Saturday, 1 January 2011

LALAOUNIS snake ring

Photo by Weston

Born in 1920 in a greek family of goldsmiths. Ilias Lalaounis studied law and economics but decided to join the family jewelry business, Zolotas in 1940. He took over the running of the company during the first world war while taking drawing lessons. In 1957 at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, he exhibited his gold pieces inspired by ancient greek ones for the first time. All throughout his life, archaeological greek revival would be his preferred style and manually hammered gold his preferred technique. In 1969, Lalaounis decided to set up his own business separate from his family. He has received many prizes for his art with the outmost important being that of the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1990, as the only jeweller ever to be elected as its member. Today the company and his museum are run by his four daughters.