Greece has a 5000 years’ tradition in jewelry making. The Greeks set the trend of jewelry using precious metals and stones. Their craftsmanship in various fields was considered to be of the best quality and the word describing that was “ta kreitto”.
We, at “kreitto jewels”, are inspired by and are basing our ideas on our country’s jewelry background, with a contemporary view as to designing. We started creating unique handmade jewelry more than 40 years ago, mainly wholesale at first. Our jewels are entirely handmade in our workshop in Greece, by Greek artisans.
We love to work with sterling silver (925º) due to its shiny and yet sweet color that combines perfectly with any kind of stone. Silver is allowing us the freedom to express our creativity beyond limitations, while at the same time using silver also allows us to recycle the parts not used, following environmentally friendly methods.
Other genuine materials of high quality such as genuine red Coral from Aegean sea, mother of Pearl, Greek fossils of Ammonite, sea Shells, Amethyst, Turquoise, Onyx, Lapis lazuli and many others are combined with silver with extraordinary results.
During all these years of experience, we have pioneered in introducing genuine red Coral from the Aegean sea and Greek fossils of Ammonites into the Greek and European jewelry market. Genuine red Coral and Fossils of Ammonite are of our expertise. The fossils of Ammonite we use come from the land of Peloponnese and specifically from the historically rich Epidaurus region.
We always try to locate and use raw local materials from our country. This is our way to emphasize the concept “Greek product”, meaning not only that is made in Greece but with Greek materials as well. This is a way of exporting our country’s tradition in jewelry making. This is a way of offering small pieces of our country to those who love it. This is our way of promoting Greece and its tradition and creativity all over the world; making fine pieces of jewelry reflecting inspiration, design and creation. In other words, making memories that last for a lifetime.
Choosing the best of raw material, the best of people to work with and following the best after sales practices, we are establishing strong and trusty relationships with our customers from all over the world.
The high demand of our jewelry lead us to launch an exclusive retail shop in the historical neighborhood of Plaka, just under the Akropolis, at 130 Adrianou Str..You will find our store under the name “ikonomou & friends”. The store is honorary named “Ikonomou” after one of its founders and “friends” after the friendly and professional relationship we have built through the years with our customers. Visit us and find out yourself.
Inspiration is the core or our work. Living in a city like Athens we are surrounded by visuals that trigger our senses. A walk around the Akropolis, a wave of the Greek Riviera, the Athenian blue sky, a piece of coral from the Aegean sea can unexpectedly make us “click” to move on to the next step, the jewel’s design.
Design is the most crucial part of our work. We start by creating the first draft on paper and then we take it through our team’s experts for further discussion. Keeping in mind the different perspectives is the only way a jewel can be improved. When this stage is finished we begin to work on the jewel’s creation.
We choose the right material, we work with the wax around the stone, other times we work with the silver around it or sometimes we use both methods. We make sure that the outcome of the jewel is up to our craftsmanship’s high standards and that the jewel we designed comes out as beautiful as we imagined it.
Our main goal is to create jewelry that combine art, class, originality and high quality. At “kreitto jewels” we create unique “images” and pieces that tell stories of our heart and soul inspired by the Greek land. They are designed with sincere love and crafted with excellence that you can carry for a lifetime like a sweet memory. After all we are “memory makers”.
If you want to find your very own “memory” all of our designs are in our exclusive retail shop “ikonomou & friends”, in Plaka, at 130 Adrianou street, just a couple minutes walk from Akropolis. If you find yourself in Athens feel free to visit us or take an online journey through our collections.