An­abela Chan

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Jewelry -

jew­ellery designer BACK­GROUND Hong Kong-born An­abela Chan grew up in a fam­ily of cin­e­matog­ra­phers and film di­rec­tors. She moved to Paris at the age of 10 and later stud­ied at the Bartlett School of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don. She worked with noted ar­chi­tect Richard Rogers, then be­came a fash­ion print and em­broi­dery designer for Alexander Mcqueen and All­saints for seven years be­fore launch­ing her jew­ellery brand in 2013. Since then, she has won five in­ter­na­tional de­sign awards, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Gold­smiths’ Crafts­man­ship and De­sign Awards in the Fine Jew­ellery —Plat­inum Jew­ellery cat­e­gory for a cy­cla­men pocket square brooch. It was her first de­sign por­tray­ing lace in plat­inum and white gold, which was set with yel­low, white, pink and blue di­a­monds and a sin­gle grey Tahi­tian pearl. DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURE Chan’s pieces are colour­ful and sculp­tural, and are mainly fo­cused on na­ture, with a lot of at­ten­tion to work­man­ship and de­tail. A pro­po­nent of sus­tain­able jew­ellery, she uses a com­bi­na­tion of nat­u­ral and lab-grown gem­stones (each se­lected for their bril­liance and colour) that are cut, faceted and pol­ished by hand.

BRAND PHI­LOS­O­PHY Jew­els that bring joy to their own­ers, com­bin­ing crafts­man­ship and wear­a­bil­ity while telling sto­ries of fan­tasy, are Chan’s ul­ti­mate goal. “It’s about of­fer­ing inspiring, beau­ti­fully crafted jew­els with longevity—works of art that are worn, loved and trea­sured for­ever,” she says.

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