Jewellery has been a constant element of human history. Even though the designs, shapes and sizes of the ornaments have evolved in tandem with the development of mankind over the years, jewellery still holds the same kind of importance even to this day.
And there’s no doubt in the fact that a glimpse of age-old jewellery is liked by most. Among other things, it makes us realize how we have evolved over the centuries.
Athens’ Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum is a perfect place for travelers to get a taste of this. The jewellery and decorative arts displayed here are inspired by the various periods in Greek history, and are done by lias Lalaounis, a famous jeweler in Greece.
One of the most interesting things about this museum is the part where they demonstrate jewellery-making techniques from prehistoric times.
In the Permanent Collections visitors can follow the life work of Ilias Lalaounis. Six sections display a selection of 4.500 pieces from the museum’s collections according to the vast inspirational sources of his work. These original artifacts were manufactured between 1940 – 2002 and displayed in special exhibitions worldwide to promote the artist in America, Europe, and Asia.
Jewels and microsculptures cover the vast development of the revival of ancient goldsmithery techniques and new forms that Lalaounis developed for his vast clientele. His works are recognized across borders, as he brought back the fashion for yellow gold jewelry. His contribution was ultimately honored with the highest recognition as an Academician in the prestigious Academie des Beaux Arts, at the Institute de France in 1990.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum
Kallisperi 12 & Karyatidon Street,
11742 Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 9221044 email: [email protected]
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 09.00 – 15.00
Wednesday & Saturday: 09.00 – 21.00
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and on National Holidays.