Greece has a long tradition in jewelry making, dating back to ancient times. Actually, exquisite and elaborate pieces of jewelry can be found in the major museums of the country, even from the Mycenean and Minoan periods, to the classical period and the Byzantine times. What is most intriguing is that some of the basic patterns that inspired the jewelry makers of older times, are still present in modern Greek jewelry: the serpent, transformed into beautiful bracelets or necklaces, or the geometrical pattern of Meander, known as the Greek key design, used in many styles. Byzantine style jewelry is more elaborate and adorned with precious stones. Greece was one of the first countries in history to issue its own coins for everyday exchanges, and copies of these masterful coins are embedded in wonderful pieces of jewelry. What could be a better gift to take back home than a piece of Greek handmade jewelry? There is an abundance of jewelry stores in the historical center of Athens as well as in all the main tourist areas of Greece.