On a summer night in the Greek islands, the skies are filled with millions of tiny stars. That sparkling display inspired Ileana Makri to design jewelry covered with the brilliance of tiny micropave diamonds. At home in Paris and New York as well as her native Athens, Ileana is a global nomad. Her sleek modern designs are often layered with meaning from the symbols and icons of many cultures, including evil eyes and snakes. A fashion favorite, her jewelry has graced the runway shows of London designer Marios Schwab and The Row by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
IN HER WORDS
“Symbolism to me is a universal language, beyond borders, that most people understand. I like to make jewelry pieces that have meaning behind them.
Women today want jewelry that makes every day precious, that makes them feel good, that portrays their personality. When you wear my pieces and you live with them they become part of you. At the end of the day, they can take you everywhere and you are still looking great. And the occasion doesn’t have to be anything special because you are special and that’s all that’s important.”
WHAT WE LOVE
We love Ileana’s bold symbols because they are fashionable yet there’s something timeless about them too. But this jewelry’s refined craftsmanship and design set even simple designs apart. Her thread bands, for example, are impossibly thin yet strong, making them ideal to stack. Every finely rendered detail of delicate hoops or a graceful snake ring is perfected. Pieces are beautiful from every angle. You can’t understand the difference in workmanship without seeing them in person: if you are looking for classics that will last, definitely try a few of Ileana’s pieces on Memo. They are an education in fine jewelry craftsmanship.