Dimitris Virtsionis and Antigoni Leakou are both designers and jewelry-makers. They bring together their creative ideas and crafting skills in order to produce unique artifacts based on their own designs. In 2012 they set up a workshop in order to house their individual brands – ‘Dimitris Virtsionis Jewelry’ and ‘Alanima’, respectively – under the same roof. Soon after they joined forces, creating ‘Oh my pebble’, a brand dedicated to jewelry made primarily with sea-pebbles, a material they both love.
They aspire to offer innovative jewelry designs of high quality, albeit affordable at the same time. They approach with the same respect all of the raw materials they use, valuable or not, creating unique jewelry with a special character. Their creations vary from sophisticated timeless designs to refreshing funky jewelry, always with a contemporary twist.
The creative chaos which reigns in their small and functional workshop is a source of inspiration and love for them, within which they let their designs blossom and take form. It is located in the city of Kalamata, which is in South Peloponnese, Greece. It has the necessary infrastructure, as well as the right ambiance for the transformation of their ideas into high-quality artifacts. Everything starts with the creative design and the assemblage of the raw materials. By manufacturing the metal alloys, themselves they can control the quality in all of the stages of production. Traditional techniques for handmade jewelry are combined with modern methods, while a good measure of creativity and innovation has resulted in the development of dedicated tools and machinery, as dictated by the needs of their unique designs.
Dimitris Virtsionis was born and raised in Athens. His inclination towards art was obvious from an early age, manifesting through visual expression and music. The sculptural and functional qualities of jewelry-making finally won him over, leading him to take up apprenticeships under distinguished goldsmiths, eventually mastering the associated techniques in depth. He worked for more than 15 years as a bench technician, designer, and model manufacturer for various workshops and brands.
He created his own workshop in 2010 and in 2012 he transferred it to Kalamata so that he could be near the sea, a basic source of inspiration for his jewelry, but also for his music which always retained a significant role in his life.
As a designer, he has a preference for clear forms, as much for their geometrical expression as for their organic natural development. He combines the creative power of nature with the formative power of design giving life to timeless jewelry with a contemporary touch. He designs and manufactures a series of unique jewelry pieces made from scratch in his workshop. He is focused on detail, producing carefully handcrafted and conceptually designed creations.
Custom-made orders are a special challenge that he loves to undertake – this way he can create jewelry that gives form to an idea and carry symbolism for a specific person or cause.
The materials he uses vary according to the occasion. Gold and silver alternate with copper and bronze and are adorned with precious and semi-precious stones, but also with plain pebbles. He uses enamel to add color and transparency to his creations and his palette is complemented with plain material, like resin and threads.