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Lift Your Spirits at the Miami Greek Festival

Lift your spirits!  Come visit our booth at the St. Sophia Greek Festival in Miami, Florida, USA. We'll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of St. Sophia's fantastic Greek Fest! Be the first to see Maria-Tina's newest pieces, jewelry & gift collection.  Come by and hunt for your favorite new treasures.

Fri, Sat, Sun, March 2, 3, and 4, 2018.  11am - 11pm, Sun. 11am - 9pm

Enjoy Opa!  Dance, Music, Cuisine, Culture, History, Hospitality.

https://www.stsophiamiami.org/upcomingevents

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Greece at Your Fingertips

Make your favorite summer outfits shine with Maria-Tina's latest piece, the Star Path Ring. This sleek, simple design is inspired by the modern lines trending now but with a signature Maria-Tina ode to antiquity. Simple enough to be worn with your favorite tee shirt and shorts yet elegant and sparkly enough to stand out against your best dress at an elegant evening party. No matter how fancy or festive your summer plans, this piece is sure to make your outfit sparkle and bring the Greek Isles to your fingertips. 

Star Path Ring $2400

  • 14 Karat Rose Gold and Blue Diamonds 
  • 13 blue diamonds in the front and 1 in the back
  • 1 ready to ship size 7
  • Custom made to your size
  • Call Maria-Tina at (415) 299-1442 to order or to set up a custom design consultation

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Blue Diamonds for the One You Love

Blue Diamonds for the One You Love

 

 

Introducing Blue Diamonds!  Natural ones are rare and expensive like the "Royal Blue Diamond" ring above.

Maria-Tina has sourced some "enhanced" blue diamonds which are much more reasonable!  She's in love with their bright colors and sparkle like the color of the Greek Island seas.

Diamond, a symbol of clarity, resiliance and new beginnings, is the perfect stone to give to the people you love. Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, an engagement or just because, the Greek Island House team is happy to provide these unique sparkling blue diamonds to help you send your love in a very special way.

Take a look below at Maria-Tina's most recent hand made custom pieces, a 14k rose gold engagement ring and 14k & 18k lovely mini spiral rings featuring only the best, hand selected Blue Diamonds. 

To start your own custom piece, call, text or write Maria-Tina directly at  415-299-1442, jewelry@Maria-TinaVision.com.

There's still time to order for Greek Easter (May 1) and Mother's Day (May 8) 2016

Maria-Tina Minoan Blue Diamond Jewelry

" Poseidon's Daughter's Ring"
.32 carats tw, and 14k rose gold starting at $3,500.
 

 

 

"Poseidon's Daughter Collection", .08 carats tw, and 18k gold, $850.

"Poseidon's Daughter Collection", .06 carats tw, and 14k gold, $550.

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Celebrate Spring - JOIN US!

Spring is here and in the San Francisco Bay Area this means an explosion of events and opportunity to celebrate Greek Culture.  For the past several years the Greek Island House team has enjoyed some of these events as inspiration for all that we do on the website and, for Maria-Tina in the studio.  This year we are extending the invitation to all of you. Come join us as we celebrate Greek art, culture and best of all Greek food at these events over the next few months.

If you do end up joining us, don't forget to dress the part at these Greek events with some Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry. This season we are loving turquoise tassels (shown below). SHOP NOW. 

May 1st – Greek Easter, celebrated at all Greek/ Eastern Orthodox Churches 

May 20 – 22ndGreek Festival in Oakland CA more info here 

Let us know where your favorite Greek Event is happening this Spring!
Top photo at St. Sophia's Greek Festival in Miami, FL, February 2016
Maria-Tina with collectors Margaret S. and Nicholas H, photo by Barbara Robbins

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Ancient Bronze

 

Browsing the fashion jewelry section of Bloomingdale's or Nordstrom today you might find more pieces made of Ancient Bronze than you've ever seen before. Larger jewelers and retailers are starting to catch on to something Maria-Tina has known for years. Ancient Bronze is a great metal for that sparkly rose gold look for a lower price. 

So What is Ancient Bronze?

Ancient Bronze is a metal alloy first created in ancient times and composed of a combination of 10% tin and 90% copper. Bronze has been used since the 4th millennium B.C.E. by many different cultures and civilizations around the world. But it was commonly found in archaeological dig sites in Iran and Thailand where both tin and copper are found in the same location naturally. Ancient Bronze was such a strong and useful metal it was used for everything from tools and weapons to jewelry and headdresses.

Today Bronze is a beautiful alternative metal for fashion jewelry offering the look of rose gold without the hefty price tag. Like great art, each piece of Maria-Tina's bronze jewelry is unique because of her process and how special properties in the metal react under fire. The color/ finish of bronze can range from antiqued gold to rose gold with different patinas. 

