Since launching her collection in 1996, Ileana Makri has been blazing a trail with her inventive and often playful fine jewellery. From her headquarters in Athens, Greece, Ileana designs collections that draw on her home country’s rich mythology, along with motifs of mysticism, religion and artistic movements.
About the designer
The designer, who studied jewellery design at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, calls her designs “feminine,” yet they always have an edge.
Single Dewdrop Earrings
Wisdom Eye Ring
Tiny Hoops and Hanging Diamonds Earrings
Tiny Baguette Eye Stud (single)
Tiny Baguette Eye Single Stud Yellow Gold
Thread stripes band
Thread Band Yellow Diamonds
Thread Band White diamonds
How we curate our
- Every designer we showcase at Auverture has a signature, defined by the recognisable style and knowledge that sets them apart from the rest
- We believe jewellery tells a story, not just about your style but about who you are. That’s why our curators build collections that speak to the past, present and future of influential design
- Creating jewellery is an artform and we’re committed to celebrating that. Each piece we curate is technically exceptional, crafted with expertise, skill and creativity
- As a platform looking to the future, it’s important that all of our designers align with our eco-conscious mission. As a result, the pieces we curate are always purposeful and always ethical
Why we curated this designer
Indeed, Ileana was instrumental in putting the pavé technique back on the fine jewellery map, working with Greek craftspeople to set stones on her jewellery in both pavé and micro pavé patterns. It was Greece that first inspired Ileana to experiment with the technique, as she used pavé diamonds to replicate the effect of “the billions of stars in the sky over the Cycladic Islands,” she says.
Now, these shimmering, tiny diamonds have become an instantly recognisable signature of Ileana’s work. They’re also seen in her striking ‘Evil Eye’ collection, which takes its cues from Mesopotamian evil eye charms that are meant to offer protection from evil spirits. Ileana has re-imagined the idea with diamonds and precious coloured stones, as in her beautiful ‘Dawn Ring’ fashioned in 18kt pink gold and pavé set with white, black, purple and green diamonds in an evil eye pattern.