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Our Story . Ethical Sustainability

‘We are all visitors on the planet.  We are only here for one hundred years at the very most.  During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives.  If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.’     Dalai Lama    

 

Our Story . Championing Laboratory Grown & Created Gemstones

'Jewellery has the magic to empower and bring immense joy; for something so small that can be held in the palm of your hand, it can hold a world of emotions and memories.   An object of art and craftsmanship, beauty and desire that can be worn on the body close to our hearts.

When I was in my first year at the Royal College of Art in London, I met a friend from footwear design whose family is in the gemstone and mining industry. Naturally, I asked curiously why she wasn’t on the goldsmithing and jewellery course, like I was.  She simply said, if I had seen what she had seen, then I would not want to be a part of that industry, too.  Like a seed planted in my head, that was the moment I became curious with the centuries-old traditions and romanticism over the fine jewellery industry. 

I have always been an eternal optimist, one who loves a challenge and takes multi-tasking to its core.  When I went on my honeymoon 3 weeks before my final graduation show at the RCA in 2013 (with my collections meticulously planned and ready in advance), I made sure to visit a gemstone mine in Sri Lanka during our adventures.  Seeing is believing - I was shocked to see the working conditions of the mine, the risks and the inequality of the excavation of such precious things - it was at that moment I decided to explore alternative options and began my research and quest into championing laboratory-grown and created gemstones in my fine jewellery collections.  

As with all design discipline, I believe it is about learning from the past to offer a different perspective in the present, always with a dream for a better future.'

Anabela Chan