Sometimes, a souvenir has to be simple. It can be an interesting pebble taken from the nearest beach and shaped by a skilful local artisan to make a small and affordable memento from that place. In Greece, we see that kind of souvenirs in many souvenir shops. Today, we are sharing with you a story about artisans who are working behind the scenes to create for you those little pieces of Greece you can take home.
“Petra Skalisti” is a young company in the field of folk art, based in the beautiful city of Nafplion, Greece. It is one of the leading souvenir suppliers for art galleries, gift shops, and tourist shops around Greece. There is a high chance that you’ve seen their handmade products on your Greek summer vacation. Perhaps, you’ve already had something made by this little craft company so it might be interesting for you to learn more about their products and process.
“Petra Skalisti” manufactures various types of handmade jewellery and stone decorations using locally sourced materials such as stone, shells, pebbles, wood, glass as well as many other natural materials.
The owners of this workshop, Efi and her husband Giorgos, are passionate about sharing their love for Greece, art and craft.
Efi expresses her love through the ancient art of stone hand carving. Giorgos is a marble sculptor and developer of their new endeavour through his experience and ideas.
The central part of their collection consists of various engraved rocks, such as sandstone, limestone, marble, and many more. They are hand-engraved using the same techniques and the same tools employed by ancient Greeks 2500 years ago, which contributed to the creation of their unique cultural heritage. All the pieces of their collection are treated individually and are rounded off with a perfect finish.
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Efi and Giorgos created their workshop that was subsidised by the Start-up Entrepreneurship Operational Program of the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) 2017-2020.
Thanks to their exceptional innovation in the manufacture of handmade jewellery and decorative handmade engravings on natural stones, they were given the opportunity to start and develop their business.
They have a complete range of all the necessary tools for stone carving, cutting and moulding, to ensure the highest quality manufacturing results.
This creative workshop can offer you a wide range of products made from natural, locally sourced materials, inspired by Greece. They use natural sandstone to create various hand-engraved decorations. These ornaments are reminiscent of the fabulous engraved pieces of art of ancient Greek times, perfectly finished in design. The small and medium-size pieces would be a perfect souvenir to bring back home from Greece.
Petra Skalisti also has a great variety of different kinds of jewellery. Each piece has its own story and contains a bit of Greece that you can take with you and wear it with pride. Their collection includes jewellery with 925 o sterling silver elements, various pebble jewels, costume jewellery, beads, hand-engraved shell pendants as well as sea urchins.
The most interesting pieces are jewellery with ammonites –fossils dating back millions of years. Ammonites are considered objects that offer protection and magnify the dynamics of our energy, whether they may be placed as decorative ornaments or worn as jewellery. They symbolise regeneration, longevity and prosperity. They have been transformed into unique pieces of art.
Hand-engraved ornaments made of natural sandstone
Jewellery with ammonite and 925° sterling silver elements
Jewellery made from natural elements
Soaps from natural, locally sourced ingredients with limestone soap dish as an unique gift from Greece
Petra Skalisti participate at many exhibitions along with other Greek manufacturers
There are many more beautiful things you can find in their workshop so we are inviting you to visit their website and follow them on social media for more information.