NEW YORK – The 1821 bicentennial celebration continues with a collection of exquisite jewelry from Greek-American filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes and Greek designer Ileana Makri which were featured in Vogue magazine on December 10.
“Last year, Zoe Cassavetes gave new meaning to the term ‘heritage jewelry’,” Vogue reported, adding that “the director combined her love of jewelry with her Greek roots in a collaboration with the designer of Ileana Makri jewelry “.
The Liberty 1821 collection “celebrates the history of Greece, in particular the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence” and “the pieces, studded with precious stones, covered with enamel and in bright colors and in origin story, were designed with badges, ranging from crosses to banners crafted from sapphires and diamonds, which reflect the monumental Greek victory, ”reported Vogue.
Cassavetes and Makri “were introduced by a mutual friend during the pandemic and quickly bonded by their mutual love for jewelry and Greek history,” Vogue reported.
“Ileana is the coolest woman I’ve ever met,” Cassavetes told Vogue, who noted that “the two worked on the collection exclusively on Zoom, a meeting of minds that Cassavetes says has“ in. saved my brain during the lockdown ”.
“Makri, who has worked with talismans like the evil eye in the past, has dug deep into Greek history to unearth symbols of victory to use in the collection,” Vogue reported.
Makri told Vogue: “I came across a series of banners held up by several leaders of the Greek Revolution and thought they were absolutely breathtaking. They all had that deeper sense of freedom that led them to name this capsule collection Liberty. Each piece is an ode to the freedom which, for me, is the greatest value in life. Without it there is no life.
The collection “is a lesson in history wrapped in diamonds and gold,” Vogue reported, adding that “there is the Jesus Christ Victorious pendant, crafted in 18k white gold and featuring blue sapphires in the shape of a cross. It symbolizes the flag hoisted by General Dimitrios Plapoutas during the uprising in the city of Tripolitsa in 1818.
“Another magnificent and rich piece of facts is a ring based on the flag of Kastelorizo,” reported Vogue, noting that “made of 18k white gold and enamel, it includes a ruby heart to symbolize love. , and an anchor and cross made of blue diamonds that signal hope and faith. Rings and pendants open like a locket, similar to a poisoned ring – a style that contains something under the bezel – a pattern that Cassavetes and Makri have chosen to use throughout the collection.
Cassavetes, “who is half Greek on his father’s side (his father was director John Cassavetes), took advantage of the project to deepen his knowledge,” Vogue reported.
“Of course, being Greek it’s a tribute to my roots,” she told Vogue, adding that “it’s interesting to me because as you get older you think to yourself, ‘What is still my story ? Someone told you [about it] when you were young, you live your life, and finally, you say to yourself, “oh, i would like to know more about where i am from and these people. Plus, it’s an incredible civilization.
Cassavetes “models the pieces in a fairly modern way, throwing a pendant necklace over a white t-shirt or wearing a ring with a classic white button placket,” Vogue reported, noting that “although her love of all things Greek comes from her father, her obsession with jewelry comes from her mother, actress Gena Rowlands.
Cassavetes told Vogue: “I come from an old school mom and grandmother who put on a lot of jewelry all the time. It seemed really normal and very powerful and chic. Life is too short, so just let me put all my jewelry on and wear it! “
More information on the 1821 collection is available online: https://ileanamakri.com/.