Greek jewelry designer Lito Karakostanoglou preserved real scarabs and placed them in fabulous little cage necklaces or made zoomorph inspired earrings out of them. Lito travels all around the world in search of original gorgeous organic materials.
Born in 1972 in Greece, Lito is a marketing and advertisement graduate. She opened her fist atelier-boutique in 1999 in Athens and she moved to Paris in 2004 to complete her training. She studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and technical drawing at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie et Orfèvrerie for two years.
Her portofolio includes magnificent jewells for the fashion shows of Kenzo (2005) and those of Jean Paul Gaultier for his couture and “prêt-à-porter” collections (2006). Currently she lives in Athens, where she has re-opened her atelier-boutique. You can she her unique pieces in many Greek fashion editorials!
I find them magnificent although I would feel odd currying a dead bug around. But if it will make me win the lottery I might reconsider! 😉
Lito Karakostanoglou at the Galerie BSL, Paris, France.