Chicago, IL.- The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center was honored to bring together six renowned national and international jewelry designers to participate in the Museumʼs first Jewelry Trunk Show, Thursday, February 12, 2009. The featured artists were Paraskevi, Sophia Forero, Konstantino Treasures, Byzantino, Elaine Sotos of Elaineʼs Jewelry Design and Doris Panos. The Jewelry Show committee members offered Champagne and an array of sweets during the trunk show reception. Many of the jewelers generously donated special items for the raffle. The chairwomen of the event were Olga Geocaris and Kathy Apostal.
The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center was pleased to have such a wonderful and talented group of designers under one roof and more than please of the amount of people that showed up to view and purchase the spectacular items.
The Jewelers that were present were: Reminiscent of the faith-filled Byzantine era, a collection of handcrafted Orthodox “Crosses Byzantine” has been created by designer/goldsmith, Paraskevi. Engraved and adorned with Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies and more. Reaching further back to ancient Greek past, designer, Paraskevi creates Orthodox Wedding crowns “stefana eternal” for the bride and groom of today. Fashioned from fine silver, solid gold and genuine gemstones, these stefana become a timeless family heirloom which represent the connection between Greek history (heritage) and the Orthodox faith.
Sophia Foreroʼs eye for color, texture and design stems from her love of history and wide experience of international culture. Sophia went on to see the world, gathering inspiration and materials from which she began to craft fine jewels. Sophia Forero is featured in over 300 fine boutiques and specialty stores in the US. Sophiaʼs pieces have been on the red carpet – actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Vivica Fox, Keiko Agena, and Nia Vardalos are just a few who enjoy her work. Sophiaʼs pieces have been in such films as SHOPGIRL, and have been worn by anchorwomen of CNN. In 2002 Sophia won the Marshall Fieldʼs Distinction in Design Award.
Konstantino Sioulas of Konstantino Treasures was born in Athens and raised amid the beauty and majesty of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Enthralled with Greek history and the rich legacy of Greek gods and goddesses, Konstantino developed an endless fascination with the artisanship of the earliest Greek jewelry designs.
Konstantino uses ancient engraving and etching techniques found in early Greek jewelry combining 18kt gold with sterling silver, gemstones, precious stones, intaglios and ancient coins. Konstantino jewelry from Greece is known throughout the world for its unique designs and remarkable artisanship.
Byzantino Jewelry first established business in 1987 and has been located in Athens in the Plaka neighborhood. The two owners, Kostas and Giorgosʼ love for these ancient pieces of jewelry they have been admired in books and museums. This love for ancient Hellenic civilization pushed them to start creating reproductions of ancient Hellenic jewels. This way, they discovered the talent and passion of ancient masters who created admirable objects of art unsurpassed until today.
Elaine Sotos, of Elaineʼs European Jewelry represents many talented designers including: Maramenos & Peteras who use full cut diamonds in 18kt gold for their large selection of crosses. The Vagellis collection creates exclusive hand made jewelry using the secrets and techniques of ancient Greek jewelry making to create 18kt wire weave jewelry. Margoni uses exotic fantasy cut semi precious fancy color gem stones in 18kt gold.
Doris Panos has nearly twenty-six years of experience in jewelry making, beginning as a teen in her brother-in-lawʼs factory. In 1993, Doris Panos Designs LTD was established reflecting her Greek/Byzantine heritage that fuses the Old World historic style with New York sophistication. In October of 2007, Doris opened her first boutique in her hometown on Long Island, NY. A glimpse inside the world of Doris Panos is a kaleidoscope of contrasts that meld together in perfect union.
For more information regarding the Jewelry Trunk Show, Please contact Peter Georgalan, Communications Manager at 312-655-1234 or at email@example.com.