Raised in a family of goldsmiths, he was taught from an early age the art of jewellery and commerce. In the late 60’s he decided to work in the “traditional” business and chose a sector that was new in the Greek jewellery market at that time: jewels with precious stones. Preferring wholesale, soon, he became very popular among his colleague jewellers-customers for the quality of stones, the jewellery design, and his excellent cooperation with them. It was a consistent relationship for the jewellery and the customer. In 2003 Ioannis Patilis’ son, Nicholas, returned to Greece after completing his studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), continuing for third generation the tradition in jewellery with precious stones.