Jewelry Inspired by What Was Under Their Feet

Designs from the Greek archaeologists who founded the Ysso and Polina Ellis collections were influenced by their discoveries.

Where can you find two women, both archaeologists, who independently decided to create jewelry lines inspired by their excavations?

In Athens, of course, where the Acropolis dominates the cityscape and is a constant reminder of history.

The jewelry created by the women — Stalo Karides who, with her daughter, Maria-Alexia Karides, started Ysso (derived from chrysso, Greek for gold) and Polina Sapouna Ellis, whose one-woman business carries her name — bears no resemblance to souvenir shops’ kitschy baubles, with evil eyes, beads and faux coins. Instead, these women’s intimate knowledge of what once lay

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