A pair of 18K yellow gold hinged hoop earrings From the Classical and Hellenistic Collection

Ilias Lalaounis
A pair of 18K yellow gold hinged hoop earrings From the Classical and Hellenistic Collection
1 5/8 in. diameter, 1 3/8 in wide

stamp: MECAN A.8 750 Greece

About the Artist

Lalaounis jewelry is closely identified with style icon Jackie O. In 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy married the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. As a result, during the late 60’s and the 70’s all things Greek became very au courant.

Ilias Lalaounis’s gold jewelry collections celebrated Classical, Hellenistic and Minoan history. A fourth-generation jeweler, Lalaounis took over a family firm and over a period spanning almost ¾ of a century, transformed it. Lalaounis became and remains one of the world’s leading jewelry houses. Pieces by Lalaounis are sought-after for their historically influenced designs and exceptional craftsmanship.

The Lalaounis Museum (Athens, Greece) archives have a photograph of “Jackie O” wearing these iconic earrings while eating an ice cream cone.

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