Greece Is the Word: Santorini-Inspired Jewels From Dinos Karalis

Greek jewelry designers don’t get nearly as much attention as, say, the Italians, so it’s somewhat ironic that one of the most compelling collections to debut at this year’s VicenzaOro comes from Dinos Karalis, a small design studio based in Athens.

Granted, the fair’s award for Best International Jewelry Designerdid go to the brand’s compatriot, and fellow Athenian, Nikos Koulis. But while Koulis’ star has been rising rather steadily, Dinos Karalis is still relatively unknown in the United States, even though it’s been designing and producing fine jewelry for the last 50 years.

Favoring clean, geometric motifs inspired by ancient and modern architecture, the firm’s creative team and bench jewelers blend old-world gold techniques with the latest developments in 3-D printing, laser cutting, and CAD. It all feels very resort-chic but also wearable: slim, coiled bracelets that reference snakes; turquoise accents that echo the incomparable azure blue of the Mediterranean Sea (and sky).

The firm’s modern, gemstone-laden pieces have a presence at small boutiques across Europe and enjoy a huge following in Greece, especially in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.

In fact, Santorini was the inspiration for the brand’s Vivid collection, showcased below, which captures the diffused light of the island’s spectacular sunsets in multicolored spinels, sapphires, and diamonds. The palette is duskier than you might expect—no bright flashes of orange, fuchsia, or violet—making for an interpretation of a sunset when it’s starting to fade, dissolving into feathery clouds until it disappears completely over the darkening sea.

Prices approximately from $1,050 to $2,050 each.

Ring in 18k pink gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds and 1.17 cts. t.w. pink spinels

Earrings in 18k pink gold with 0.39 ct. t.w. diamonds and 2.22 cts. t.w. pink spinels

Necklace in 18k pink gold with 0.14 ct. t.w. diamonds, 0.57 ct. t.w. pink spinels, and 0.37 ct. t.w. blue sapphires

Ring in 18k pink gold with 0.30 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.20 ct. t.w. pink spinels

Earrings in 18k pink gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.91 ct. t.w. pink spinels

(Photo at top courtesy of Dinos Karalis)

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