The fascinating narratives of Greek mythology are an ancient culture’s collection of teachings, lessons and stories that were created to make sense of their world. The gods, heroes and creatures of their legends were meant to shed light on why and how humans came to exist. They sought to explain why we behave as we do. The ancient Greeks were just as curious about the human condition as we are today. Since 1986, we have been entranced with these stories and we aim to bring the same excitement of discovery to our customers. In every one of our pieces there lies a narrative that has been told time and time again throughout the millennia. Just like the poets and philosophers who fashioned these epics, our mission is to educate and inspire.
By employing techniques similar to those of blacksmiths 2500 years ago, we create a product that that has character, grit, a sense of history and identity. The pieces have the semblance of being unearthed following a millennia long slumber under the earth. Our process is highly labor intensive since every element is meticulously crafted and assembled by artisan hands. Each phase in the creation of an Intaglios piece serves a pivotal role in ensuring there are no compromises between beauty and strength. The immense heat and formidable pressure applied, result in precious metal that is both dazzling and resilient. Instead of incorporating gold of lesser purity, we fuse the sterling silver and a fine gold strip. Through this method, we leave each metal to be appreciated for its unique vibrance. Our hand-made approach results in minute differences in color, texture and shape to deliver a genuine one-of-a-kind modern heirloom.
Encompassing the entire ethos of Intaglios is the 7000 year old art of gemstone engraving, or glyptics in Greek. Elaborately carved gems were a staple of luxury in antiquity and often incised onto semi-precious stones such as carnelian or jasper. In the form of a talisman they served as extraordinary symbols of status and in certain cases, divine protection. They were also employed as a form of personal identification with which one would press a wax seal. Rulers, nobles and wealthy merchants sought, collected and traded these fascinating miniature works of art. Our curated collection of nearly 1000 ancient engraved gem impressions is the cornerstone of our jewelry. Our particular selection features some of the the most celebrated and rare engravings in history.