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Lalaounis Yellow Gold Fringe Necklace

$15,000

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Lalaounis archaeological revival style yellow gold fringe necklace circa 1970. DETAILS: METAL: 18-karat yellow gold. MEASUREMENTS: slightly graduated from 1-5/8” (4.1 cm) to 1-1/8” (2.9 cm), and 15” (38.1 cm) long overall, 125 grams. SIGNED: Lalaounis on the clasp. CONDITION: high magnification photographs show very pristine condition consistent with age and wear. Why not make someone Happy? Yourself or a special person in your life! Happy people can change the world. In either case, it is our sincere desire that it becomes a treasure, a source of pleasure and pride every time it is worn. For over thirty-five years, Jacob’s Diamond and Estate Jewelry has been in the business of making people happy by selling a carefully curated collection of antique and estate jewelry, wearable art. We believe in the power of estate jewelry to be gratifying and luxurious, good quality, usually at a very good value with the added potential of becoming tomorrow’s heirlooms. That is what it is all about, from our good taste to yours. Cheers! Lalaounis yellow gold fringe necklace circa 1970.

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About Ilias Lalaounis (Designer)

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 at 1stDibs.

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Helping people make themselves happy has been the driving force at Jacob's Diamond & Estate Jewelry since its inception over thirty-six years ago in downtown Los Angeles, California. Jacob's Diamond & Estate Jewelry is in the business of making people happy by selling a carefully curated collection of antique and estate jewelry. The co...

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