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Alexandra Itouna’s jewels reflect the contradictions in her heritage. Half Greek, half Austrian, her jewels mirror the tension between these two cultural personalities. “I was born in Greece, so I’m influenced by the climate, the beaches, the sun and the ancient culture. Then, there’s the Austrian part of me which likes classical music and opera. My Greek side explains why my jewelry is spontaneous and organic. My Austrian side is more orderly, disciplined and bourgeois.” It’s not a surprise that Itouna loves working with her hands. “I started making jewelry with plastolene when I was 10 years old in Germany. You put it in the oven and it becomes hard. I combined it with fake pearls and thre...
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