Maria-Tina offers many of her best designs in Ancient Bronze at great prices. Shop her Ancient Bronze collection now!

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3 Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry

1. JEWELER’S HALLMARK - Good jewelers leave their mark; they want people to know they created the jewelry you’re wearing. Look for a mark on the back or inside of your jewelry with the jeweler’s name or a branded symbol. This will tell you who made the piece and if it’s really worth the price.


2. METAL CONTENT - “Hallmark” or "Quality Mark" is the official term to describe the mark on the back or inside of your jewelry with numbers like: 16k, 18k, 22k, or 24k indicating the metal content of your jewelry. If you see 22k or a lower number followed by "k" on your jewelry, it has 92% or less gold and 8% or more other metal. Pure Gold is more durable when mixed with other metals. A 24k on the back of your jewelry indicates solid gold. This pure gold is more expensive but can be easier to scratch, so choose the metal that works better for you.
2. PLATING – Some gold jewelry isn’t solid. At department stores and big box retailers much of the gold colored jewelry is only plated with gold. These plated pieces are actually made of less expensive metals such as copper and silver, reducing the value of the piece and causing metal allergies in those with metal sensitivity. However, Vermeil, sterling silver jewelry that has been plated with gold can be a great, more price conscious alternative to solid gold jewelry. Maria-Tina make extremely high quality Vermeil jewelry with solid sterling silver, triple dipped in 24 karat gold. Shop Maria-Tina's vermeil jewelry here. 

BONUS BUYS

HAND HAMMERED – hammering makes the metal in your jewelry solid and more dense by actually condensing molecules, and getting rid of air pockets in the metal. Many of Maria-Tina’s pieces have been hand hammered, so you get more metal for your money.  All pieces are made in San Francisco and

Marin Co. USA - we love to support our Local Small Businesses.

CASTINGS – Cast pieces are used by jewelers to reduce costs and production times but they can mean a compromise on quality. Most jewelry is cast. During production, metal is poured into a mold which may form tiny pockets of air that makes the jewelry lighter. To detect if a piece was cast, look along the sides of the jewelry for ridges or seams. The better the jewelry, the less you can see. The majority of Maria-Tina’s jewelry is hand fabricated (sculpted by hand). Some pieces have been cast by hand using the lost wax method with the utmost attention to detail. Unlike commercial castings, Maria-Tina’s are made from originals maintaining the integrity of the design.

MIX & MATCH – Inspired by the art of Ancient Greece, Maria-Tina’s jewelry can be mixed and matched with other pieces to create a unique and inspiring look every time. No matter what metal or stone, all of Maria-Tina’s designs have a cohesive style that can stand alone or be combined for a statement look. There are unlimited options, pairing Maria-Tina’s ancient look with modern pieces gives your outfit an air of old world sophistication like the eclectic architecture of Athens, Paris and London!

Whatever jewelry you buy, we wish you radiance and happiness and a little bit of OPA from Maria-Tina and the Greek Island House Team!
Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry Images from top:
• "Large Byzantine Cross" - Hand fabricated, hand hammered 22 karat gold tanzanite, sapphire, amethyst, diamonds, gold granulation and stamped with Minoan symbols of life and nature.
• "Circle of Life Wedding Ring" - Hand fabricated, hand alloyed and hand hammered 22 karat gold
•  "Four Corners Byzantine Cross" pendant hand cast using the ancient technique of lost wax method from original, hand fabricated, hand stamped piece, © 2015 Maria-Tina Karamanlakis
If you enjoyed hearing what we have to say about Gold check out our guide on How to Buy Silver Jewelry.

Whatever jewelry you buy we wish you radiance and happiness and a little bit of OPA from Maria-Tina and the Greek Island House Team!

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Revival of the Ring

 

Peace never goes out of style and Maria-Tina’s newest ring is a testament to that. This 22 karat gold Peace ring is a constant reminder for us to make peace in our world. At Greek Island House we are all about making jewelry with a purpose, whether it is to bring us back to an ancient era, tell us a story of a long gone civilization or simply remind us of our spiritual quest for betterment. We believe that jewelry should be more than a shiny piece of metal. Maria-Tina’s newest Peace ring does just that, brings us back to a by-gone era and serves to remind us that peace begins within each one of us right now.

 

Peace Ring

22 karat hand fabricated solid gold

Stamped with Minoan nature symbols

Special order piece (each one made by hand by Maria-Tina) please allow for 4 weeks delivery time

$1,900

 

 

Ruby Raindrop Earrings

22 karat hand fabricated solid gold

Faceted briolette rubies

$640 

 

 

Triple Halo Ring 

22 karat gold hand fabricated solid gold 

Hand hammered and individually wrapped to fit your finger

$1,488

 

 

OPA!

