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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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Show-Stoppers for Burning Man

Spirals, hearts, gold and turquoise, Maria-Tina's designs on paper, video and now in jewelry have always attracted the attention and adoration  of artists from across the world. For years she has been collaborating with fellow artists, creating unique, often outrageous and always beautiful custom pieces that blend their style with hers. Now Maria-Tina is working on a series of headpieces for festival goers (AKA Burners) at Burning Man! 

What is the Burning Man Festival? Watch the video and learn the history. 
Made of solid copper wire and encrusted with vintage faceted glass gems this head piece will be worn by a special friend at the 2015 Burning Man festival.
These crowns of creativity are meant to inspire and bring to light the fun, free spiritedness of Maria-Tina and her design aesthetic. She's like a Greek Betsy Johnson, and these crowns are here to prove it!  To order your own custom, show-stopping crown, call Maria-Tina directly at (415) 299-1442.
OPA!

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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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Getty Museum chooses Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry

 

Maria-Tina Karamanlakis and the staff here at Greek Island House are honored to have several of our pieces chosen by the J. Paul Getty Museum Villa to accompany their Summer exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. The exhibition will showcase "mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass,embroideries and ceramics drawn from Greek collections". Maria-Tina's Byzantine-inspired works will be available in the Getty Villa gift shop. Check out the Getty video below "Byzantium Site: Athens"

 

Always inspired by visual culture like this, Maria-Tina's Four Corners and Traditional Byzantine Crosses conjure the essence of Byzantine life up to the modern era. 

Four Corners Byzantine Cross 

  • Ancient bronze pendant molded from hand fabricated Maria-Tina Original 

  • Stamped with nature symbols

  • Faceted Ruby
  • Approx. 1" x 1"
  • 18” 14 karat gold filled chain

  • Maria-Tina "Halo" clasp closure  with rubies

 

Traditional Byzantine Cross 

  • Ancient bronze pendant molded from hand fabricated Maria-Tina original
  • Approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall
  • 18" 14 karat gold filled chain
  • Faceted Ruby
  • Maria-Tina "Halo" clasp closure with rubies

 

Look for us at the Getty next time you're in Malibu. OPA!

all information, images, designs © Maria-Tina Karamanlakis 2014

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Trending on Ancient Times

If you are following the fashion/ jewelry trends for the season you are probably well aware of the newest thing on the runways and in stores, GEOMETRICS. As it turns out the source of this prophetic style phenomena is not the Niemen Marcus design team nor the design houses of Paris and Milan, it is in fact the ancient ruins of Greece! Being among the first people to develop this special form of Mathematics, the Greeks have a long history of using these beautiful shapes to cover their art both functional and decorative.  

To learn more about Ancient Greek Geometry click here.

With a little research it wasn’t hard at all to get in the” geo-mood”, Maria-Tina has created the newest line for our Greek Island House Collection… GEOMETRIA. Drawing inspiration from ancient geometry texts and the beautiful pottery of the classical era, our new GEOMETRIA line is an eclectic mix of linked diamond, circle, spiral and square shapes, reminiscent of the crisp, clear sparkle of melting snow in the springtime. Enjoy our array of Necklaces, Earrings, and Bracelets; classical style with a little bit of OPA!

  • Hand hammered light (spring) weight sterling silver 
  • Stylized spiral clasp closures
  • Necklace 2 Approx. 24" long     $350
  • Bracelet 5 Approx. 7 1/2" long     $125
  • Earrings 1 Approx. 2 1/4" long x 2" wide    $98
  • Earrings 3 Approx. 2 1/2" long x 3/4" wide     $98

 

 

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Decorate That Helping Hand!

You know the problem...when you have to buy presents for those people you can't quite put your finger on.  You know, when you just can't remember if they have pierced ears or not, or if they wear necklaces, and you definitely don't feel comfortable buying them a ring.  Well, a gift card just doesn't cut it, and an a bouquet of flowers says you forgot until ten minutes ago when you were waiting in line at the grocery store.  The solution... a bracelet of course!  Think about it, one size fits most!  All you have to do is pick a color and style, wrap it up and there you go, you have yourself a thoughtful gift that will make them sparkle every time they put it on!
With six different styles / semi-precious stones to choose from, Maria-Tina's Love Bracelets are the perfect solution to your tricky gift problems!  All bracelets feature sterling silver or 24 karat gold vermeil "Open Floating Heart" and heart lobster clasp closures, semi precious stones (Turquoise, Moonstone, Garnet, Onyx, Rose Quartz or Amethyst) and tiny sterling silver daisy beads artfully scattered throughout. They look great stacked too!
Sterling silver .................. Regular $125  Special $98
24 karat gold vermeil ...... Regular $175  Special $145
But don't wait until the last minute to place your order, at Greek Island House, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year.  Between designing new and exciting pieces for you and fulfilling custom orders, Maria-Tina is hard at work finishing all your sparkly beautiful jewelry in time for those holiday parties.  So start shopping early at our online store, or schedule an appointment with Maria-Tina and get your present rolling before its too late! 

 

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Harvest the Seasons's Shiniest Pieces Now!

Shop our the latest pieces now!

Fall is the harvest season and in Greece the fruits of the season are Pomegranates. Here at Greek Island House we are honoring the harvest with a few new pieces featuring garnet cabochon "pomegranate seeds". Fitting to the stone's etymology, the name garnet actually comes from the word granatum, the pomegranate. As a traditional symbol of fertility and femininity, the pomegranate has been a feature symbol in Greek art and literature for thousands of years and plays a major part in Maria-Tina's Jewelry today. So harvest your crop of Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry today and enjoy the splendor the season.

 

Open Heart Rings with Garnet "Pomegranate Seeds" 

  • Hand hammered solid sterling silver heart rings
  • LEFT rhodolite garnet (magenta or plum hues)
  • RIGHT almandine garnet (brick red)
  • $145 each special ($165 each regular price) 

 

 

Did you know?... the Spanish City of Granada was named after the delicious fruit. 

 Opa!

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