Master goldsmiths Myron Bikakis, Nanci Modica and Mark Johns have carved out a unique niche for themselves in the world of fine jewelry design by translating time-honored metalworking techniques into contemporary treasures.
From their airy studio in New York’s Greenwich Village, this design team uses the ancient arts of granulation, repoussé, filigree and chain-making to create exquisite necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that are sold in top galleries and fine jewelry stores.
All pieces are completely handmade using the world’s rarest materials: gold of 22-karat fineness set with precious emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds and pearls. All items can be customized per individual specifications, however some of the items featured on this website may have been sold and are merely presented here as representative of the collection.
Each is inspired by the past, styled for the present and destined to become an heirloom in the future.
Myron is from Athens Greece and is thoroughly steeped in the classics, something that undoubtedly comes through in his work. Following high school at Athens College he enrolled in the Classics and Archaeology Department at Athens University. After graduating he was awarded a scholarship to pursue an advanced degree in the University of Cincinnati’s Classics and Archaeology Department.
During his studies he participated in various excavations, conducted museum research and traveled extensively around the world. His PhD thesis was on Archaic and Classical vase painting, focusing on the collections of two Greek Museums. Upon finishing his PhD he came to New York where he also studied finance at NYU and worked as a gold analyst for two years.
Around that time he discovered the Jewelry Arts Institute of New York, a school specializing in ancient jewelry techniques including granulation, chain making, and enameling.
Fascinated with brining to bring to life objects he’d only previously found through books and study, he took several courses, apprenticing as a teaching assistant and eventually teaching there himself.
Myron soon began selling his creations and in November of 1994, he and fellow goldsmith Mark Johns started Bikakis & Johns in the same Soho studio where the business operates today.
Mark is from Live Oak, a small town about half way between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. He is a creative spirit and an avid tennis player with a great serve and volley.
After receiving a Bachelors degree in American and English Literature from Jacksonville University, he relocated to New York City and earned his Masters in English Literature from NYU.
While in New York, Mark began pursing several interests at once: singing in a rock band, studying film and studying jewelry making techniques at the Jewelry Arts Institute, where he ran into Myron.
At first, Mark assisted Myron with chain making, but after collaborating for a while and once Mark became highly skilled in the art of granulation, Myron approached him about a business partnership. Bikakis & Johns was born.
Nanci Anne Modica
Nanci hails from Manhasset, New York. Her artistic talents were in evidence early on and she began to study jewelry making while still in high school.
After high school she became a studio assistant to Keith Haring, all the while continuing to study and make her own jewelry. She has developed a charm and small jewelry line for the Keith Haring foundation and has also executed designs for Polo Ralph Lauren.
Following Harring’s death, Nanci devoted herself to jewelry making and became an assistant at the Jewelry Arts Institute.
Nanci continued as a full time teacher at Jewelry Arts until 2003, when she opened her on jewelry studio at the same building as Bikakis & Johns. Under the name Lunula Studio, Nanci focused on producing 22k classical jewelry while working part time with Myron and Mark.
However, in December 2009 they decided to merge their businesses into Bikakis Modica Johns.
An avid cyclist, Nanci is a founder of the cycling team Radical Media Racing. She is married to Jesus Perera and they have a cool son named Frankie.