Ileana Makri Uncompromisingly Contemporary and Simultaneously Timeless Jewelry

18k Rose Gold Lady Bug Pendant with Rubies and Black Diamonds
18k Rose Gold Lady Bug Pendant with Rubies and Black Diamonds

Fascinated by the beautiful iridescent beetles of native Greece Ileana embarked on a journey to discover the bugs and beetles of the world. A book by Christopher Marley, Pheromone which she discovered at Barney’s in New York, blew her away with its fascinating beetle varieties in wonderful vibrant colors. Having been enchanted by the diversity of shape and the glorious color combinations I came across Ileana felt the irresistible urge to translate the world of bugs into my work.

18K Yellow Gold Necklace With Round Yellow Sapphire, Square Rodolite, Oval Chrom Diopside And Pear Orange Sapphires On 45cm Yellow Gold Chain
18K Yellow Gold Necklace With Round Yellow Sapphire, Square Rodolite, Oval Chrom Diopside And Pear Orange Sapphires On 45cm Yellow Gold Chain




To compete with nature is an impossible goal, but Ileana tried her best using multicolored diamonds, rubies, sapphires, tsavorites and a lot of love.

The talented jewelry designer, Ileana Makri, was born in Greece and still resides there. She travels extensively for design inspiration, and shares her time between Greece, London, Paris and New York City, allowing her to embrace and celebrate different cultures and landscapes within her craft.

Originally obtaining a degree in Business Administration, Ileana then went on to follow her true passion and studied jewelry design at the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica).

18k White Gold Ring with Pastel Blue Sapphires.
18k White Gold Ring with Pastel Blue Sapphires.

From a young age, Ileana has been fascinated by gemstones. Their geometric shapes, bright colors and overwhelming light. This lead her to design her eponymous Gem collection. In this collection she recreates gemstones with her favorite technique of pave setting in vivid vibrant colors.

In 1987, Ileana ventured into retail, opening her first store, Mageia, meaning enchantment or magic in Greek. This treasure chest in the heart of Athens still thrives with an eclectic assortment of international fashion, art, and jewelry; showcasing collections from The Row, Lucien Pellat Finet, Denis Colomb, Rick Owen, and of course Ileana Makri’s signature fine jewelry collection.

In addition to her travels, Ileana continues to draw inspiration from multicultural symbols and their meaning. Her jewelry features a range of mystical and figurative symbols. “Symbols have a broad, universal appeal that crosses cultures”, says the designer, who draws inspiration from various religions and other beliefs including Greek mythology. Ileana is particularly intrigued by the “evil eye”, a symbol that in Mediterranean countries serves as protection from negative forces.

The collections, have an irresistible feminine appeal, stamped by Ileana’s signature refined aesthetic and use of old world craftsmanship as well as the astounding attention to detail and her boundless creativity. The underlying “rock chic” approach to the design makes her jewelry uncompromisingly contemporary and simultaneously timeless. In her own words Ileana Makri creates “jewelry for no special occasion.”




Sterling Silver, palladium plated Chantilly lace cuff
Sterling Silver, palladium plated Chantilly lace cuff
Star Grey Diamond And Ruby Sterling Silver Studs Oxidised
Star Grey Diamond And Ruby Sterling Silver Studs Oxidised
18K Rose Gold Ring With Pink Sapphires
18K Rose Gold Ring With Pink Sapphires

 

18k pink gold cobra ring with rubies and white diamond eyes
18k pink gold cobra ring with rubies and white diamond eyes

Ileana’s fascination with nature and symbolism inspired her to develop her eponymous best-selling Snake Collection, now considered among her classics. Working in her signature aesthetic and her unique interpretation of beauty, Ileana’s most recent addition to the range is the Berus ring. A unique piece from this collection created in organic form, seamlessly combining the natural strength of the beast with Ileana’s refined and sensual interpretation of it.





Erica Courtney Creates Whimsical Designs With Intricate Details

DOUBLE TROUBLE RING 18K Yellow gold ring featuring 11.81 ctw. of Indicolite Tourmalines 2.60 ctw. of Mint Tourmalines with 1.73 ctw. of Diamonds.
DOUBLE TROUBLE RING
18K Yellow gold ring featuring 11.81 ctw. of Indicolite Tourmalines 2.60 ctw. of Mint Tourmalines with 1.73 ctw. of Diamonds.

