The new fine jewellery collection from Nikos Koulis has no shortage of cool factor
By Daisy Tinker
Grecian jewellery designer Nikos Koulis is having a moment. His
fashionable jewels have appeared in fashion magazines around the
world and boast famous fans including Giorgio Armarni and Daphne
Guiness, who was recently photographed wearing a pair of feather
earrings from his Paradise Room collection.
Greek born and bred, Koulis often references the ancient islands
in his designs, mixing traditional symbols with a luxe, rock-chic
aesthetic. However, his most recent collection, entitled Phaedra's
Box, has transitioned from this signature look. Unlike a
number of Koulis' other collections, which drip with precious gems
set into ornate designs, Phaedra's Box is understated and elegant.
Flowing yellow gold chains are reworked into necklaces, earrings
and rings that slink up the finger and frame the neck. The most
decorative piece is a shield-like ring encrusted with a white
diamond cross, but this in itself looks modest compared to a number
of his more flamboyant designs.
These intricate jewels encapsulate two current jewellery trends
- along-the-finger rings and ear cuffs - and adorn the body in unusual
ways, a theme that runs throughout Koulis' jewels. A yellow gold
ear cuff sits behind the ear, the delicate chains free to flow with
the movement of the body, while black rodium, yellow and rose gold
rings span the full length of the finger and bend fluidly so that
they feel like a second skin. With no shortage of cool factor,
Koulis is quickly making a name for himself beyond his home
country. Alongside his showroom in Athens, his jewels are now
stocked by high-end retailers in both the UK and US.