Spectacular and rare vintage 1970s pair of Ilias Lalaounis earrings / ear clips in the form of a stylized unwinding spiral resembling the ancient Macedonian sun symbolism and of impeccable Byzantine fashion. Each earring crafted in the ancient technique of hand hammered 22 karat yellow gold with numerous granulation accents, such that each of the 11 stylized sun rays is terminated by an oval shaped cultured pearl. The round ear clips with average diameter of about 40mm (1.57) and having a gross weight of 21.1 grams in 22K yellow gold.Both earrings hallmarked 916 for 22K gold, as well as marked with Lalaounis maker's marks. The pair comes with original Ilias Lalaounis velvet pouch. Scarce and rare vintage jewelry collector pair and one of the rare Lalaounis earrings and jewels in general. 1920, was born into a family of Goldsmiths and watchmakers, joining the family business, Zolotas, in 1940. As a fourth generation jeweller, Lalaounis has earned a reputation for creating luxurious gold jewellery that offers a unique interpretation of ancient civilisation translated into a modern idiom. Lalaounis' unique aesthetic is inspired by influences as diverse as the Neolithic, Mycenaean, and Byzantine styles, while his creations are founded on a revival of ancient Greek jewellery techniques. In 1969, Ilias Lalaounis pursued an independent enterprise, and his eponymous company was founded as a separate entity. The new company produced a collection every six months, with each collection consisting of about 150 pieces in both 18 and 22K gold. Lalaounis's regular use of pure gold helped to distinguish his work, and soon branches were expanded through Europe and in cities throughout the world, including New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He founded the Greek Jewelers' Association and exhibited his first collection, the Archaeological Collection, at the Thessaloniki International Fair in 1957. It was inspired by Classical, Hellenistic and Minoan Mycenaean art.
Lalaounis provoked a sensation with his collection Blow Up (1970), draping the human body in gold jewelry inspired by Minoan civilization. The following year he organized an international exhibition of jewelry in Athens, joined by Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Rene Kern and Harry Winston. In 1976, he had one of his most important commissions which would prove to be one of the most inspiring for his portfolio. Empress Farah of Iran commissioned Lalaounis to create a collection of jewelry and objects inspired by Persian art, which went on display at the Imperial Palace in Tehran. In 1993, the company's workshops were moved to new, purpose-built facilities while the building was altered to house a jewellery museum.
Today the Ilias Lalaounis Museum's permanent collection includes over 4000 pieces of jewellery and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by the museum's founder between 1940 and 2000. Although Lalaounis has received many prizes for his art, the most noteworthy honour was bestowed by the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1990; Lalaounis remains the only jeweller ever to be elected as a member of the Academy.
The item "Vintage Ilias Lalaounis Greek Byzantine Style 22K Hammered Gold Pearl Earrings" is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Earrings".The seller is "vicbg" and is located in Wien. This item can be shipped worldwide.