Lalaounis

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Textured Spiral Lalaounis Earrings.
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.

Ilias Lalaounis is an Athenian jewelry company known for its antiquity-inspired designs. In 1940, at age twenty, founder Ilias Lalaounis began his career by apprenticing at the prestigous Zolotas— the family business. Eventually Lalaounis started his own firm, specializing in fabricating chains. Later he began to produce ancient Greek revival jewellery. The enterprise was wildly successful. Business grew throughout the 1950’s. In the 1960’s, the firm became internationally recognized when Aristotle Onassis purchased Lalaounis jewels for his lover, Maria Callas, as well as for his (later) wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. In 1993, Lalaounis opened a museum in Athens featuring several thousand pieces of his work—with the aim of both displaying his creations and educating the public about the original design periods that inspired them.


Lalaounis Jewelry Maker's Mark

Lalaounis

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Lalaounis
Greece
c. 1960

Specialties

c.1940

  • Ilias Lalaounis joined and ran Zolotas, the Family Business.

1957

  • Began production of designs inspired by ancient Greece

1969

  • Ilias Lalaounis became a separate company

Currently

  • Run by Ilias Lalaounis' daughters


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Related Topics

Lang Antiques
Lang Antiques