquer the world with class. The Museum is filled with impressive jewelry that was loved all around the globe. And… a glass of wine toward the end of the evening with friends at the rooftop terrace of the Museum under the Acropolis… Yeah !!! Some times Greece can be Magical!!!
Ilias Lalaounis: A Greek Success Story
Ilias Lalaounis was born in 1920 in a Greek family of goldsmiths. He studied law and economics but decided to join the family business, Zolotas in 1940. He took over the running of the company during the first world war while taking drawing lessons. In 1957 at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, he exhibited his gold pieces inspired by ancient Greek ones for the first time. All throughout his life, archaeological Greek revival would be his preferred style and manually hammered gold his preferred technique. In 1969, Lalaounis decided to set up his own business separate from his family. Lalaounis has received many prizes for his art with the out most important being that of the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1990, as the only jeweller ever to be elected as its member. Today the company and his museum are run by his four daughters.
Greek Hospitality under the Acropolis
Queens of Fashion, Countries, Music and Style love Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry
The Ilias Lalaounis Museum, next to the Acropolis Museum, opened in 1994 with more than 3,500 impressive articles and jewelry. You can have a look at the jewelry that was loved by style icons like Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lopez to name a few ! Definitely worth seeing when you visit Athens and the Acropolis Museum .... because Greece is more than beautiful beaches…