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Born and raised in Athens to a Greek father and a French mother, London-based designer Melanie Georgacopoulos’ passion for jewellery flows from her early experiences, in addition to her international background.
As a young girl being taken around museums she marvelled at the timelessness of ancient greek jewellery. Her childhood influences would soon turn into ideas about how to redefine culturally invested symbols of power and wealth through jewellery design. She gained solid silver and goldsmithing foundations at the Mokume Institute in Athens. In her subsequent studies at the Edinburgh College of Art (Sculpture) and later at the Royal College of Art (Masters in Jewellery), her combined passions for multi dimensional form, metal and the pearl found a unique voice, engaging directly with sculpture, architecture and fashion.
In London, Melanie started designing for small companies as well as internationally renown brands under Antoine Sandoz, before giving first expression to her now trademark concept: challenging ideas about classic pearl jewellery. Here she set to capture the elemental quality of this organic, precious stone and to reinvest it with modern meanings far removed from tradition. Since then she has been exploring the endless aesthetic possibilities that the pearl can provide as jewellery. Her work constantly defies convention, bringing the pearl to the domains of art and high fashion, whilst retaining its quality as a wearable accessory.
Melanie set up her own company in 2010, since then her pieces have been featured in fashion press worldwide and sold internationally by selected stockists. She has continued to develop her original concept in her collections alongside high profile international collaborations. In 2012, she began working with the world renowned fine Japanese jeweller Tasaki, creating exciting designs produced with the brands exquisite craftsmanship. Following the huge success of this line, she was appointed Head Designer for M/G Tasaki in 2015 and continues to create her own collections for private clients.