Whether your style is dainty and elegant or big and bold, Zénaïs Jewellery has a piece (or two) that can definitely be admired. The stunning and modern designs tastefully embrace the importance of Ancient Greek history and practices with symbols, heritage, and even the sourcing/production of each piece.
By Athena Mavromatis
Owner and creative director Zoe Skiadopoulos launched Zénaïs with her elegant yet exotic collection, “Python” which embodies not only her theme of Ancient Greece but also sticks to the brand’s theme of embracing the curves and movement of life. This collection is the stepping stone and strong foundation of Zénaïs that is allowing Zoe to build her empire. IN+SIGHTS GREECE recently had a chat with the director about her striking designs.
Tell us a bit about your background and training in jewellery?
I was always drawn to aesthetics and style so even though I studied law, my passion for creation and design drove me into the fine jewellery industry. Before founding my own brand, I was working alongside a few Greek designers where I had the opportunity to learn more about the jewellery and fashion industries (i.e. manufacturing process) as well as getting involved in many creative projects.
When did you launch your brand and what was the concept behind it?
Zénaïs was born in the spring of 2019 and I’ve been in love ever since. My first collection was Python, created to celebrate the importance of snakes in ancient civilizations as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, healing and strength.
Every Zénaïs handcrafted piece merges the world’s ancient heritage with modern energy. They are all made from precious materials while treasuring strong symbols and creating timeless style with an edge.
What inspires your creations?
All the designs are inspired by nature’s shapes and curves and represent life’s eternal movement.
How would you describe your brand?
Modern, elegant with an edge.
Are the materials sourced locally and where are they made?
Everything is sourced locally and ethically made in the centre of Athens, from local manufactures that produce jewellery with the ancient lost wax casting method.
Who are the pieces created for?
For all the people who cannot live without a little bling. I feel naked without my jewellery even when I go to bed!
Tell us about your latest collection?
Sahara Collection is all about the different textures and shapes of the desert. You can see the flow among the jewellery, the desert’s irregular textures and even the glow of the sun.
What is your favourite item in your range at the moment?
I’m in love with all my designs as each piece represents something different, but if I had to choose only one I would go with the Python large necklace. It’s the first design I created back in 2019. The rest followed.
What are the current projects you are working on and is there anything exciting coming up you would like to share?
Oh, apart from our latest Collection “Sahara”, we also launched our 2021 charm for good luck. It will be available until the first few months of the new year.
Where is your brand stocked?
We are located in Athens, Greece where everything is made with much love.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, of course, we do! Our designs have travelled across the globe; from New York to Mexico and Paris.
Though summer in Greece may not be on the agenda for some of us this year, Zoe’s pieces can be viewed at zenais.