Large vintage ring "à la grecque" by Zolotas, Athens circa 1965
The reference to the forms of the past is a recurring motif in the history of jewellery. Not only in the 19th century, when successively the Middle Ages, then the Renaissance, then the Baroque became a new fashion. In the modern age, too, the past is by no means so distant that designers and artists have not repeatedly helped themselves anew from the treasure trove of the past. Especially in Italy and Greece, the reference to antiquity is of course always a moment to reassure oneself of one's own history. The famous designs of the Bulgari jewellery dynasty in Rome, for example, repeatedly play with references to antiquity by incorporating either the forms or actual objects of antiquity such as ancient coins into the jewellery. In Athens, on the other hand, the Maison Zolotas has been creating jewelry since 1895 that keeps the cultural richness of Greek history alive. Especially in the post-World War II era, Zolotas experienced a meteoric rise as stars and celebrities such as Aristotles Onassis, the Kennedys, Romy Schneider, Elizabeth Taylor and Maria Callas ordered gold jewelry from Zolotas. Direct quotations from antique jewellery such as lion heads, meandering shapes or sunbeams are part of the designs of this period, as well as the pleasure of heavy, high-carat gold, which immediately reminds of the jewellery of classical antiquity. The ring here was made in the 1960s and designed as a tall cone with a semi-circular top. The body is studded all over with small spherical shapes, reminiscent of the ancient technique of granulation. The fact that the ring is so hughe and large that it can hardly be worn in everyday life is intentional: it is a reminder that jewellery was once invented to adorn, not to be useful. And in this case to capture the light of the Greek sun and spread luxury. We were able to purchase the ring together with a second, identical ring here in Berlin.
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