Mythology has influenced art for centuries, especially in ancient Greece and Rome. Animals and symbols have been used to create powerful messages in fine art and sculpture, as well as in wearable works, such as jewelry. Konstantinos I. Leoussis reintroduces ancient creatures in modern forms. With designs displaying a passion for history and tradition, the new Teras collection plays on a love for mythology and monsters.
Konstantinos I. Leoussis, Founder and Designer of KIL NYC, says, “I created Teras to bring imaginary creatures into our world. Each scale is lovingly hand carved, and gemstones are meticulously selected to bring the Minotaur, Chimera and Argus from the pages of ancient times and into the world of modern jewelry. Our pieces are designed for world explorers, history buffs, and those who want to add a little eccentricity to their jewelry box.
The stories of ancient Greek gods and monsters were designed not only to entertain, but also to educate. Dating back thousands of years, mythology helps the modern reader to reflect on past civilizations through stories, and often parallels with modern society continue to be drawn. The Minotaur, half man, half bull, was hand carved into a Minos ring and pendant, which features the head of a bull, with horns to embody the strength and dominance of the Minotaur and its wearer. The Argus, god of surveillance, was a giant known to have eyes all over his body, to watch over and protect those around him. Vibrant and mystical, the KIL NYC Argus locket, cuff and studs display those same eyes, resembling a guardian and protector.
Visiting the dark side, the Chimera and Medusa were both considered monsters in mythology. A female fire-breathing creature, the Chimera has the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent. KIL NYC designed the Chimera hoop, cuff and ring to embody the spirit of the fearless creature, with its intricate design and flashy snake tail. In addition, the ring and cuff have matte and mirror finishes available on request to enhance the look. Additionally, Medusa, traditionally a monster of Greek mythology, has become a symbol of modern feminism, a femme fatale raging against the stigma of female sexuality. Medusa has a woman’s face and poisonous snakes for the hair, a signature look inspiring both the Medusa ring and pendant. Each flaunts their infamous head in fine art jewelry, the perfect gift for a modern feminist.
KIL NYC’s magnificent Harpie pendant, cuff and ring capture the half-human, half-bird characteristics of the mystical creature from classical mythology. Its wings are spread to affirm strength and the ability to fly, symbolizing the spirit of the wind. The Lernian pendant represents the fierce and immortal serpentine aquatic creature. Displaying its monstrous multiple heads, the pendant imparts unwavering strength and power to the wearer. KIL NYC’s Arrows of Hercules pendant promotes healing; arrows were gifts from Apollo, used in many feats. Finally, the scaly snake hook from the Teras collection is a magnificent representation of a snake, formed into a shaped hook – the snake as a symbol of a guardian spirit.
Each KIL NYC piece is made to order, allowing customers to choose their preferred metal and options for gemstone accents. The reclaimed and recycled precious metal options available include sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold. From design to manufacturing, every part is made in New York City, with all polishing and shipping done locally. To reduce waste, KIL NYC uses recycled paper materials for shipping and is carbon negative.
To contact KIL NYC, email Director of Sales and Operations, India Mankes-Falcon, at [email protected], or call / text 718-909-6429.