Catalogue from a jewellery exhibition held in Cyprus in 1979. The catalogue features on page seven, a cousin of the family who is also a silversmith. The biography of the cousin states 'A Hadjistillis, from Larnarca of Lapithos. Involved with jewellery and silverware for 44 years; Self-educated, specializes in the production of jewellery and silverware. Shop: 132 Ledras, Nicosia tei 75490.' The image accompany the biography show similarities in style across family members. This document is part of the documentation relating to George Kyriakides, and the successive silversmithing and jewellery businesses in which he was involved.

George Kyriakides was born in 1921 in Larnaca, on the southern coast of Cyprus. In his early working years he was apprenticed to his father Petrou Kyriacou as a silversmith and in 1948 George migrated to Melbourne, Australia. In 1949 he married Australian-born Silvia Sarandis, the child of Greek migrants and they had two children. Using his skills as a silversmith, he worked for a local silverware company and then proceeded to start his own silversmithing business under the name Saracen Plate Company, situated at 152 Lygon St, Carlton. A manufacturing wholesale business, they sold mainly to large clients such as Myers and Prouds Jewellery. In 1974 George sold the wholesale silversmithing part of the business due to the difficulty in obtaining pure metals, and continued to work as a Jeweller under the name GK Jewellery until his retirement and beyond. In later years George was known for his philanthropic generosity and in 2006 he died and is survived by his two children.

Physical Description

The catalogue has 22 pages, including a front and back cover. The front cover is coloured red, gold and silver, and has the logo of the host organisation, Association of Goldsmiths, and the principal sponsor, Benson and Hedges on the front cover. The catalogue details each jeweller that exhibited, and is accompanied by a colour image detailing their 'signature' work. Towards the back of the catalogue is more general information on the history of the profession and other relevant information.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection offers a multi-faceted snapshot of a migrant small business in Lygon Street Carlton through tools of trade, product catalogue and a sample of the silverware produced for retail. It thus encapsulates a small business activity from production through to sale and distribution. It includes a beautiful filigree tray as well as more mainstream domestic silverware items. The collection enables the documentation of the passing on of trade traditions and skills from one generation to the next and the bringing of those skills to Australia, as well as capturing a particular craft, filigree work, which is a disappearing artform.

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