ABOUT THE BRAND
Elena Kougianou Jewels is a jewellery brand that was created by Elena Kougianou in 2011. With love for vintage jewellery, colorful minerals, and unusual adornment designs, each collection pays homage to traditional craftsmanship with an eye to experimental design. The characteristics of all collections are the metallic lace details, precious stone earrings, and double-fingered rings. All pieces are handmade in Athens, Greece by using a thousand years old techniques such as the lost wax technique, granulation, and filigree.
Elena draws inspiration from the geometry of the Art Deco era, the softness of Art Nouveau and the history of Ancient Greek designs. The result is bold, contemporary and feminine pieces that blend gold, amethysts, chrysoprase, tourmalines and other beautiful stones together.
The brand quickly gained positive feedback, and pieces were featured in magazines such as Wallpaper, Vogue Gioiello, Madame Figaro and InStyle.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Elena Kougianou currently lives and works in Athens, Greece. After gaining a degree in political science in the United Kingdom, Elena started exploring the worlds of fashion and arts. She then continued her educational and professional journey by making two important stops, one in London and another one in the city of New York.
At this point, Elena found her final destination, which was no other than jewellery design. With a strong passion for traveling and exploring the history of jewellery making, she is a person who receives lots of energy from the busy and colorful everyday life in the center of the city. In fact, Elena Kougianou primarily found inspiration in the mesmerizing colors and unique stones of India.
Through traveling and meeting new people, she has learned many interesting details about far away traditions and lifestyles, other than the western ones. Such experience has offered her the ability to add small bits of cultural diversity in her designs.
She currently designs her own line of jewellery, Utopia Elena Kougianou, while her main driving force of creative stimulation are different artistic movements of the past, producing items that combine volume, theatricality, and romanticism.