Anabela Chan London
Anabela Chan London (Est. 2013) is an award-winning jewelry design brand opened and operated by a woman who arrived at jewelry creation 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 among other global superstars and Royalties have all graced red carpet events wearing Chan’s 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.'
FT How To Spend It named her London gallery boutique one of the city's best kept secrets. With no marketing and discovered only through word of mouth, Chan’s 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.
Anabela is descended from three generations of film directors and cinematographers. She grew up in London and Paris and trained at the world-famous Royal College of Art and Gemmological Association of Great Britain. She finds inspiration in her travels to exotic locations as well as the Orient where she collects gems and treasures from the local markets, in nature, and from the intriguing people she meets.
Long a champion of sustainable, ethical laboratory-grown synthetic and simulated gemstones, Anabela combines elegant sculptural forms with dream-like romanticism and thought provoking narratives. Every jewel is individually hand-crafted by skilled artisans who employ and combine fine craftsmanship and obsession with detail and perfection and create treasures of infinite colors and sparkle to be loved, worn, and collected.
Originally trained as an architect and specialist in print and embroidery design, Anabela worked with Architect Lord Richard Rogers and Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen in London for seven years before returning to jewelry 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.
On her brand’s official website, she has written, “When I founded my eponymous brand on graduation, it was my mission to offer a different perspective in the industry. I wanted to create equally beautiful and fabulous one-of-a-kind jewels using laboratory-grown and created gemstones without the conflict, humanitarian issues and untraceable provenance associated with mining.
“I find a potent synergy in the juxtaposition of precious and non-precious, natural and manmade materials, it is luxury with a touch of humbleness …. As a designer I choose to focus my work with lab-grown, created and recycled gemstones; I also admire the work of other designers who champion recycled materials, who work solely with reputable mines and support small scale artisanal miners directly.”
During a childhood spent traveling, Anabela developed an interest in ornithology and, later, taxidermy. These fascinations take her objet d’art into the realm of entomology.
Each piece has dozens of butterfly wings attached to spokes and spools of brass and gold. These wings become intricate masses of ethereal color.
The craftsmanship and material included in her Fantasy Jewels Collections include the Blooms series that incorporate glass, crystal, ceramic and marble. It is the first of its kind fine jewelry collection featuring refined aluminum from recycled drink cans as the base metal, paired with laboratory-grown and created gemstones in vivid hues to create a dramatic, unusual and sculptural garden of blossoming blooms.
Through an alchemy of precious, natural and man-made materials, Anabela combines sculptural forms with dream-like romanticism and inspiring 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 color; then cut, faceted, polished and set painstakingly by hand using traditional techniques.
Other noteworthy collections include Supernova inspired by starbursts, nebulas and constellations in space. The super-sized Supernova Collection is the brands’ boldest and most dramatic. It features a vivid rainbow of colors to tones that shade into each other from light to dark. The gemstones used in this collection are hand-set in organic yet geometric sequences reminiscent of cascading waterfalls and starbursts in the sky.
The stunning, joyful and vibrant Forbidden Fruit Collection is inspired by exotic fruit and fauna found during the designer's travels around the world. These include Sicilian Lemons to tropical Pineapples and Berries in captivating hues of rubies, emeralds to fuchsia pink and yellow sapphires.
The Palms Collection is inspired by exotic flora and fauna from remote jungles with vivid hues of emerald greens to fuchsia pinks rendered in paraiba tourmalines, turquoise, rainbow sapphires, padparadschas, and dazzling diamonds. This collection is about offering haute joaillerie, using the craftsmanship of a bygone era, to design a range of jewels with a modern ethos.
Other collections include Tutti Fruitti, English Garden, and Butterfly Orchard which is a collection of intricate fine jewelry inspired by orchard gardens in full bloom complete with dancing butterflies.
The Mirage Collection is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color with shimmering brilliance and clarity; mimicking the wonders of exotic flora and fauna and the ever-changing skies.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland's magical garden, is The Secret Garden Collection. There is also a Maharajah Collection inspired by the opulent jewels of the Maharajahs with show-stopping pieces that are dramatic and timeless and express an air of regal opulence.
In the Fine Jewelry Collections is a modern, fun and playful collection of puppy-inspired rings hand set with dazzling natural white and black diamonds plus pink and blue sapphires. The puppy rings are designed to be worn on their own or in combination with other jewelry. They are available in 14 carat yellow and white gold in silhouettes inspired by Frenchies, Bulldogs, Terriers, Labradors, and more. Twenty-five percent of sales from this collection goes to the Wild at Heart Foundation which is a British non-profit charity that funds and supports animal welfare products around the world.
The Kitty Collection includes cat-inspired rings with a modern edge. The simplicity and fluidity of the Kitty and mini-Kitty Rings are designed to be worn in unison, on their own or in combination with other jewelry. The pieces are available in 18 carat yellow, white and rose gold with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
Other Fine Jewelry Collections include Petite Diamonds and Morpho Bloom, a contemporary twist on the classic eternity band with delicate diamonds that are hand-set into 18ct white, yellow or rose gold.
Most collections include rings, pendants and bracelets in 18ct yellow, white or rose gold with pavé-set diamonds. The brand is also known for its Limited Editions which are special one of a kind haute joaillerie pieces, set in 18ct gold with ethically and sustainably sourced natural gemstones, intended to be worn and collected alike.
For example there is are the Scarab Pins collection, one-of-a-kind pieces of scarab lapel pins, intricately set with natural iridescent gemstone beetle wings in mesmerizing, vivid jeweled hues.
In the Couture Jewelry Collections is the Jardin Du Paradis Collection, the Beasts Collection, and also the Poseidon Collection
Anabela Chan is known for its collaborations with Diamond Foundry, Soror Rings, Lobmeyr, Bernhardt Textiles, and Leaf which specializes in creating utensils designed for eating desserts.
Chan’s pieces evoke Fin-de-Siecle collections of painted porcelains and combine elegant sculptural forms with dream-like romanticism and thought-provoking narratives.