Heritage in Jewelry Making – Our Storysite-forge2021-03-25T14:47:23-04:00
GoldCrosses.com has been serving the New England area since 1970 in the Jeweler’s Exchange Building at 333 Washington St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.
Deep in the mountains surrounding Tripoli, Greece, on the western slopes of Mainalon, at the foot of Klinitsa, hides a picturesque village plucked straight from the pages of your favourite childhood fairy tale. And while picturesque Greek villages certainly abound, this one has something which makes it even more mystical than most. For Stemnitsa, the village in question, is home to generation upon generation upon generation of jewelry makers. Artists who live, breathe and sleep exquisite gold and silver treasures. Men and women skilled in their trade and inspired by beauty. None more skilled or inspired than our very own George Gartaganis, owner of Boston jeweler GoldCrosses.com, who hails from this very place of jewelry making magic.
Whether it’s gold dust in the water, or magic in the rarefied air breathed at the 1.100 meters altitude upon which Stemnitsa is built, this place is one which boasts a fascinating history of accomplished silversmiths and goldsmiths. This history of a thriving jewelry and fine art scene, spanning more than two centuries, can be viewed at the Folklore Museum of Stemnitsa. Aside from fascinating viewing for visitors, this also serves as a source of inspiration for today’s students of the School of Silver- and Gold-smithery, still in existence in the village.
Combining the knowledge, skill and artistry of old, dating back to the 1700s, with the ideas and imagination of the 21st century, Stemnitsa jewelers continue to wow in the world of handcrafted jewelry. The people here seem to emerge from the womb with a yearning to make beautiful things: rings, crosses, brooches, bracelets, necklaces, icons, candlesticks and more. It is this tradition that George Gartaganis was born into, which goes some way in explaining the exquisiteness of the gold and silver crosses and other pieces you can find at GoldCrosses.com, all made with the finest attention to detail and unmatched skill.
George began working the jewelry trade at the tender age of 16 in the heart of Stemnitsa, soon moving to Athens where he continued to hone his jeweler and diamond setting skills, and honor his heritage. But George had a dream to bring the skill and art of Stemnitsa jewelry makers to a bigger audience… As soon as he felt ready, he departed for the United States to fulfill his dream.
GoldCrosses.com, offering handcrafted gold, silver and diamond crosses and other jewelry of the highest quality, workmanship and artistry, is the result of George’s heritage and his dream. George and his team have been serving the New England area since 1970 in the Jeweler’s Exchange Building at 333 Washington St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.
More than just beautiful gold crosses and other jewelry pieces steeped in meaning, history and heritage, GoldCrosses.com offers unparalleled customer service and the highest quality craftsmanship. The business and reputation has grown over the years mostly by word of mouth, with repeat customers introducing their families to GoldCrosses.com, thus growing what is ultimately family, and continuing the tradition of generational support for the Stemnitsa jewelry scene.
We look forward to serving you and inviting you into the GoldCrosses.com family.
George Gartaganis and his GoldCrosses.com team have been serving the New England area since 1970 in the Jeweler’s Exchange Building at 333 Washington St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. We offer the very highest quality in gold, silver and Byzantine crosses, as well as other exquisitely crafted handmade jewelry, and look forward to working together with you to find the perfect piece, whatever the occasion, whoever the wearer. Thank you for your support!