Giannis Jewellers in Oakleigh has carved a name in the industry for its beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
Award-winning owner Yianni Lambropoulos has more than 30 years’ experience in designing quality, custom-made pieces, as showcased in the shopfront windows.
Giannis Jewellers also provides on-the-spot jewellery repairs, soldering, resizing, claw re-tipping, gem setting, polishing and rhodium plating.
Mr Lambropoulos said he knew he was destined to become a jeweller from the age of 11. Three of his uncles were jewellers, and Mr Lambropoulos became fascinated with the craft from an early age. During school holidays, he would spend countless hours in their workshops, learning the trade.
“I got a bit of a head start,” he said.
In 1983, Mr Lambropoulos began a four-year jewellery apprenticeship, and he never looked back. Since then, he has traded under the Giannis Jewellers business name for several years, but officially set up shop in Eaton Mall two years ago.
Mr Lambropoulos said many of the mainstream jewellers made their products as cheaply as possible, but he ensured his pieces were top quality, sourcing materials from all over the globe.
“Today’s jewellery is made in countries like India and China and they’re made with the cheapest materials they can get, to cut corners and cut price,” he said.
“I use premium materials, and you get it custom-made to your desire.
“We specialise in custom-made jewellery, so whatever the customer wants, we can make it to their desire.”
Mr Lambropoulos has won several awards throughout his career – the most recent being on September 1.
In what he describes as the jewellery equivalent of a MasterChef Australia cook-off, participants in the Young Jewellers Group competition were tasked with creating something original that showcased their craftsmanship.
They were given the same materials to work with, and two days to see where their imagination took them.
Mr Lambropoulos took out second place with his creation.
“I love the passion, it’s what I’ve been doing all my life – making jewellery at the highest standard I can achieve,” he said.