Spiros wasn’t too anxious to continue doing what everyone else did. All that heavy sterling silver and intricate etching was nice (and perhaps historically important) but he wanted his art to be infused with color and wealth. The times were changing … the military junta that tightly controlled Greek life had been deposed and there was a new sense of freedom in Greece. So the Gerochristos wanted the “fresh air” of hope and optimism to fill their pieces.
So they began experimenting with colorful stones like tourmalines and peridot … but eventually discovered that gold bezels brought the stones to life with more vibrancy. That realization sparked a revolution in jewelry design which has been reflected in the collections of some of the world’s most recognized jewelers. Spiros started the full-scale incorporation of gold elements into traditional silver design – and eventually began designing pieces specifically with his new two-tone look in mind.