 

 

Erica Courtney has defined style and luxury with and iconic collection of chic statement pieces that pushes the boundaries of artisan jewelry. Her jewelry is adorned with vivid colored jewels, whimsical designs and intricate details seduces one with the perfect blend of feminine charm and attraction.




ROYAL RING 18K Yellow Gold ring featuring a 26.11 ct. Black Opal, .58 ctw. of Blue Sapphires, and 2.23 ctw. of Diamonds.
ROYAL RING
18K Yellow Gold ring featuring a 26.11 ct. Black Opal, .58 ctw. of Blue Sapphires, and 2.23 ctw. of Diamonds.

The unique beauty of every woman inspires Erica’s collections. Her designs reflect the power and poise of those who wear them, through the exquisite craftsmanship of renowned master goldsmiths. Erica’s passion for colored gemstones drives her to travel the world, searching for the most rare and stunning natural gemstones to form the centerpieces of her jewelry.
Signature Erica Courtney jewelry encompasses countless paved diamonds, eye-catching vintage colored stones, rare Tahitian pearls, all in 18k gold and platinum custom settings with exceptional attention to detail. Every single gem and pearl is handpicked by Erica herself. By working only with pieces she loves, pieces that attract and inspire her, Erica’s intense love affair with jewelry is embodied in each and every dazzling piece in her collection. Regardless of the outfit, Eric Courtney jewelry can make anyone feel like royalty, and undeniably Gorgeous.




JUBILLE EARRINGS 18K Yellow gold earrings featuring 63.92 ctw. Blue Opal Drops with 1.67 ctw. of Tourmalines and 0.80 ctw. of Diamonds.
JUBILLE EARRINGS
18K Yellow gold earrings featuring 63.92 ctw. Blue Opal Drops with 1.67 ctw. of Tourmalines and 0.80 ctw. of Diamonds.
TSAVORITE EARRINGS 18K Yellow Gold earrings featuring 8.53 ctw. of Opal, 4.79 ctw. of Tsavorite, and .60 ctw. of Diamonds.
TSAVORITE EARRINGS
18K Yellow Gold earrings featuring 8.53 ctw. of Opal, 4.79 ctw. of Tsavorite, and .60 ctw. of Diamonds.
CITRINE BRACELET Citrine bracelet featuring 18K Yellow Gold clasp with .05 ctw. of Diamonds.
CITRINE BRACELET
Citrine bracelet featuring 18K Yellow Gold clasp with .05 ctw. of Diamonds.
PARADISE PENDANT 18K Yellow Gold pendant featuring a 50.78 ct. Tourmaline, 1.89 ctw. of Diamonds, and .61 ctw. of Paraiba.
PARADISE PENDANT
18K Yellow Gold pendant featuring a 50.78 ct. Tourmaline, 1.89 ctw. of Diamonds, and .61 ctw. of Paraiba.

 

AQUA PENDANT Platinum pendant featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine with 2.02 ctw. of Diamonds. Chain Sold Sepearetly.
AQUA PENDANT
Platinum pendant featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine with 2.02 ctw. of Diamonds.
Chain Sold Sepearetly.
KUNZITE ISABELLE RING 18K Yellow gold ring featuring a 37.27 ct. Kunzite, 1.92 ct.w of Diamonds and 0.82 ctw. of Purple Sapphires.
KUNZITE ISABELLE RING
18K Yellow gold ring featuring a 37.27 ct. Kunzite, 1.92 ct.w of Diamonds and 0.82 ctw. of Purple Sapphires.





The Victorian Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara, bracelet and brooch which belonged to Hannah, Countess of Rosebery, feature sizable natural pearls and clusters of diamonds-epitomizing the grandeur of Victorian court adornment.

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“The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara, bracelet and brooch were at the heart of Lady Rosebery’s vast array of magnificent jewels, which rivaled those of the crowned heads of Europe at the time. They are a rare survival of 19th century English aristocratic splendour, as so much ancestral jewellery has been sold anonymously, remounted or broken down. Having descended through various branches of the family and survived the vicissitudes of fashion, the jewels were sold from a private collection for the first time since their creation nearly 140 years ago.” – Keith Penton, Head of Jewels Christie’s London 

This striking tiara was once the property of a woman said to have been the wealthiest woman in England, Hannah, Countess of Rosebery (1851-1890), and was an important member of a jewel collection rich enough to rival a royal collection. The Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara has a base of clusters of large button (bouton) natural pearls surrounded by old-cut diamonds and a top of seven natural pearl and diamond drops, all set in silver and gold. It’s a versatile diadem with multiple detachable pieces; the top pieces can be removed (in the same fashion as the Londonderry Tiara , also crafted by Garrard) leaving the bottom row as a smaller tiara, and the buttons can also be used to form six brooches with the top pieces as pendants. A bracelet and brooch, each featuring more clusters of button pearls and diamonds, completed the set.

