Who started it? Half French and half Greek, Melanie Georgacopoulos gained a master of arts degree in jewellery design at the Royal College of Art in London. During a much-travelled youth, she absorbed the artwork, monuments and architecture of Athens and other historic cities across Europe. Although she studied sculpture in Edinburgh, Scotland, Georgacopoulos' interests shifted to fashion and soon she was designing accessories. After Georgacopoulos exhibited her collection during last year's Paris Fashion Week, at the Valery Demure showroom, her multisyllabic name was on the lips of many of the rich and fashionable. Her latest line, the stunning Pearl collection, was inspired by a pearl necklace she inherited from her grandmother.
Why we love it: for taking the classic pearl necklace and accessories and reworking them into a contemporary style. The pearl necklace is no longer solely in the realm of women of a certain age. Georgacopoulos often incorporates pearls with silver and gold. Her rings and necklaces, which come with a creative twist and a flourish of interesting geometry and lines, have an art-deco feel. Impeccable quality adds to the allure and, with the different sizes and shapes of the freshwater pearls used, the price tags vary, too.
What we would pick: the three-in-one Butterfly Shell bangle (below; HK$22,480), studded with white freshwater pearls on gold wire; the 'X' bracelet (above right; HK$13,720) with ascending white freshwater pearls and gold-plated silver chains, and the Arlequin pendant (above left; HK$8,730).
Where can you get it? Melanie Georgacopoulos jewellery is available at Hammer Gallery, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, tel: 9166 3757.