Pantelis Kontakis was born and raised in Sparta. After graduation, he began working in the film industry as a camera man. He soon discovered his passion for another art, that of jewelry making. He returned to his hometown to study at the Silver-Gold Smithery School of Stemnitsa, one of the oldest and most famous schools for jewelry design and making in Greece. As a student he took part in the international Jewelry Contest “Young Designer’s Corner” in Munich and qualified to the final. He has been working as a jewelry designer ever since, taking part in several exhibitions.
I started in 2013, the reason was the information that I had about the existence of Stemnitsa goldsmith’s school. That was a true revelation for me.
My inspiration comes from the Caryatids, located in the neighboring village of mine in Sparta, where they were born and then decorated the Acropolis Erechtheion.
These and other historical forms of my place are a source of inspiration to me.
My creations are a journey through time from the past, the present and the future I dare to say.
They look like sculptures, Cycladic figures, kouros, and Parthenon figures. It is aimed at those who see light, hope, future.
The highlight of my journey is the 2018 award ceremony of A Jewel Made in Greece and in 2019 I got two awards at the same event.
There is no place more blessed than Greece to live and create art.
In Greece, my work has been shown through exhibitions, my next step is for my jewelry to travel the world.
My vision is to make a journey through art that will have beauty, morality and timelessness.
My name is Pantelis Kontakis and I’m the designer of Kontakis Jewelry.
- Direction/Post Production: Panos Tsirozidis
- Camera: Dimitris Zografakis
- Production Co-ordination and Interview: DigitalWise – Niki Oikonomopoulou
- Texts & subtitles: Niki Oikonomopoulou
- Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou
The interview took place in the context of the thematic presentations and actions implemented by LoveGreece.com, aiming to promote the image of Greece abroad, through the faces of charismatic Greeks who signify the outward-looking Greece.
We warmly thank the Life Gallery athens hotel for its kind hospitality and for its contribution to the video shootings.