Prolific jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis was born in Athens, Greece in 1920. Descending from a family of goldsmiths, he apprenticed under his uncle's jewelry firm to become a master craftsman. In 1941 he took over the family business, and later developed a vision for his signature style during the 1950s. Inspired by his passion for prehistoric motifs, artifacts, and Greek mythology, he studied traditional methods of artistry, branching out on his own in the 1960s to form his own company. In the decades that followed, his work blossomed into a myriad of fine jewelry collections that earned widespread appeal and designer status. Adored by celebrities and the fashion elite, designs by LALAoUNIS remain in high demand among collectors and jewelry lovers in the modern day!
This fabulous estate ring by LALAoUNIS is a spectacular example of the designer's signature style! Part of the "Animal Head Collection," the ring has a 3-dimensional design crafted in vibrant 18kt yellow gold. It depicts a dragon, whose body wraps around the ringer to form the band, its horned, lion-like head resting prominently at the top. The curled band has a twisted surface, with fine gold wire rope wrapped within the grooves and tapers to an open bypass by the dragon's mouth. Engraved accents, fine Etruscan wirework, and and delicate beadwork details add to the ring's richness and texture. Two small round cut rubies decorate the creature's eyes. When worn, the ring makes a striking statement piece that is both luxurious and daring. Stamped on the underside of the piece is the authentic "LALAOUNIS" signature hallmark and the markings "18" and "GREECE". Perfect for the fashion-forward woman or the LALAoUNIS collector, this magnificent ring is a rare and special find!
Measurements: The ring is a finger size 6.5 and could be resized slightly if desired. The dragon's horned head extends about 1/2" above the finger when worn. The band measures approximately 6.5mm behind the head and tapers to approximately 4mm.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting and both of the rubies are intact and securely set.