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Ilias Lalaounis

It’s fitting that Ilias Lalaounis (1920–2013) is the only jeweler ever inducted into the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts — the Greek jeweler’s creations, such as his decorative gold necklaces and rings, are less fashion adornment and more works of art.

Lalaounis was born in Athens in 1920 to a family of goldsmiths and watchmakers with origins in Delphi. Before turning to the family business, Lalaounis studied law, economics, business and music and trained with the painter Alexandros Alexandrakis. Such a well-rounded education laid the foundation for his unique approach to jewelry.

Lalaounis took the helm of his uncle’s jewelry company in 1940. The impact of the Second World War on Greece inspired the jeweler to celebrate his country’s history by reinterpreting its artifacts into new works of art. In 1957, Lalaounis founded the Greek Jewelers’ Association and exhibited at the Thessaloniki International Fair, showcasing the first of his “collections,” as he would come to define his phases of work. This, the Archaeological Collection, was informed by classical and Hellenistic history.

Lalaounis would go on to find new ways to render historic motifs in gold and gemstones after founding his namesake house in 1969. For his 1970s-era collection, Blow Up, he displayed gold pieces inspired by Minoan art on his models’ entire bodies; after opening a store in Tokyo, he presented a collection informed by Japanese art. Later, Lalaounis introduced a collection inspired by Native Americans at his Madison Avenue store in Manhattan. One of the jeweler’s most important commissions came in 1976, when he designed a collection that drew on Persian art for Empress Farah of Iran.

In 1984, Lalaounis explored his unique creative vision with a book, Metamorphoses. By the 1990s, he had stores across Europe as well as in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York City, and his work had been exhibited at the National Museum of American History and the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, to name a few. In 1994, he founded his own eponymous museum in Athens, with a permanent collection of pieces from 45 of his collections. Lalaounis died in 2013.

Lalaounis’s research-driven approach to jewelry design gives his pieces a depth on par with any art form.

Find an ornate assortment of Ilias Lalaounis’s yellow-gold necklaces, rings and more on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$3,827
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Lalaounis Very Large and impressive Gold and Rock Crystal Modernist Pendant
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1980s Ilias Lalaounis, Brutalist, Modernist style 18k Yellow Gold and Rock Crystal Large and Impressive Pendant, measuring 4 inches in length and 3/4 inch in diameter. A solid ...
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1980s Modernist Vintage Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Rock Crystal, 18k Gold

Lalaounis Double Rams Head Gem Set 18 Karat Gold Necklace
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed and wonderfully handcrafted by the iconic Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis this chic and most wearable necklace features 2 rams heads with finely textured gold set ...
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1970s Vintage Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Lalaounis 18kt Yellow Gold Fan Earrings
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Lalaounis 18kt yellow gold earrings. Fan design measuring approximately 1.25" in length. Gold spiral top section fanning out. Clip backs marked “Greece 750” “A21” w/ gold mark and ...
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1980s Vintage Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Lalaounis Yellow Gold and Diamond Earrings
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1980s Ilias LaLaounis 18k Yellow Gold Earrings, in the form of foliage and having a band of Diamonds approximately 1/4 carat. The earrings measure 1 1/4 inch in length x 3/4 i...
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1980s Vintage Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Ilias Lalaounis “Neolithic” Hammered Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Ilias Lalalounis in the 1960s, this “Late Neolithic” bangle bracelet is composed of 18K gold. The hand-hammered abstract bangle was inspired by the anthropomorphic forms ...
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1990s Contemporary Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Important Lalaounis Greece Chimera Diamond Sapphire Ruby Gold Necklace
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in New York, NY
18k yellow gold lariat necklace by Ilias Lalaounis, featuring two Chimera heads, decorated with rubies, sapphires and diamonds. Necklace has adjustable length, up to approx. 34", sli...
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20th Century Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold

Lalaounis Ancient Style Rams Head Yellow Gold Ring
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in Chicago, IL
Ilias Lalaounis of Greece 18K Yellow Gold Rams Head Ring in an Ancient Roman style. the top of the ring measures 5/8 X 3/8 inch. Finger size 6.
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1990s Classical Roman Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

18k Gold

Ilias Lalaounis Chimera Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Ilias Lalaounis
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Chimera Bangle Bracelet from Illias Lalaounis. Details: Weight: 40.7 grams Length: 7" Head Width: 12mm Total Top Width: 22.5mm Bottom Width: 9mm Stamped Hallmarks...
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1980s Vintage Ilias Lalaounis

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Ilias Lalaounis jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Ilias Lalaounis jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Ilias Lalaounis jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Ilias Lalaounis ruby jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 30. This collection contains 121 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of the Ilias Lalaounis jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Syna Jewels, Henry Dunay and Angela Cummings. Prices for Ilias Lalaounis watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $375 and tops out at $85,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,500 on average.

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