The Litinvs Story

An Ancient Brand Vitality & His Independent Creativity Since 1745,




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We have an outstanding heritage of portrait cameos expertise that stretches back over centuries, which is proved by national poets and writers of that time Alexandros Papadiamantis & British poet Lord Byron. Creative talent of our portrait cameo manufacturing middle 18th century commissioned to create portraits for individuals and several important personalities.

ENGRAVED GEMSTONE PORTRAIT OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE BY LITINVS 1821.


Litinvs have the virtue of patience throughout 300 year modern history, high skilled knowledge with experience and education creates exclusive engraved gemstone jewels from photograph, he reserved a Heritage property for the exclusive making of your portrait.




1745 - 1839


 


LITINVS EUTYCHIOS TSOUTIS PROPERTY IN ATHENS SINCE 1745.


Litinvs Eutychios Tsoutis has been perpetuating the tradition 18th century, begins his activity since 1745 as a teenager 3rd great grandfather opens a coffee shop with his engraving workshop in the "Heroes square" at psyri located in the ancient older section of the old town in Athens Greece, labyrinthine streets & neoclassical architecture of the area (Official registered since 1839), property is listed by Unesco into the preservation of their cultural Heritage.
Eutychios took part into the Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution used his property and extraordinary patience carving engraved gemstones jewels  waged by several revolutionaries against the Ottoman Empire between 1790 and 1839.

Litinvs followed the Western-educated Greeks, many of whom had been seized by the spirit of the French Revolution, Litinvs had invested great hopes to Napoleon Bonaparte and his Greek descendants, whom they expected to support their aim for independence, carved the gemstones portraits of Napoleon & French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayettehowever, Litinvs described Napoleon Bonaparte with Greek inscriptions  "ΒΟΝΑΠΑΡΤΗΣ" or "ΚΑΛΟΜΕΡΗΣ".


ENGRAVED GEMSTONE PORTRAIT OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE BY LITINVS 1821.


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Litinvs friendship with Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron) carved the portrait of the British poet adventurer Lord Byron revere him as a national herojoined the Greek War of Independence fighting against the Ottoman Empire. Litinvs & Byron  living in the same neighbourhood at psyri  located in the ancient older section of the old town in Athens Greece.
Our archives a first edition of poems signed by Lord Byron to Litinvs Eutychios Tsoutis,
"This cofee and stones at Tsoutis Athens"
while Byron writing his stories was lying at an angle in the corner of the Litinvs coffee shop, it was a wonderful opportunity to share engraved gemstones & perhaps the most evocative gemstones conceivable in all nineteenth-century worldwide, were commissioned through Byron association.”

THE WORKS OF LORD BYRON VOL III, 1818. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION IN 19TH CENTURY LITERATURE - LITINVS ARCHIVES.

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There were some beautiful portrait engraved jewels presented to Lord Byron by his poets like "Maid of Athens", "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte", "Hebrew prophets", and "Hellenistic heroes". Litinvs continued, to create for byron several gemstone portraits at reverse jewels was an inscription – “To Lord Byron".

The family workshop recognized Lithoglyph works to some extend be defined ancient Graeco-Roman Times quality criteria, Litho as small stone,  glyph executed in a relief on some substance precious either for its beauty, rarity, or hardness, glyph relative with glyptic art in small precious stones.


LORD BYRON`S VOL III BOUND IN CONTEMPORARY CALF BY CALIGHANI PARIS SHOWING ITS AGE
SIGNED "THIS COFEE AND STONES AT TSOUTIS ATHENS"  BY LORD BYRON 1818.





1839 - 1923




 

LITINVS ZACHARIAH TSOUTIS 1894.


Zachariah Tsoutis 2nd great grandfather continou the workshop, the greatest learning for Litinvs to manufacture portrait cameos precision according ancient Graeco-Roman quality criteria, took the chance continously from father to son perpetuating a unique heritage workmanship.

Litinvs friendship with national Greek novelist Alexandros Pepekas Papadiamantiscoorporate with him carved several portraits of the army marshals.

Litinvs creates works with the "Great Powers" used his property and extraordinary patience, when King Otto second son of King Ludwig I of Bavaria ascended the newly throne of Greece regarded Litinvs for his bravery to rebuild peace between the democratical elections and commissioned portrait cameos. In addition, King Otto and Amalia of Oldenburg, produced their unrealistic "Great Idea", dream restoring Greece under Christian rule, Litinvs manufactured stone portraits for the Royal Regalia introduced "king of Hellenes". 

In the Litinvs Museum our stone collection contain the names of many leading historical European figures. The portrait cameo of King George II  for the restoration of the Monarchy in Greece, by His Majesty the King of Hellenes gave the authorization to Litinvs cut his likeness into precious gemstone, the beauty of this portrait appearance is still today one of the most A-Class workmanship. Zachariah took the family business with passion, introduced new inventions, safe hook and precision hand tools, Zachariah had notable clients to commemorate exclusive famous portraits "Great Powers" & "Royalty" for several successions.

