Greek Jewelry Documentaries:
A series of short documentaries showcasing the making of Greek jewelry, traditional decorative art and Ecclesiastic artifacts from Cyprus.
As part of the 'Kalopedis Jewellery' 120 year anniversary celebrations, a series of Greek documentaries has been produced to cover various aspects related to the making of Greek jewelry as well as the traditional, decorative and Ecclesiastic arts of Cyprus. These Greek documentaries will showcase the making of traditional Cypriot jewelry and how these are connected with the history, culture and nature of Cyprus. More documentaries and short videos are to be added to the list. To stay updated for the new additions, you can join the Kalopedis.com mailing list or become a member of the website.
From Hellenism to the Crusades
This piece features scenes from the ancient city of Kourion in Cyprus as well as the Templar's Kolossi castle. Through these we begin to understand the connection between the heritage of Cyprus and the designs of Greek jewelry. Examples are the Greek Key patterns on the mosaics of Kourion and contemporary Greek Jewelry designs as well as hammered decorations found on silver cups that are inspired by the nature of Cyprus.
Filigree (Most viewed and highly rated)
In this video we see the making of fully handmade filigree jewelry. Filigree is a method which includes the twisting of very fine wires of gold or silver. An important aspect of the artistic heritage of Cyprus in this jewelry making and one which reveals middle eastern influences as well as the influence from ancient Greek and Etruscan jewelry. These influences are connected with the history of the island and the many conquerors who passed by through the centuries, whereas in the designs we can also see a connection with the nature of Cyprus as filigree items tend to include geometric and flower shapes.
Passing down the Byzantine tradition
This documentary features the 120 year tradition of the Kalopedis family in the making of silver icons and other items of Ecclesiastic art. Furthermore, it investigates the role of the icon as part of the Greek and Orthodox culture. A strong element of both cultures since the beginning of the Christian Byzantine era.
A short documentary on the making of Christian Orthodox, religious art. Featuring the Kalopedis family from Larnaca, Cyprus which have been making such artefacts for five generations, since 1888 as well as father Christodoulos who explains the purpose and symbolism for some of the basic Ecclesiastic artefacts.