Let’s talk about monsters, my darlings. Monsters bite, they slither, they go bump in the night – and they’re the inspiration for KIL NYC’s enthralling new release, the Teras Collection.
This charismatic collection is a tribute to the haunting, gorgeous monsters of ancient Greek mythology and I’m so excited to take a closer look at it with you!
The idea for the Teras Collection came to KIL NYC’s Konstantinos Leoussis in a dream, and isn’t that just the perfect beginning for this story? Chimera, Harpies, Minotaurs, Gorgons, Hydras and more make up the clawed, winged, scaly, mysterious and absolutely alluring subject matter. After months of research, revisions, test pieces, and soul-searching, the Teras collection is here and it is glorious.
Above is the KIL NYC Harpy cuff, which is not a creature I ever expected to feel a connection to…but look at its face! There’s something a little bit sad in its soulful eyes, a spark that draws me in. With this baddy on your wrist, you’d always have a fierce guardian standing by to defend you.
This is the Lenerian pendant, a tribute to the multi headed Hydra that Hercules was tasked to slay as part of his twelve tasks. Look at the detail on the scales and teeth! And yes, KIL NYC’s website gives the mythological backstory of every creature featured in the collection.
You may recognize Konstantinos Leoussis’ name because we recently talked about the other side of the KIL NYC designer’s business, which focuses on antique jewelry sales and education. Leoussis’ familiarity with antique jewelry makes itself known in the intricate details of these pieces. The designs feel like they occupy a liminal space between past and present, blending ancient inspiration with modern design and an in-depth awareness of archeological revival jewelry from other eras.
Each of these detailed jewels is made fully by hand in New York City using the lost wax casting process, which begins with Leoussis painstakingly hand-carving each monster. KIL NYC is dedicated to using ethical and sustainable practices in all of its production methods, to the extent that even their packaging is carbon negative and uses biodegradable ink made from algae.
Not only does KIL NYC’s Teras Collection offer us mythological characters rarely memorialized in jewelry, it does so with an open mind, imbuing the features of each monster with such precision and heart that we’re forced to wonder if mythology might have unjustly vilified these complex, fascinating beings.
Pictured above: the Teras Collection’s Medusa, Minos, and Harpy rings.
When Konstantinos reached out to me to write about this collection, it was no pedestrian phone call or email. Instead, I received a box of jewelry with a note that introduced the collection and then basically said “I hope you like these! If you do, let’s talk soon.”
What was truly perfect was that I actually missed Konstantinos’s note the first time I opened the package, so I was able to experience the Teras Collection pieces for the first time with no prior expectations. I unwrapped the tissue paper and discovered tiny ruby and diamond eyes winking up at me from lush gold settings. The design was captivating, an intriguing pattern that reveals itself to be eyes only when you get closer to it. The jewelry immediately gave me a feeling of sanctuary: right away I knew that these were talismans, pieces I would reach for when I was having a hard day and wanted reassurance or protection.
I was reminded of the mythological figure Argus, but it was only after I’d opened all of the boxes and was wearing my new jewelry that I found the note from Konstantinos, explaining the collection’s inspiration. It electrified me that my own impressions of the collection had been such a spot on match for the designer’s intention. I couldn’t wait to see more.Read More