Jewelry designer Ileana Makri was born in Greece and travels extensively for design inspiration, sharing her time between Greece, London, Paris and New York City. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, Ileana went on to follow her true passion and studied jewelry design at the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica). She launched her first collection in 1996 and continues to look towards multicultural symbols and their meaning in all of her work.