Head Designer for the Japanese jewellery company Tasaki
Melanie Georgacopoulos is a famous jeweler and designer, redefining the image of the pearl by successfully turning pearl jewelry into modern art. She is the Head Designer of the fine Japanese jewellery company Tasaki and she continues to create extraordinary jewels for private clients.
Georgacopoulos was born and raised in Greece. Her father is from Greece and her mother from France. From a very young age she was spending her time admiring jewels in the Greek museums and French bookshops. Georgacopoulos learned the craft of jewel in the Mokume Institute in Athens and continued studying sculpturing in the College of Art at Edinburgh.
During her studies in the College of Art, she met with the famous Swiss designer Antoine Sandoz. She made a 2 month internship at his office during the summer break between the 2 Masters years.
Once she finished her studies, Sandoz offered her a job designing jewels in some of the best companies in the world. Georgacopoulos stayed with him for three years. She thinks of him as her mentor. She started designing for small companies and shortly after worked with international brands.
In 2010, Georgacopoulos had to make a hard choice and even though the risk was high, she decided it was worth the effort and opened her own studio in London. She already had a lot of acquaintances from her previous jobs, so she found an agent and participated in the French Fashion Week.
The next step was to focus all her ideas around the only organic precious stone in the world, the pearl. She was fascinated with the way pearls are made from a small sea shell and can be used directly, without any need of process to reveal their beauty. She wanted to reinvest at pearls and give them a modern touch.
In 2012, Georgacopoulos started working with the world renowned fine Japanese jeweler Tasaki. That partnership gave a lot of attention to her company and also gave credibility to her work. Her pieces were continuously featured in fashion events all over the world and sold to selected customers.
“Pearls are inherently full of contradictions, youthful purity and age old wisdom, subtlety and perseverance, life and death. In my work I try to express these contradictions, the slash in the name M/G fully illustrates this quest to look not only literally inside pearls but also metaphorically, to liberate them. I set out to give pearls new life as a versatile material with a powerful aesthetic that breaks away from traditions and becomes part of contemporary culture.”