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Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum


Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum


The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens, housed in an early 20th century building on 12, Kyryatidon and Kallisperi Street near the Acropolis, was founded in 1993 as a private non-profit foundation devoted to the art of jewelry. It opened to the public in 1994 and today houses in its permanent collections more than 4.000 models of jewelry and micro-sculptures, from 50 collections, designed by its founder Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. Since the year 2001 the museum collects jewelry and other decorative arts from different periods and various cultures.

"Classical-Hellenéstic" collection (1957) - Necklace in 22K gold with a "knot-of-Herakles" pendant - Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry MuseumThe museum’s collections are separated in six categories and are on display on the two floors of the building. The jewels from the “Golden Dawn of Art” on the first floor are inspired by the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods as well as the finds from prehistoric caves around the Mediterranean.

In the “Ilion” collection there are copies of the necklace and earrings, parts of the Treasure of Priamos that was uncovered by Heinrich Schliemann in Troy. The “Story of the Greek Jewel” consists of collections inspired by periods starting with the Bronze Age up until the Byzantine era while the fourth category includes jewels inspired by European, American and Asian cultures.

Two of the categories displayed on the second floor are inspired by nature and by modern technology and biology. The last category, called “Special Requests”, includes jewels and ornaments that were made on people’s special request.

"Suleyman the Magnificent" collection (1988) - Rings in 18K gold, rock crystal, and precious metals - Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry MuseumThe museum's cultural role focuses on promoting the history of jewelry and the goldsmith's art. A number of temporary exhibitions, research programs, publications and other cultural programs are continuously being presented. Further initiatives include social work and educational programs for students which use all the museum's facilities, such as a library, a prototype jewelry workshop for hands on experience and audio visual material.

Permanent collections and temporary exhibitions emphasize in practical jewelry-making and design, decorative and other applied arts and enhance the displays in a stimulating experience. The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is the first and only jewelry museum in Greece. Top

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Locaton map 12, Karyatidon and Kalisperi Street - Makrygianni
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