By Ase Anderson in London
'Unique' and 'mesmerizing' are just two words that come to mind upon seeing Greek jewellery designer Lito Karakostanoglou's avant-garde pieces.
The designer describes herself as a "modern age pirate" who travels the globe - from India to Mexico, Japan to Africa - in search of magnificent stones and unusual materials.
Her Treasure Box collection sums up precisely why everyone is talking about Lito. Living up to its name, it combines colourful gemstones with an intricate honeycomb pattern that renders each piece a one-off.
Lito says she was inspired by beehives to create a nest of little cells that "snuggles" the stone. "White diamonds appear and disappear on movement. One cannot really tell how, or where, this glow comes from, but it certainly has a magic effect," she adds.
Launching in the UK for Spring/Summer 2014, an edited selection of Lito's jewels is currently available at MyWardrobe and will also be stocked by Net-a-Porter this season.
Originally trained in marketing management and advertising, Lito, who is self-taught in jewellery design, first started welcoming customers to her 'Open Studio' in Athens in 1999.
Following a move to Paris where she studied sculpture and life drawings - and also created jewels for Kenzo and Jean Paul Gaultier's couture and prêt-a-porter collections - she returned to Athens to reopen her shop seven years ago.
Her 'Cabinet des Curiosities' atelier-boutique in the centre of Athens is full of wonders, each piece reflecting the designer's sensitive yet bold view of the world.
The designer's work is also showcased in Olivier Dupon's book 'The New Jewellers,' an anthology of rising talent in the field of jewellery creation across the globe.