Today, many of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary jewellers are based in Athens. Some, like Nikos Koulis, use the same traditional materials and techniques as the Ancient Greeks, while others cast their eyes further afield. Sher Makesh fuses inspirations from the Greek islands with arts and crafts from the Moroccan coastline and uses modern materials like coloured plastics.
The finest high-end jewellery stores are clustered around Syntagma, Plaka and Kolonaki. Start with Koukos Spyros, whose shop is in the covered arcade that connects Stadiou with Perikleous Street. His bright and colourful work effortlessly bridges the contemporary and the traditional. Just off the most exclusive pedestrian shopping street, Voukourestiou, is Yannis Sergakis’ space age flagship store, which houses his sublime pieces, mostly made with diamonds, that dazzle with their minimalist symmetry. Sergakis has simple rings for around 500 euros, while more elaborate pieces go for five digits.