'Jewellery is empowering, it brings joy, inspires emotions and elevates the spirit like no other. I also love its longevity to transcend generations. Jewellery is timeless, it does not decay or go away, it is a chance to hold onto the past and at the same time reach out to the future, and I find that endearingly romantic.
It is perhaps slightly rebellious, a part tongue-in-cheek approach to fine jewellery that the jewels I create are not so much about the grandeur and preciousness of each gemstone; but the value and beauty in design and the meticulous craftsmanship of our human hands in unison with the wonders of our creative minds.’
About The Designer
Anabela Chan is a London based award-winning jewelry designer and artist, who arrived at jewelry from a prestigious background in architecture, fashion and art. This year, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and Taylor Swift amongst other global superstars and Royalties have all graced red carpet events wearing her enchanting, statement pieces. With awards from Vogue Talents and The British Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, Anabela was named by Harpers Bazaar UK as ’The Jewelry Designer you need to know now' and the FT How To Spend It naming her London gallery-like boutique one of the city's best kept secrets. With no marketing and strictly discovered through word of mouth, her unique jewels and objets d’art are presented at some of the most exclusive boutiques in the world including Harrods London, Land Crawford Hong Kong, Luisa Via Roma Florence and Moda Operandi New York.
Born into 3 generations of film directors and cinematographers, Anabela grew up in London and Paris, and trained at the world-renowned Royal College of Art and Gemmological Association of Great Britain. She finds her inspirations from her extensive travels to the exotic and the orient; collecting gems and treasures along the way from local markets, nature and the intriguing people she meets. A champion for sustainable, ethical laboratory-grown synthesised and simulated gemstones, through an alchemy of precious, natural and man-made materials Anabela combines elegant sculptural forms with dream-like romanticism and thought provoking narratives.
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 with the finest craftsmanship, 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.
Originally trained as an architect and a specialist in print and embroidery design, Anabela worked with Architect Lord Richard Rogers and Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen in London for 7 years before returning to jewellery to launch her eponymous label in December 2013. Anabela opened her first stand alone boutique in London Piccadilly’s Ham Yard Hotel in November 2014.
‘I want to create magical, fun and fabulous jewels that tell stories. We champion fine jewellery with ethical laboratory-grown and created gemstones that share the beauty and optical qualities of natural gemstones. Sustainable, cultured and created gemstones reduce the human and environmental toll by without destructive use of mining and untraceable provenance.
My pieces combine the magic of high jewellery with a modern wearability and ethical sustainability; a joyful playfulness reminiscence of our childhood dreams. It is about offering inspiring, beautifully-crafted jewels with longevity; works of art that are proudly worn, loved and treasured forever.’ Anabela Chan
Gemmological Association of Great Britain Award 2012
Studio William Cutlery Design Gold Award 2012
ITS Finalist 2012, 2013
Vogue VFDE New Talent Award 2014