ENGRAVED GEMSTONE PORTRAIT OF PRINCESS MARGARET OF CONNAUGHT CHARLOTTE AUGUSTA NORAH BY LITINVS 1905.




1923 - 1967


  


LITINVS CONSTANTINE TSOUTIS & HIS BROTHER MICHAEL CORPORATION.


Litinvs Constantine Tsoutis 1st great grandfather and Michael Tsoutis continou the tradition together till 1967.

The failure for the invasion of Allied Greece by Fascist Italy & Nazi Germany (28th Octomber 1940) during World War II, was created by Litinvs several portrait engraved gemstones jewels of Alexander Papagos  the Greek Field Marshal who led the Hellenic Army in World War II victory against the Axis powers, Litinvs portrait cameos signed, "1st ALLIED VICTORY OF THE ENTIRE WAR". In addition the Portrait cameo of the British Prime Minister of United Kingdom Sir Winston Churchill was created in 1941 to commemorate his succesions in global War II.

The occupation of Greece by the Axis Powers began 7 months later, 1st June 1941 after Nazi Germany invaded Creta island, British soldiers from the 1st, 2nd & 7th Armoured Brigade blockaded in Greece by the Germans.

Litinvs Constantine Tsoutis used his property to organized successfully the rescue of 137 British soldiers through the British naval secret services as well rescue Jewish families & children from the Holocaust, he took high risk to hide them into his own property  cellar, that time Litinvs created portrait cameos Israelian Biblical Prophets carved to encourage  Jewish community with his stone Biblical portrait cameos, stone memorials signed date 1941have frequently played an important role in the Jewish community will cause next generations children to ask; "What do these stones mean?" .. secondly, the Memorial stones were a basis of sharing faith with God against the Holocaust, Litinvs portrait cameos signed ancient Greek letters "ΜΑΡΤΥΡ ΕΝ ΑΘΗΝΗΣΙ", means "Athenian witness".


After global War II national bank of Greece undertaken loans Litinvs Michael Tsoutis commissioned the engraving works for the National Bank, the old German and British aristocracy quickly become Litinvs’s clientele. 

In 1967 his son Litinvs Zachariah Tsoutis considered it appropriate to write the technique precision his family knew in modern times from 18th century the portrait cameo jewellery manufacturing he gave the chance to the following descendants Constantine Tsoutis to continue the Litinvs tradition till today.




ENGRAVED GEMSTONE PORTRAIT SIR JOHN DAVISON ROCKEFELLER BY LITINVS 1947.





2007


 


LITINVS CONSTANTINE TSOUTIS CONTINUES THE TRADITION.


Litinvs is an independent engraved gemstone jeweller manufacturer, illustrate the virtue of patience from the begining. Its independence enables it to go its own way and control its own destiny.


Litinvs Constantine Tsoutis continues the engraving gemstone jewel tradition,
 the story of a unique heritage workmanship, combination of patience, experience, ingenuity & passion the Litinvs safeguards and revitalizes in all its disciplines skills.

Its capacity to innovate reflects a brand's vitality, his creativity and ingenuity have not faded, but steadily increased ; witness the fact since 2007 Litinvs invented the first Complicated High Cameo,
INVENTOR  COMPLICATED  HIGH  CAMEOS


included the E.S.I, Eyesight Improvement, and several technical inventions to improve a comprehensive engineering and portrait jewelry development process when wearing Litinvs jewels, the new fully engraved case with a modern neoclassical artisan style, is a Litinvs tribute who master rare handicrafts.

In 2012 Litinvs Constantine creates the portrait of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II from her coronation portrait 1953 to commemorate her 60 year diamond jubilee.


ENGRAVED GEMSTONE PORTRAIT OF THE BRITISH MONARCH QUEEN ELIZABETH II BY LITINVS 2012.

All his creations are branded the Litinvs seal of quality apply to the jewellery art work, gemstone & metal surface that defines all competencies and features of relevance to the creation precision and durability through the centuries.

Litinvs Constantine says, 

"In 
our owned-workshop, we have remarkable degree of patience, understand always our clients to explore the portrait imagination uninhibited by commercial restraints. So.. where to look for inspiration? Litinvs uses patience as a prime example ;

Allegory of Patience

that pays homage to all aspects of the engraving art work and invention–particularly the detailed gem portrait jewel with (ESI) eyesight improvement. The task of initiating a new, or even unique Portrait Engraved Jewel from a photograph is an act of,

Creative Bravery

Litinvs must always ask, how beautiful will it be? Not how many will we sell".


President Litinvs Constantine Tsoutis