New Year, New Beginnings, and what better way to start 2020 than with an eye-catching lucky charm made by a Greek designer dangling from your neck? Here we present to you some of our favourite picks, most of which can be ordered online.
Ileana Makri’s ‘Gold-plated Silver Sapphires Lucky Charm’
A pendant with a double meaning features the Roman numerals XX for 20. The two x’s, however, are also meant to symbolise the modern representation for kisses, thus reminding the wearer to enjoy the new year with a notion of love and affection.
Sophia Koutsoukou’s ‘Embrace’
This lucky charm is inspired by the shape of an embrace, and the health benefits a good hug offers, the designer says. It has been scientifically proven that a 20-second hug can raise feel-good levels of cortisol (the love hormone), boost the immune system and release pheromones (another feel-good hormone). The design was created to inspire us to experience a new year filled with love and hugs.
Myrto Anastasopoulou’s ‘Magical Sea Shell’
Shells are magical creatures that are found in the secret space between two kingdoms, earth and sea. Treasures from an invisible world, they are revealed during the change of tides. Its spiral shape holds the potential for infinite expansion, inviting us to the magic of evolution and spiritual growth.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewellers ‘Silver and Gold Lucky Charm’
The elegant and classical charm in gold framed by silver features an olive branch, a sacred symbol in ancient Greece, to inspire an aspiration of peace, victory, and health.
Zeus & Dione’s‘Delos’
Inspired by a mosaic found at the entrance of the House of Dolphins on the sacred ancient island of Delos, this lucky charm depicts a symbol that for over a millennium represented the ideologies and faith of an entire civilization. Part of the proceeds from these charms will be donated to nonprofit organizations committed to the protection of our marine environment.
AESTHET’s ‘Love Bond Necklace’
All you need is love is the message of Aesthete’s silver-plated lucky charm, which was created to both to depict the antique symbol of a love bond and the number ‘20’.
For 2020, Zolotas jewellers, inspired by the spirit of the god Hephaestus, has forged precious metals into the shape of lightning bolts to honour the story of Zeus, god of the skies, and the immense power he represents. According to Greek mythology, the Cyclops bestowed Thunder and Lightning on the father of the gods as a token of gratitude. The lightning bolts, created by the god Hephaestus, constituted the heavenly channel of communication between gods and humans.
Nadia Zachou Fine Jewellery ‘Solid Gold Lucky Charm’
The jewellery house with a long-held history in precious stones has created an iconic lucky charm for 2020 that is modern yet classic, available in a variety of metals and coloured cords and embellished with a precious ruby, a symbol of love. It has an engraved symbol of the new year, the Latin number MMXX, which is subtly inscribed in gold and silver.
Polina Sapouna Ellis’ ‘Minotaur’
Inspired by the myth of the Minotaur, the designer has created a charm symbolizing the hidden power that we each have within. A student of archaeology with a passion for Greek mythology, she wants those who wear her charm to remember throughout 2020 that with intelligence and consciousness we can realise our goals, overcome obstacles and discover our inner truth.