Melanie Georgacopoulos Slices Pearls for M/G Tasaki

Melanie Georgacopoulos Slices Pearls for M/G Tasaki
Melanie Georgacopoulos M/G Tasaki necklace with titanium chains and 5mm white freshwater pearls.
(Courtesy Melanie Georgacopoulos )

TOKYO – London-based Jewelry designer Melanie Georgacopoulos has teamed up with Japanese pearl brand Tasaki for a new collection focused on the colors and circles contained in sliced pearls.

M/G Tasaki was launched at the London and Paris Fashion Weeks, the latest project in a career that has seen her reimagine pearls as a tough and weighty adornment for modern independent women.

Georgacopoulos who initially studied sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art, began her career after obtaining an MA in Jewelry and Metalwork from the Royal College of Art in London. She began her own brand in 2010 with an aim to change attitudes to pearls, modernizing their usage from classic pearl necklaces to create artistic jewelry in the realm of high fashion.

The new capsule collection pairs her up with Tasaki creative director Thakoon Panichgu and features Georgacopoulos’ trademark sliced pearls, cut through the middle to reveal concentric circles in the style of tree trunk rings. While at first glance, the pearls on the bracelets appear nearly identical, on close inspection a range of pinks emanate from the pearl cores.

The Greek-French designer was able to utilize Tasaki's advanced processing technologies and exceptional quality pearls to create stylish necklaces that bloom with peacock freshwater pearls, contrasting and shimmering with lines of their pure white counterparts.

With an aim to showcase pearl’s unique organic nature, the collection includes earrings and rings encased in gold, drape necklaces and fragile pearl bibs laced with fabric.

Tasaki is one of Japan's leading pearl makers, alongside Mikimoto who were the first to discover how to create them.