Print advertisement for G. K Jewellery. It details the handcrafted custom watch bands that G. K Jewellery made to fit other watches. It features eight examples of custom straps in varying sizes, colours and finishes. Three straps are in the 'gate bracelet' style, and the others are still very decorative. The watch bands have been photographed laid flat on a black reflective surface. Each strap has a reference number and approximate size next to the picture. The advertisement 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

A4 sized, portrait oriented print advertisement for G.K Jewellery. Image features eight custom gold watch straps laid flat on a black reflective surface as a background. Each strap has a reference number and approximate size listed next to it.


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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