NEW YORK – Mythology has influenced art for centuries, especially in ancient Greece and Rome. Animals and symbols have created powerful messages in fine art and sculpture, as well as wearable artwork, i.e. jewelry. Konstantinos I. Leoussis, originally from Aegina, Attica, Greece, reintroduces ancient mythological creatures in modern forms in his latest designs from the new Teras collection, which displays Leoussis’ passion for history and tradition all playing on the love of mythology and monsters.
Konstantinos I. Leoussis, founder and designer of KIL NYC, spoke to the National Herald about the collection: “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, emphasizing the steadfastness of human nature and offering insight into the past, morals and culture of the ancients who speak to us. still today. Although stories date back thousands of years, mythology continues to inspire us.
Leoussis shared some of the highlights of the Teras collection: The Minotaur, half man and half bull, was hand carved into a Minos ring and pendant, which features the head of a bull, with horns embodying the strength and dominance of the Minotaur. and its carrier. 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.
On the darker 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. 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 item displays her infamous head in fine art jewelry, the perfect gift for a modern feminist.
KIL NYC’s magnificent Harpy 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 with the snake as a symbol of a guardian spirit.
Each KIL NYC piece is made to order, allowing customers to choose the desired metal and options for gemstone accents. Salvaged and recycled precious metal options are also available, including 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.
Jeweler Konstantinos Leoussis created KIL NYC in 2018, to show his love for the techniques and patterns of yesteryear. KIL NYC brings an avant-garde and modern touch to sentimental jewelry, creating styles that are both easy to wear and instantaneous.
When asked how long the Teras collection took from idea to realization, Leoussis told TNH: “It took from August 2020 to July 2021. I had a lot of ideas and I had a lot of ideas. needed time to practice my sculptures, inspire me, and more.
Of the upcoming projects for KIL NYC, Leoussis said, “We’re working on a ton of new artist and celebrity collaborations as well as a spring / summer collection.”
More information is available online: https://kil-nyc.com.