Extraordinary Tales. Our Top 10 Stories in 2020
As we step into the New Year with positivity, resilience and hope, we look back on the stories that fill us with gratitude in an extraordinary year.
In August this year, we opened our new London Flagship Boutique at the iconic 35B Sloane Street.
“In times of challenge, it is both refreshing and a blessing to be able to bring positive news; a new opening to offer our clients and friends uplifting and joyful jewels in a newly designed space that is not only safe, but offers a truly special, magical and personal experience that is worth venturing out for. I personally look forward to welcoming you safely soon at both of our Knightsbridge and Piccadilly boutiques.” Anabela
2. RAISING OVER $88,000 FOR 10 CHARITIES WORLDWIDE.
THIS YEAR WE SUPPORTED:
AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF via The Australian RedCross, The NSW Rural Fire Rescue and WIRES Animal Rescue.
IMPERIAL PREMATURITY RESEARCH to support vital research at Imperial College London to prevent premature births.
ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION, the Foundation that works to provide treatment, testing, care and support to people at risk of or living with HIV.
GEM LEGACY, the charity that seeks to create positive impact and expand the natural benefaction of gemstone mining on the surrounding community.
AGE U.K. and The TRUSSELL TRUST FOOD BANKS, in support of their pandemic emergency relief efforts.
STEPHEN LAURENCE CHARITABLE TRUST and NAACP LEGAL DEFENCE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND, two charities in support of anti-racism, racial justice and equal opportunities.
The NHS Charities in support of the vital works by our frontline healthcare workers.
MAGIC BREAKFAST, a U.K. registered charity that ensures no children in their partner schools are too hungry to learn, by providing healthy breakfast food and extra support to help identify and reach those pupils at risk of hunger.
V&A YOUNG PATRONS' CIRCLE FUTURE FUND towards inspiring initiatives that support young people to innovate, a vision that is at the heart of the Museum's mission.
WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, a charity helping women survivors of war around the world to rebuild their lives.
WILD AT HEART FOUNDATION, a British non-profit charity who funds and supports animal welfare projects around the world.
CRIS CANCER FOUNDATION, an independent non-profit organisation, fully dedicated to facilitating and developing research to beat cancer.
3. RIHANNA GRACING 23 INTERNATIONAL COVERS OF HARPERS BAZAAR WEARING ANABELA CHAN.
For the September Issue, Rihanna wears AC Constellation Pearl Choker for the cover story of 23 International editions of Harper's Bazaar.
4. TRASH TO TREASURES - LAUNCHING OUR BLOOMS! COLLECTION IN RECYCLED ALUMINIUM.
BLOOMS is the first of its kind fine jewellery collection featuring refined aluminium from recycled drink cans as the base metal, achieving mesmerising psychedelic colours through the process of physical vapour deposition, a method employed from the automobile and horology industries; paired with scintillating laboratory-grown and created gemstones in vivid hues to create a dramatic, unusual sculptural garden of blossoming blooms. A tale from trash to treasures, it is our most exciting and innovative collection yet.
5. ANABELA CHAN AWARDED AS A WALPOLE BRITISH LUXURY BRAND OF TOMORROW 2020.
Walpole is the official sector body for UK luxury and is highly respected within the industry, representing over 250 of the UK’s finest brands, from Rolls Royce to Rolex, Bentley to Burberry.
Brands of Tomorrow supports aspiring British luxury companies of the future that demonstrate the highest standards of quality, design and craftsmanship, to fulfil their potential that will pioneer growth, export goods and services, create employment and drive innovation in luxury in the coming decades.
6. AT THE OSCARS IN HOLLYWOOD, L.A. IN SUPPORT OF THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION GALA.
During The Oscars 2020, our one of a kind AC x Diamond Foundry Orchid Earrings were auctioned by actress Sharon Stone, with 100% of proceeds going to support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
7. MOMENTS OF CLARITY - ATELIER FUTURE DEBUTS IN BRITISH VOGUE SEPTEMBER ISSUE.
Atelier Future, our new initiative with projects dedicated to a better future previews in British Vogue September Issue, Moments of Clarity by Rachel Garrahan, with our first collection of one-of-a-kind creations featuring fully ethical, sustainable and traceable mined gemstones to the very miner herself/himself using blockchain technology, where artisanal miners receive 90-95% of the export price of each stone, (3-10 times the convention) made possible with Moyo Gems, The Tanzanian Women's Mining Association and the global non-profit group, Pact.
8. FLOWER THERAPY INITIATIVE DEDICATED TO ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19.
This Summer Anabela painted a flower a day from her garden to collectively endow a park bench in London dedicated to all essential workers fighting COVID-19.
"As a designer, I have found endless inspirations from nature far and wide. During this testing time I started painting flowers from our garden for a sense of calm, creativity and therapeutic refuge, I called it my daily flower therapy.
During the Spring lockdown in London, I painted a flower sketch daily when I could, with every original sketch sold at £250 and 100% of it going towards the endowment of a park bench in Central London, dedicated to all frontline healthcare and key-workers worldwide during the Covid-19." Anabela
9. OUR NHS GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY STORIES.
In May 2020, we announced our Gratitude Giveaway to our NHS frontline & key workers, and asked YOU to tag yourself or friends and family. We are delighted to bring some positive sparkles to three of our incredible frontline workers.
"It really was impossible to choose, so I enlisted help from my 3 years old daughter and mini quarantine assistant Valentine, who drew three names for us.
I wanted to share with you the inspiring stories of our three winners - their courage and dedication, kindness and support as well as all frontline workers continue to remind us the importance of staying home to save lives; that the world is one and together we will overcome this to brighter days.
Meet Nishi, a anaesthetist from Gloucester redeployed to put the sickest patients onto ventilators; Kat, an ICU Critical Care Nurse from Suffolk and Jen, a GP from Worcestershire who also founded The Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, in memory of her beautiful daughter.🐞" Anabela
10. AC x HEAVEN COUTURE FACE MASK COLLABORATION IN SUPPORT OF NHS CHARITIES & MAGIC BREAKFAST.
Possibly the most beautiful face masks you ever did see.
A design collaboration between British jewellery designer Anabela Chan and fashion designer Heaven Tenudiredja from Antwerp.
A special collection of reusable face covering in 100% upcycled couture fabrics, with luxurious silk duchesse intricately hand-embroidered with scintillating butterflies and hummingbirds in iridescent sequins and bugle beads, shimmering in the air.
Because sometimes you want to be extra special, whilst staying safe.
To date we have proudly raised over £5000 for NHS Charities and Magic Breakfast U.K. through the sales of our face masks.
11. OPENING OUR FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY BOUTIQUE, INTERACTIVE & SHOPPABLE, AND AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, 24/7.