London based designer Melanie Georgacopoulus has created new designs from Athens-born. The designs are modeled after faceted gemstones. They are an example of sleek, wearable pearl jewelry.
Each of the items in the 15 piece Mother of Pearls Gemstones line is a piece of art. All of them are framed in 18-karat gold and spotlights dozens of iridescent mother-f-pearl segments pieced together.
They mimic the facets of a traditionally cut precious stone. Its luminous brooches have been modeled after marquise. The brilliant cuts and pendants have been faceted to appear like oval and cushion cuts.
These designs in the new collection range from $3,660-$6,700.
Melanie graduated from the London Royal College of Art. In 2010, she launched her brand. She has in her career time worked with some of the world’s leading voices in contemporary pearl design.
One of them being Tasaki. M/G Tasaki is the brand name of her joint collection with the Japanese jewelry. It was created in 2015 and additional collaborations are on the horizon.
The aim of her designs
Melanie crafted the new Mother of Pearl Gemstones to make a statement on current symbols of wealth. She says that she made her pieces in response to the incredibly high prices that gemstones like diamonds get at auctions. Her designs aim to question the value of things in a wider context. This is a contemporary issue.
Pearls captivate Melanie as traditional jewels. She loves how they come in beautiful unique colors and are ready to use immediately they are taken out of the sea. They do not require faceting like other gemstones do.
Pearls come with a lot of restrictions. Their softness makes them hard to work with. Melanie, however, loves the challenge and is up to it.