In our online Craftsmanship series, we take you behind-the-scenes with some of the world’s most talented designers to show you how your favorite luxury products are made.
Melanie Georgacopoulos is not your average pearl-jewelry designer. The Greek/French designer, who is based in London, uses pearl in a variety of creative and ultra-contemporary ways, completely elevating the pearl in a modern way. Growing up in Athens, Georgacopoulos was fascinated with ancient Greek jewelry. She earned her goldsmithing degree at Mokume Institute in Athens before studying sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art; she also received her Masters in Jewelry at Royal College of Art. She worked with plenty of jewelry companies before launching her eponymous line in 2010, and she has a collection with Tasaki, called M/G Tasaki. Elite Traveler brings you behind the scenes to Georgacopoulos’ atelier, where she handcrafts her unique mother-of-pearl fine jewelry.
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