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Alexia Gryllaki: When Gemmology meets Fine Art

Alexia Gryllaki’s Lyrical One-of-A-Stone Fine Jewellery Collection

The portrait of Alexia Grillaki

Fine jewellery designer Alexia Gryllaki is on a jewellery mission-to break down the barriers that separate precious from semi-precious gemstones. In that, she has been more than successful. Alexia’s eponymous fine jewellery brand crafts jewellery pieces that are at once poetic in their composition and geometrically inclined in their design. However, as a gemmologist, the heart of each of her one-of-a-kind fine jewellery pieces is the gemstones she uses, precious alongside semi-precious, showcased in a way that highlights their unique appeal.

One-Of-A-Stone Collection, Alexia Grillaki

An award-winning jewellery designer and a trained gemmologist, Alexia's path to jewellery creation took a few detours along the way, although in hindsight, even they seem very intuitive. Alexia has an under-graduate degree in Philosophy and History of Science and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance. Nevertheless, she left the world of academia and banking in 2012 to complete her jewellery design and gemmology education from GIA London. Since then, she has never looked back. These days Alexia divides her time between London and Athens. Finding the extraordinary in what others would dismiss as nothing more than ordinary, she draws inspiration for her jewellery pieces from everyday things that she observes around her-flora, fauna, architecture and especially fine art.

One-Of-A-Stone Collection, Alexia Grillaki

Alexia’s One-of-a-Stone fine jewellery collection is a jewelled ode to colour. The collection is a selection of one-of-a-kind, limited edition pieces, crafted with the intention of revealing the outstanding beauty of coloured gemstones. Precious and semi-precious gems vie with one another, in colour, shape and depth, until no distinction between the two is left and as jewellery lovers, we are left to marvel at pieces that speak to us at a visceral level. Alexia describes this collection as “an abstract gemological painting, where gold is the canvas and gemstones are the paint.” And this is exactly how it is. The lines of the pieces are simple, clean, fluid, almost geometric but not quite. This is brilliant because it allows the focus to rest on the gemstones and the overall look and designs of the pieces, without any distractions.

One-Of-A-Stone Collection. The delightfully distinctive colour palettes of gemstones set in 18 kt yellow and white gold.

The overall aesthetic of the collection veers towards minimalism but there is an unmistakable opulence in the cut and textures of the gemstones. From smooth cabochons to crisply faceted gems, the different textures beckon and charm. The delightfully distinctive colour palettes of the pieces draw inspiration from fine art. Early twentieth century impressionist art works of Monet and Klimt are reflected in the warm colours of pieces featuring corals, opals, and champagne diamonds. But that’s not all. Abstract, surrealist shades of Rothko and Richter's paintings can be seen in the vibrancy of rhodolite garnets, sapphires and emeralds that adorn other pieces. The hues weave a spell and it’s the gems that make it a reality.

One-Of-A-Stone Collection, The collection is an assemblage of small pieces of art; each jewellery article is an abstract gemological painting, where gold is the canvas and gemstones are the paint.

Alexia Gryllaki’s One-of-a Stone Fine jewellery collection is a celebration of colour, shape and form, but mostly it is an exploration of precious and semi-precious gemstones and the exquisite characteristics which make them, well, jewels. Each limited edition, one-of-a-kind piece speaks to a distinct colour palette, a special pairing of gemstones, highlighted in jewellery pieces that are sleek and very contemporary. Alexia Gryllaki’s jewellery pieces are unique and have an interesting story to tell and as a fine jewellery designer she making her place in the world of jewellery.

One-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces unveil the extraordinary beauty of gemstones.


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