An expert in Greek antiquity, Ilias Lalaounis spent his lifetime breathing new life into iconic jewellery designs from the key periods of Greek history. Combining ancient goldsmithing techniques with modern-day jewellery-making technology, he worked primarily in gold, creating pieces that honoured the aesthetics of the originals, made wearable for modern-day life. Lalaounis passed away in 2013, but his designs live on in the highly collectible jewels he has left behind. In you are in Athens, there is a museum devoted to his work near the Acropolis, which is a must-visit for jewellery fans.
Gold and lapis lazuli torque necklace