Lalaounis, Ilias

An 18ct Gold ‘Byzantine’ Convertible Necklace

An 18ct gold long sautoir necklace from the ‘Byzantine’ collection by Lalaounis c.1970s, the necklace 74cm in length and formed of alternating square and circular openwork motifs with stylised Greek-key pattern in heavily textured gold, to a concealed tongue and box clasp. The necklace comes apart to form two shorter necklaces of equal length that sit around the base of the throat. In designing this necklace Lalaounis was inspired by the art of Byzantium, a period during which he believed the goldsmiths art excelled. The repeating geometric pattern of the ancient Greek-key motif is juxtaposed against the modern heavily textured finish of the gold which became very popular during the 1970s. The versatility of this necklace only adds to its appeal, allowing it to be worn short or long, you could even wear both shorter necklaces together, in a contemporary overlapping style.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed Lalaounis
Weight description162 grams
DimensionsEach necklace 37cm/ 14.6" long and 1.5cm/ 0.6" wide
Joined together they are 74cm / 29.2" long

Literature & Exhibitions

An image of the necklace appears on p.142 of ‘Metamorphoses’ book by Ilias Lalaounis


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Lalaounis, Ilias

“I feel that in all my creations I have been profoundly influenced by Greek art.  All my various collections have one common denominator, which is some idea, some design, some technique derived from the art of Greece.”

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