TASAKI M/G New Jewellery Collection rethinks pearls that aren’t for your granny. Did you ever think that your pearl necklace that your grandmother left you could be reworked and designed into something that you would actually wear today? Well Tasaki and Melanie Georgacopoulos celebrate the 10 years of their joint line, M/G Tasaki, with exciting new modern designs.
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In 2012, Melanie Georgacopoulos, the ever-inventive pearl jeweller, became a guest designer for Tasaki. The most respected jewellery brand in Japan and the number one producer of Akoya pearls in the world. We had a chance to catch up with her at a press preview for the new TASAKI M/G New Jewellery Collection. With pieces that spoke to all jewellery lovers, she also gave us tips one how to wear them. She has revolutionised how to wear pearls.
Committed to a shared passion for edgy and exciting designs, the Japanese pearl company launched a line named M/G Tasaki with Ms Georgacopoulos. We were invited to touch, feel and wear our favourite pieces and style our very own mini jewellery shoot.
As a guest designer with access to Tasaki’s high-tech research arm and their limitless pearl inventory. Melanie Georgacopoulos gives complete freedom to her creative addiction of revealing the inner beauty of pearls by slicing, dicing or faceting them.
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The latest additions to her existing Wedge collection could not have been designed for anybody other than Tasaki. A sharp-angled section of the pearls is taken out and a gold inlay is inserted in its place. The effect is mesmerising as the gold panel sparkles as it catches the light.
For Square Leaf, one of the new collections that mark this 10th anniversary, Melanie contrasts the hardness of a square gold sheet with the roundness of the pearls. The warm hues of the yellow gold gently fold and caress the pearls, highlight the whiteness of the nacre. The geometric minimalism, which gives a false impression of simplicity, hides a complex and elaborated craft process perfectly executed in Tasaki’s ateliers in Japan.
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Clever mechanisms that simplify the life of the wearer are a neat addition to most of the jewels. As an example, the engineers have created a clasp that by pulling on a rectangular gold tag it adjusts the length of any chain. Bracelets can be shortened and tightened to keep the pearl on top of the wrist and necklaces can be worn long or short. Another technical feat is the genius ball-shaped clasp entirely made of yellow gold that is easy to open and close and echoes the roundness of the pearls and becomes an integral part of the design.
Triple Pearl is the other new anniversary collection. The line plays with three sizes and tones of pearls in a gradient of white, pink and purple. Ms Georgacopoulos had Tasaki’s younger customers in mind when she created the Triple Pearl’s ear cuff. Nestled across the top of the ear, it attracts millennials, who are more drawn to strong design than conventional pearl jewellery. The effect is mesmerising and confirm that pearls are the perfect complement to an edgy look. The collection speaks to the inner rock goddess mixed with the gallery girl edge.
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When asked what triggers her fascination for pearls, Ms Georgacopoulos says: ‘Pearls are inherently full of contradictions, youthful purity and age old wisdom, subtlety and perseverance, life and death. In my work I try to express these contradictions. The slash in the name M/G fully illustrates this quest to look not only literally inside pearls but also metaphorically, to liberate them. I set out to give pearls new life as a versatile material with a powerful aesthetic that breaks away from traditions and becomes part of contemporary culture.”
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While some might think that pearls are too granny looking, the M/G Tasaki collection is sure to change your mind. M/G Tasaki has challenged the ideas about what is achievable with pearls with intricate and trend-setting designs. I believe that these pearls can take you from the boardroom to your diner date! Maybe your next gift to a girlfriend our yourself should be a piece of these modern designs. Thank you for having us!
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