Designs from the MOP Oval Facets Collection
Melanie uses various types of mother of pearl to construct each piece, and sometimes, multiple types of mother of pearl are used in one piece.
Placing various pieces of cut mother of pearl to create a heart-shaped brooch.
The gold casing for the heart brooch.
Mother of Pearl Gemstones Heart Brooch in 18K yellow gold with golden, lavender, peacock and white mother of pearl, $4,860 | Photo: Caroline Fayette
Georgacopoulos also creates unique rings, bracelets necklaces and earrings, like this peacock MOP Oval Facets ring with peacock mother of pearl and a peacock freshwater pearl. She says, “It is important for me to draw attention to the craftsmanship and how one can elevate a humble material to (hopefully) the same level as a ‘real’ gemstone. As we move towards a time of scarcity of natural materials and of having to take action to preserve, rather than further destroy, our natural environment, I want to draw attention to mother of pearl, which is usually considered a by-product of the pearling industry. Let’s use all of the shell and not just the pearl and push ourselves in terms of design to innovate and push the boundaries of contemporary pearl design. All the different components of the collection sourced and produced. The main components are made in Germany and assembled in London where our base is.”
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