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Sacred Symbols for the Spring

Since March 20th , Spring has been upon us which means that Easter is fast approaching and here at Greek Island House we are preparing for the holiday with a little research on one of our favorite spiritual symbols.

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18k gold with Aquamarine

According to Maria-Tina’s favorite book on sacred symbols, Barbara G. Walker’s The Women’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, the cross was not associated with Christianity until the 7th century CE when Christians swapped out images of the good shepherd and the lamb for the pagan inspired masculine cross. Since several passages in the New Testament mention Jesus of Nazareth being hanged on a tree, not a cross, word began to spread that this new symbol was made from the very tree he was hanged on. A critical link to the world of the feminine, the tree was quickly associated with the tree of life in the Garden of Eden, a symbol of softness and creativity.  No matter which perspective resonates with you, the cross is today a universal symbol of faith, love, courage and hope for a better future, a much needed inspiration in today’s society. 

So this Easter, when you put on your Maria-Tina Byzantine Cross think about what this sacred symbol means to you and how it can help you make today a better day. 

Guilded bronze with Ruby

 

Traditional Byzantine Cross - 18k

  • Available in 18 karat solid gold with Aquamarine
  • Pendant hand cast from hand fabricated Maria-Tina original
  • Approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall
  • 16" 14 karat Italian gold chain
  • Heart lobster clasp closure
  • One READY TO SHIP!  for  $1,667

Traditional Byzantine Cross - Guilded Bronze

  • Available in 24 karat gold dipped bronze with Ruby
  • Pendant hand cast from hand fabricated Maria-Tina original 
  • Approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall 
  • 16" gold-filled chain 
  • Heart lobster clasp closure
  • One READY TO SHIP!  for   $245

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 Sterling sliver and stone options available upon request

 

 

 

 

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Sapphires For Your Love

 

 

Here at Greek Island House we are pleased to welcome in the year with new projects and new pieces for all of you.  I have some beautiful new sapphires to play with and am asking for your thoughts on what to make with them.  I wasn't looking for them, I just happened to be at my secret industry-only gemstone dealer in San Francisco, where I go through security and must get buzzed in through an iron gate, only to be welcomed by the owner and his stacks of trays of sparkling precious gems...  Then I spotted them... a gorgeous pair of deep, rich, red, dome-shaped, beautifully faceted, 12 mm diameter sapphires!  They reminded me of pomegranates!  There's only one pair and they will make beautiful earrings or cuff links, in gold, sterling or vermeil. I am offering them up to you first so let's create a custom piece using these beauties just in time for Valentine's Day! Prices starting at $750 please contact me directly to set up a design consultation!       415-299-1442       jewelry@maria-tinavision.com 

 

 

In the meantime here is a little ancient Greek inspiration for you... a poem from the book " The Anakreontea" dating from between 100 - 600 BCE.       OPA!

It is a joy to walk 
where the meadows are in bloom, 
where gentle Zephros exhales his sweet breath, 
To look on the vines of Backchos, 
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And then to enter under the blanket of their leaves, 
In your arms a silky girl, 
Every inch of her redolent 
of the essences of Kypris. 

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    Viva la Dolce Vita!

    We had so much fun researching couture inspiration for you all last week that we couldn't help but share some more. This week our inspiration comes from the runway of Dolce and Gabbana's Fall 2013 collection inspired, much like Maria-Tina, by the mosaic icons, paintings, colors, stained glass windows, sacred golden objects, and priest's robes of Orthodox Religions....here they are with a twist!

     

    Maria-Tina's contribution to this look, a beautiful byzantine cross originally custom designed for a baptism.

    These lovelies are approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall
     left:  18k solid gold, mini Open Floating Heart, lobster clasp and 16" 18k chain starting at $1650, add a ruby in the center and ruby accent bead on the chain $1750.
     
    center:  24k guilded ancient bronze (new code: 24kgbz) with ruby, 14k gold filled chain, mini Open Floating Heart with lobster clasp with ruby accent, 16" chain.....$245
     
    bottom:   Ancient Bronze with ruby, black chain with ruby accent, simple lobster clasp......$165 ............designer's special offering $145
                                         with 14k gold filled chain, Open floating heart clasp............$195. 

     

    Also available in solid sterling with a 16" chain, and rubies for $245.

    Applicable tax & shipping additional

    Please contact Maria-Tina to place orders and to request custom stone and chain lengths.

    Opa!

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