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©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
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Dolly Boucoyannis

  • Jewellery maker
  • Athens, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Dolly Boucoyannis Jewellery maker
Contact
Greek, English, Italian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 6944364595
©Hristiana Halkiopoulou

Beneath the shiny surface

  • • Dolly makes personalised jewellery and objects
  • • She creates a balance between shapes and colours
  • • She tries to illustrate what lies behind a jewel

Dolly Boucoyannis was always attracted to jewellery’s small-scale sculptural and decorative qualities. She studied jewellery making in the United Kingdom and gemmology in the United States, and then gained valuable experience with craftsman Lefteris Vergidis in Athens. Opening her first workshop in Florence in 1984, she collaborated with Florentine jewellery master Dino Bernardoni, before returning to Athens five years later. Using techniques like filigree, bezel-setting, loop-in-loop chain-making and granulation, you will find Dolly reviving old pieces or creating new ones inspired by nature, antiquity and history, alongside her dear apprentice Stratos Pavleas. She ‘fuses’ brass, copper, steel, silver and gold with glass, marble, pearls and diamonds to make dazzling jewellery.

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Works

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Photo: ©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
Formica della sabbia

This sculptural 18k gold ring is built around a piece of driftwood from the sea, with an ant-like shape. Dolly Boucoyannis has placed a grey pebble and a greenish grey Tahiti cultured pearl on top of the driftwood. The latter two are separated by a light brown diamond, all set in 18k yellow gold.

Photo: ©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
Whirling Wires

This pair of long 18k gold earrings are handcrafted from two matching but non-identical “whirling forms”, made of a fine, wire-like gold tube. These gold tubes give the impression of volume, while being very light to wear. Hanging fromthe “whirling wire” form of each earring is a green faceted tourmaline and a drop cabochon translucent aquamarine.

Height 6 cm
Width 1 cm

Photo: ©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
Fibula

This long brass brooch, Fibula, is inspired by an ancient technique of wire making and decorated using a freehand repousse technique, following linear motifs found on antique jewellery and objects. The brooch is held from the back with a detachable piece made of two hooks held together by an elastic string. This way the brooch can be seen as an object or worn as a brooch.

Height 12 cm
Width 2 cm

Photo: ©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
Slate

This necklace is made of a charcoal-grey flat natural slate pebble, set in 18k gold and suspended from four long grey silver chains. The pebble is held by a strip of 18k gold which is locked in place by a stringing gold ring on the top, set with diamonds.

Length 90 cm
Height 7 cm
Width 4.5 cm

Photo: ©Hristiana Halkiopoulou
Slate

This handmade copper chain, made using an antique loop in loop technique, holds a mosaic pebble with filigree and prong-setting made from copper, 22k gold and diamonds.

Length 60 cm
Height 3 cm
Width 4 cm

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