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LET US "BEAD-DAZZLE" YOU WITH NATURAL WORKS OF ART!

Welcome to our home. You will find us in the centre of the old town of Chaniá, in a beautiful renovated building of Venetian architecture dating back to the 15th century AD. Our establishment comprises two distinct areas. The first area is a display where you have the opportunity to admire and select among a rich collection of rare and unique kombolóis*. In the other area a large collection of jewellery made of pure amber is exhibited. Here you can take your time and choose among a wide range of designs and natural hues of amber.

Our zest and love for kombolói has made us into zealous travellers to far-off countries, observers of history, tradition, geology, and finally into enthusiastic master artisans. All these in our efforts to make our dream come true, namely to create a collection of the world's rarest and most genuine kombolóis, so old that each one of them has its own story to tell...

Our collections starts with rare and antique masterpieces made of Kahraman amber, red Faturan, transparent Faturan, mastic resins and Yusuri (black coral). Our collection is further enriched by kombolóis made of camel bone, buffalo, bull or goat horn, ebony wood, as well as other fine materials that a kombolói can be made of, as they have been now and then revealed to us through our pursuits and travels. However, this rich and constantly updated collection would be incomplete without kombolóis made of pure Baltic amber, compressed amber or various mixtures thereof with other materials. We also offer a large variety of begléris (mini-kombolóis) and key-holders.

All kombolóis available in our shop are exclusively designed and handcrafted in our very own workshop. We will be very glad to maintain and repair your old kombolóis or begléris, and of course help you select new ones!
We would love to meet you in person and delve together into the charming and exciting world of kombolói, from its origin and history to its processing and creation. Let us exchange stories and experiences about kombolói, the Greek's favourite companion, as its beads run through our fingers carrying all worries away... Cheers!

Georgios Gouverákis

* Kombolòi (or worry beads) originated in the depths of the East as rosaries, i.e. string of beads used to count prayers. The Greek word "Kombolói" stems from the word 'kòmbos' meaning 'knot' and the verb 'lèo' meaning 'say', where each knot used to correspond to a prayer. Nowadays, it is an integral part of the Greek tradition and way of life, a jewel, an instrument of relaxation and stress management, and a companion in sadness and happiness.
 
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