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Dimitris Nikolaidis

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker
Contact
Greek
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 6938268196
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Finding beauty in small things

  • • Dimitris borrows medical tools to make jewellery
  • • His microsculpture pieces are mostly inspired by nature
  • • Some of his works are made of thinly sliced metal sheets

Having studied Sculpture Design and Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts, next to a seminar in Gemmology, Dimitris Nikolaidis was taught silversmithing by painter and jewellery maker Giota Kaliakmani and silver-goldsmith Christophoros Prineas. Since 1986, he’s been creating microsculpture jewellery, specialising in making wax moulds for moulded jewellery, and 3D-shaping jewellery out of metal sheets. His first pieces, including a bracelet inspired by fern leaves, were made of thinly sliced sheets of alpaca, copper and bronze. Dimitris’ nature-centric approach reflects that of ancient civilisations. By studying and experimenting with metals, minerals, wood and clay for his miniature creations, he discovers the size of his own presence in the world.

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Works

  • ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
  • ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
  • ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
  • ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
  • ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
Photo: ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
Traditional Aegean dance

This bracelet was handcrafted using a traditional repoussé technique of metal shaping. It was hammered by hand from a sheet of silver 999. The shaped bracelet is inlaid with sheets of 24 karat gold as well as 18 karat gold wire.

Height 3 cm
Diameter 7.5 cm

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker
Photo: ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
Wild blossom

The head of this pin brooch was handcrafted with 40 disks placed one on top of the other with pointy ends. The pin was shaped using traditional repoussé techniques consisting of hammering the metal into form. The pin is made from a combination of 18 karat gold sheet, 18 karat gold wire and a repoussé sheet of sterling silver.

Height 9.5 cm
Width 1 cm

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker
Photo: ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
Thistle

This pair of 18 karat gold earrings was shaped using traditional repoussé techniques, consisting of hammering gold from its reverse side to create forms in low relief.

Height 3.4 cm
Diameter 1.1 cm

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker
Photo: ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
A wild bee and its nest

Dimitris Nikolaidis has used the imagery of a bee and its nest to create this complimentary pair of earrings. One earring, shaped as a bee nest, is cast from 18 karat gold. The second earring, a small bee was handcrafted using the repoussé technique, consisting of shaping metal from its reverse side to bring out low relief designs. The bee is made from a sheet of 18 karat gold with silver 999 inlays.

Height 3.2 cm
Width 1.5 cm
Height 1.5 cm
Width 1.3 cm

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker
Photo: ©Vassilis Pantzalis & Giannis Voukakis
Spring

This 18 karat gold necklace is shaped using traditional repoussé techniques of hammering metal on its reverse to bring out forms in low relief.

Height 1.5 cm
Diameter 16 cm

Dimitris Nikolaidis Jewellery maker

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