Lito Karakostanoglou opened her “Open Studio” in Athens in 1999, showcasing primarily one-off styles using a variety of materials. Lito was originally trained in Boston for marketing management and advertising. Despite being self-taught in jewellery and in light of her success in Athens, she wanted to further enhance her craftsmanship, so she moved to Paris in 2004.
For two years, Lito studied sculpture and life drawings at the Ecole des Beaux Arts as well as technical drawing for jewellery at the Ecole du Louvre.
During that time, she created pieces for Kenzo and Jean Paul Gaultier while also designing handbag charms for Zadig & Voltaire. Lito returned to Athens in 2007 to re-open her shop, much to the joy of her loyal clientele, inspired this time by the concept of the “Cabinets of Curiosities”.
Each piece takes root from a particular story from her quest of finding gems around the world and creating something exclusive and personal for her clients.
Design emanates from the properties of her chosen materials themselves rather than following some abstract notion. Gold embraces semi-precious stones and natural materials like corals and shells. Each piece retains its own energy and purpose.
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