Greek artist Gregory Grozos gives new life to antique jewelry by encasing miniature worlds inside pocket watches and pendants. Inspired by classic art, fantasy, and steampunk, each handmade piece of miniature art tells stories of imaginary microcosms, where tiny figurines are placed among little homes, workplaces, and even forests.
“A few years ago I had the idea of making an entire tiny world which a person can carry on him or her,” reveals Grozos. “I then started developing ways to do exactly that. My work is very painstaking and most pieces take days or even weeks to complete.” Each carefully composed trinket is made of countless individually placed elements such as tiny figurines, little cogs, and miniature trees. Many of Grozos’ steampunk inspired pieces seem to house entire factories inside their metal casings, with complex machinery and tiny people working inside.
Other pieces are inspired by fairytales, such as one pocket watch featuring a miniature Jack and the Beanstalk scene inside of it. Despite the lack of space, Grozos still manages to tell the whole story by cleverly dividing the scene into levels connected by the famous beanstalk. Another piece features a teeny-tiny apothecary inside a Victorian-era pocket watch case. Impressively, it’s full of little details, such as rows of bottles, jars, and containers of varying sizes.
You can see many more of Grozos’ miniature worlds and even purchase some on Etsy.