Ileana Makri for The Row

Why Opt For One When You Can Have Both? Presenting Ileana Makri for The Row

Choice is overrated—we prefer having it all. Now thanks to the teamwork of Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Athens-based jewelry designer Ileana Makri, we can.

Crafted with sapphires and not one, not two, but three types of diamonds (in grey, burgundy and white), this stunning 18k white gold UFO ribbon necklace—part of the Ileana Makri for The Row collection—is a perfect example of having it all. Elegant and playful, this masterful mash-up of materials exudes the old-world appeal distinct to Ileana Makri’s precious jewelry, while complementing The Row’s Spring 2012 collection.

Ileana draws on the Belle Époque—a cultural reference that can also be found in the The Row’s detailing. She pairs this with spiritual influences and mystical motifs like the evil eye. You might also notice the perfectly matched color schemes: Ileana highlights four colors found in The Row’s collection—blue, green, lilac and white—which were initially inspired by the French Riviera.

“My philosophy is creating fine jewelry for no special occasion, paying attention to detail and craftsmanship, and above all creating classic pieces with a modern approach,” Ileana told us. “This is very much in tune with The Row.”

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Image of Ileana Makri and Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen courtesy of Vogue.