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The tiara dates from about 1878, the same year Hannah de Rothschild married the 5th Earl of Rosebery. Born into the famous banking empire, she was the only child of Mayer de Rothschild and when he died in 1874, the fortune she inherited made her the richest woman in England at the time. Her aristocratic marriage did not come without obstacles, caused particularly by religion (she was Jewish, he was not, and there were hurdles to jump on both sides), but they became an influential couple and her money financed her popular husband’s rise through the political structure. He eventually became prime minister, but she sadly would not live to see it; she died suddenly at the age of 39 in 1890.

Following her death, her husband stored her jewels for nearly 20 years, until their eldest son married and the jewels were split between their four children. Harry, Lord Dalmeny (the future 6th Earl of Rosebery), wed in 1909 and this set of pearl and diamond jewelry was given to his bride, Dorothy Grosvenor, granddaughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster and sister to the 3rd Duke. It passed down in the family and was last known to be part of the collection of the current Duke and Duchess of Westminster , because it was included in a magazine feature on their family jewels. It was sold by Christie’s in 2011 as the property of a private collector, where the tiara went for $1.9 million and the brooch and bracelet together brought in nearly $950,000.

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Exquisite Jewelry at David Morris The London Jeweller

24.56ct natural Ceylon oval Sapphire mounted with pear-shape diamond surround and micro-set white diamonds Total weight 33.01cts
24.56ct natural Ceylon oval Sapphire mounted with pear-shape diamond surround and micro-set white diamonds Total weight 33.01cts

 

The legendary career of David Morris began in 1951, when at age 15, he learned the craft of diamond mounting by apprenticing a master jeweller in Hatton Garden, the centre of London’s jewellery trade. After a short stint at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts, he qualified as a goldsmith in 1959. Setting up his own Hatton Garden jewellery firm in 1962, David Morris quickly became an internationally known name as he and his design partner, Anne Seymour, successively claimed the ninth and tenth De Beers Diamonds International Awards, given annually in New York to promote innovative design.




Yellow pear shape diamond necklace with white marquise and pear cut diamonds Total yellow diamond weight 105.32cts Total white diamond weight 51.54cts with matching earrings
Yellow pear shape diamond necklace with white marquise and pear cut diamonds
Total yellow diamond weight 105.32cts Total white diamond weight 51.54cts with matching earrings

 

Today, the skilled craftsmen in the New Bond Street workshop bring Jeremy’s visions to life. Each jewel is hand-made, they are mostly one-of-a-kind and there are no mass-production techniques.




Important Colombian emerald necklace with white oval-cut diamonds Total emerald weight 160.59cts Total diamond weight 36.13cts
Important Colombian emerald necklace with white oval-cut diamonds Total emerald weight 160.59cts Total diamond weight 36.13cts

 

In 2003, Jeremy Morris was appointed managing director and principal designer of David Morris. Renowned for creating unique pieces from coloured precious gems in innovative shapes and unusual hues, Jeremy allows each precious stone’s inherent characteristics to inspire his design process. Under Jeremy’s direction, David Morris has expanded globally while continuing the tradition of adorning the world’s most beautiful women with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Yasmin Le Bon, Eva Mendes and Beyoncé all appearing on the red carpet in spectacular David Morris jewels.




6.00ct E/VS1 heart shape diamond flexi bangle with white pear shapes and pink diamond surrounds
6.00ct E/VS1 heart shape diamond flexi bangle with white pear shapes and pink diamond surrounds

 

For over five decades, royalty and international collectors have composed the clientele of the esteemed British jewellery brand which David Morris established in 1962. Jeremy Morris has since followed in his father’s footsteps and is now managing director and principal designer of David Morris. From within the elegant New Bond Street atelier, in the heart of London, beautiful couture jewellery is hand crafted to the highest standards using only the finest stones to ensure each unique piece is a work of art. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our boutiques in the near future.