There is a lot of jewelry in the world, but going store to store you may find that things start to look the same. Even luxury brands tend to offer mass-produced "exceptionalism" ... which really isn't exceptional at all.
We prize "unique" because it's a statement of the human condition and should be respected and catered to. At Athena's, our goal is to find the exceptional and allow our customers to make a connection they may otherwise never realize.
Giorgo Damaskos adding some finishing touches onto a custom 18k gold ring in his workshop
Making the connection between designer and customer is the most gratifying part about running our business. Our designers remember your previous orders. Salutations cross oceans and borders, and before you know it Giorgo Damaskos is throwing an extra little gold flower into a design for somebody, or Spiros Gerochristo is telling us he wants to upgrade an order. We deal with small family businesses ... and that's how everyone gets treated—it's all a family thing.
The Greek Jewelry-Making Industry
A hand-woven 18k gold chain in the making at the Damaskos workshop
The Greek Jewelry Industry is one of the longest surviving manufacturing industries on Earth. For well over 5,000 years the people and various cultures living in Greece and her islands have been making wearable adornments of gold, silver, and stones. At no point in time, even during the Roman, Ottoman, or Nazi occupations of Greece, was this industry completely interrupted. How could it be? These are the expressions of love and artistry - things that never die, and they are small and can be hidden from unwanted eyes ... in a place of near constant historical turmoil - a little portable wealth can be a good thing.
Your piece will be made by the hands of a craftsman who consciously continues this tradition. Your piece will remain a work of their heritage long after it has left the workshop.
Our collection of high quality traditionally-handcrafted jewelry is a celebration of your individuality because each piece is customized for you ... only once we know your size do we begin making your piece (this can take a week or two). Each piece is made to fit perfectly and please for a lifetime, and is also part of this amazing story.
"Our mission is to unearth hidden treasures from around the world and bring them forward to the benefit of both the craftsmen and their customers."– Peter Bradley, Founder
Joanne and Peter at a beach taverna in Greece — Απέραντο Γαλάζιο - ΝΑΟΒΒ
Founder, Athena's TreasuresPeter is not the conventional jewelry businessman one would imagine. After surviving 9/11 he moved to Greece and discovered intricate jewelry handcrafted by Giorgio Damaskos, Spiros Gerochristo, Grigoris Evangelatos and many others. He has brought worldwide recognition to their artistry with the inception of Athena's Treasures where he personally interacts with each customer and collaborates with the craftsmen to ensure that each piece of jewelry is exactly what it should be – an expression.
Joanne B. Bradley
Partner, Athena's Treasures
An established Online Development and Digital Marketing professional, Joanne challenged the existing business ideas at Athena's Treasures. Her creative spirit enlightens the personality for Athena's Treasures. She energizes the business by providing customers with a seamless experience through all forms of communication.
Joanne and Pete live in New Jersey. They travel to Greece several times a year to seek and offer you the finest jewelry in Athena's Treasures.
A team of talented go-getters nurtures Athena's Treasures and makes everything possible. A special thank you to each and every one of them for their efforts.
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Jawad Munawar Khan