A jewellery technique passed from uncle to niece
Anastasis Grigoriou was born in Cyprus in September 1951. At the age of 14 he started working as a workshop assistant in a filigree workshop and by the end of his first week he had already produced his first filigree cross. In 1975 he opens his own shop and workshop with his brother, Stavros with great success. Their jewellery have been exhibited in all cities of Cyprus, Athens, Italy, Dubai and Monaco amongst others. He returns to the workbench for the sake of SoL and opens with Eleni, his niece, a new chapter in the history of Cypriot filigree jewellery.
Anastasios in his workshop,1980 First company's jewellery box
Eleni Nicolaou is the founder and SoL and Anastasis's niece. As a child, she often visited her uncles shop and workshop and was a fond of her mom's ballerina jewellery box.
After completing her studies she moved back to Cyprus in 2017 to discover that the filigree technique was barely existing on the island with very few artisans left operating.
The creation of Sea of Lace Jewellery happened in late 2018 as an effort to bring back to the market these ornament pieces. Quickly she developed a passion for designing and making filigree jewellery and in July 2020 she opened SoL's studio and shop, just a few meters away from the former filigree workshop of her uncles.