Anabela Chan is the first fine jewellery brand in the world to champion laboratory-grown gemstones with high jewellery design and artisanal craftsmanship, always with a focus on ethical and sustainable innovations.
From collections pioneering recycled aluminium refined from soda cans to diamonds mined from the sky through carbon capture technology, and fully traceable artisanal mined gemstones by women in Tanzania through blockchain technology to Tahitian Pearls that regenerate local marine ecosystems, the focus of merging Science with Art to offer a different, more mindful and sustainable perspective in the industry whilst creating equally beautiful red-carpet worthy jewels has always been the brand’s mission.
Jeweller to The Stars and founded in London in 2013 with awards from Vogue Talents and The British Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, Anabela Chan is awarded as Walpole's British Luxury Brand of Tomorrow in 2020, and the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury in 2022 as a Pioneer for new business ideas and paving the way for change at pace. She is the first and only fine jewellery designer to place laboratory grown gemstone creations with recycled metals at every major red carpet events from The Oscars, Grammy’s, Emmy’s, Bafta’s, Golden Globes, MTV and Brit Awards to The Met Gala - worn by Stars from Beyonce to Rihanna, Lady Gaga to Anne Hathaway, Dua Lipa to Taylor Swift, Lupita Ngongo to Julia Roberts, Mariah Carey to J Lo, Zandaya to Zoe Kravitz and more - all without a single paid partnership.
'When I first founded my eponymous brand on graduation at the Royal College of Art in 2013, it was unheard of to pair laboratory grown gemstones and diamonds with high fine jewellery - people thought I was crazy. It was and still is my mission to offer a different perspective in the industry - presenting equally beautiful, breathtaking one-of-a-kind creations that move away from the traditional mining industry tainted with humanitarian and environmental issues - at the same time opening the notoriously exclusive doors of high jewellery to a much wider, younger demographic through a more accessible price point never possible before.'
Every story begins by hand-carving the designs in wax before casting in parts, then assembling, polishing and engraving in meticulous detail. Every stone is carefully selected for its brilliance and colour; then cut, faceted, polished and set painstakingly by hand. Every jewel is hand-crafted individually by skilled artisans, combining her love affair with gemstones and an obsession to detail and perfection, to create magical treasures of infinite colours and sparkle that are loved, worn and collected alike.
In 2020, Anabela became a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art; she has given lectures and masterclasses in sustainable jewellery design from Innovation RCA, The GIA, The Jewellery Cut to Heatherwick Studio; she is also a Art & Design Ambassador at her former boarding school providing mentoring to girls age 13-18 in the U.K.
2022 Walpole 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury
2021 NatWest Everywoman Award Finalist for Brand of The Future
2021 Country & Town House Great British Brand Zero
2020 Walpole British Luxury Brand of Tomorrow
2020 Spear's Luxury Index Top 50 Global Luxury Innovators
2014 Vogue VFDE New Talent Award
2012, 2013 ITS Finalist
2012, 2013 Sponsored by Swarovski
2012 Studio William Cutlery Design Gold Award
2012 Gemmological Association of Great Britain Award
2012, 2013 British Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards in Fine Jewellery, Platinum Jewellery