August 17, 2022 11:00 EST

Luxe: Summer Jewels

 
  Lot 54
 

54

18K yellow gold necklace and ring, ilias LaLaounis

the hammered finished open/close collar necklace is made of eighteen yellow gold, Labyrinth design, reference number 503721; together with a high karat yellow gold ring, Hellenistic collection, reference number 102121.

41.2 Gross dwt.; Necklace length: 15 in; Size: 5 1/2 - 6

Provenance:

Private collection, New York, New York. Purchased May 1998 and February 2000.

Sold for $3,276
Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000


 

the hammered finished open/close collar necklace is made of eighteen yellow gold, Labyrinth design, reference number 503721; together with a high karat yellow gold ring, Hellenistic collection, reference number 102121.

Provenance:

Private collection, New York, New York. Purchased May 1998 and February 2000.

About ilias LaLaounis

As the only jeweler inducted into the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, Ilias Lalaounis ' work has rightfully claimed its place in the canon of fine art. His designs over the second half of the 20th century have made contributions to the style and craftsmanship of modern jewelry, retaining a wide appeal to a variety of collectors and appreciators of fine art. Lalaounis ' striking designs and bold statement pieces resemble artifacts found in museums, but his reimagining of ancient styles and designs make a Lalaounis work timeless.

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Ilias Lalaounis

Ilias Lalaounis was born in 1920, in Athens, Greece, to a long line of goldsmiths and horologists. Despite studying law and economics at university, he ended up joining his uncle's jewelry business, where he learned the art of jewelry-making.

After World War II, Lalounis became inspired by ancient Greek artifacts, and began to design contemporary jewelry pieces using these old styles and techniques. Lalounis was fascinated by the old-world techniques, learning how to hand-craft his pieces and incorporate styles like filigree and granulation into his pieces.

Lalaounis branched out on his own in the 1960's after his uncle's passing, focusing on goldsmithing rather than the prominent gemstones his peers were highlighting. His gold designs were so renowned that he became the first goldsmith to be acknowledged by the Institut de France, Academie des Beaux Arts et des Lettres.

Today, the company is continued by his four daughters, who carry on his vision incorporating old-school design styles to create exquisite works of gold and gemstones.