Melanie Georgacopoulos

Melanie Georgacopoulos

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

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. Melanie also works as a visiting lecturer on the BA Jewellery Design course at Central St Martins.

Specialist Techniques:

Pearl specialist

Awards:

Finalist for the Conran Foundation Award - 2007 Theo Fennel Award - 2007 Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Fashion Category - 2014 Finalist for 'Les Talents du Luxe et de la Creation' - 2015

Education:

Royal College of Art - Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Metalwork, 2005-2007 Edinburgh College of Art - BA (Hons) First Class in Sculpture, 2000-2004 Mokume Vocational Institute - Training in Handmade Jewellery Techniques, 1997-1999 - Training in Production Jewellery Techniques, 1999-2000

Exhibitions:

Grenville Room Shop - British Museum, London, UK, March - July 2015 COLLECT Represented by The Wills Lane Gallery - Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, May 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 A Jewel Made in Greece - Vicenzaoro, Dubai, UAE, April 2015 - Technopolis, Athens, Greece, Feb 2015 London Fashion Week - London, UK, Feb 2015, Feb 2014, Sept, March 2013, Sept, March 2012 Goldsmiths Fair - Goldsmiths Hall, London, UK, Sept 2014 Couture, Rock Vault Initiative under Stephen Webster - Las Vegas, USA, June 2014, May 2013 Symbols - Gazi Area, Athens, Greece, May 2014 Paris Fashion Week - Pris, France, March 2014, Oct, March 2013, Oct, March 2012, Feb 2011 Thomas Erber Cabinet de Curiosites - Andreas Murkudis, Berlin, Germany, Dec 2012 Schmuck , 51st Special Jewellery Show, Munich, Germany, Oct 2011 I Care A Lot, Touring Exhibition - Idar-Oberstein, Lisbon, Stockholm, USA Feb - Aug 2011 Past, Present & Future - Electrum Gallery, London, UK, May 2011

Publications:

Melanie is featured in the Thames & Hudson book "The New Jewellers" by Olivier Dupon, 2012 She has also been featured in countless press publications worldwide, including: Vogue UK, Germany, Turkey, Japan, Russia, China, and Vogue Gioiello Vanity Fair UK Harpers Bazaar UK, Germany, Spain, India, Japan, China and Brazil L'Officiel France The Times Luxx Magazine UK T the New York Times Style Magazine USA Elle UK, Germany, Japan, Russia, China and Taiwan The Robb Report, USA Marie Claire UK, USA and Japan The Telegraph UK Grazia France


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    "Twist Double Ring"

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    "Twist Pendant"

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    "Twist Necklace"

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    "Baroque Pearl Ring"

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    "Baroque Pearl Bangle"

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    "Baroque Pearl Necklace"

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    "Rectangle Necklace"

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    "Asymmetrical Necklace"

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    "Cascade Necklace"

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    "Palm Tree Necklace"

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    "Essence Snug Hoop Earrings"

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    "Essence Double Z Ring"

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    "Essence Line Pendant"

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    "Flow Double Ring"

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    "Flow Open Ring"

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    "Flow Double Pearl Bangle"

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    "Glow Dress Earrings"

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    "Glow Round Pendant"

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    "Glow Earcuffs"

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    "Glow Necklace"

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