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Luxury Guilty Pleasures we Covet* Anabela Chan's Bird inspired Jewelry
Luxury Guilty Pleasures we Covet* Anabela Chan’s Bird inspired Jewelry
Our inspiration for this Winter is for sure the wild side and animal inspirations we so live at KOKET. Presenting our wild side at Maison et Objet Booth I24/J23 our statement pieces, wild animal prints will stun you this season. Today we will present you one of our inspirations when it comes to jewelry design and incredible luxury and empowering women lifestyle.
Anabela Chan is a London and Paris-based award-winning jewelry designer and artist, who trained at the world-renowned Royal College of Art with 5 prestigious awards.
Through an alchemy of natural, precious and man-made materials, Anabela combines elegant sculptural forms with dream-like romanticism and thought-provoking narratives, to create unique jewels and treasures that can be handed down the generations. Every piece of Anabela Chan Jewels is hand-crafted individually at the atelier using the finest craftsmanship in haute joaillerie; combining her love affair with gemstones and an obsession to detail and perfection to create magical jewels of infinite colors and sparkle.
Born into 4 generations of film directors and cinematographers, Anabela 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.
The similarities with KOKET‘s will with finding the most exclusive and exotic materials like the Gem in our Gem Table Lamp, are incredible.
Originally trained as an architect and a specialist in print and embroidery design, Anabela worked with Lord Richard Rogers and Alexander McQueen in London for 7 years before returning to jewelry to launch her eponymous label in November 2013.
I want to create magical, fun and fabulous jewels that tell stories. We champion fine jewellery with sustainable, ethical lab-grown gemstones that share the unrivalled beauty and optical qualities of natural mined gemstones, with haute joaillerie craftsmanship. Sustainable, cultured gemstones reduces the human and environmental toll by without destructive use of mining and untraceable provenance.
This year, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and FKA Twigs have all graced red carpet events wearing her enchanting, statement pieces.
Inspired by travel, Chan’s ornate works are a reflection of her own personal journeys. From the depths of the Iguazu Jungle, to the beaches of Hawaii, the 31-year-old criss-crosses the globe collecting gems and knick-knacks, feathers and butterflies to incorporate into her unique designs.
“I find birds fascinating. The variety of species, their unique colors, their features, their textures — and especially their movements. There’s something magical about that moment when a bird takes flight, I want to capture that in my jewelry.
I remember how when I was younger — around five years old — my grandfather would take me to Hong Kong Park. I would always drag my grandfather into the park’s aviary. Hong Kong is such a concrete jungle, but for me, the aviary was an oasis.
A lot of people see jewelry as a static item. But I think when you wear jewelry there is always movement, especially with things that have kinetic parts and different connections. There’s a lot you can play with.
I think the most beautiful color combinations come from nature. The parrots here at the aviary have hues of vermillion red running through their fern green feathers, with flecks of black and yellow. Immediately, all these little gems come to mind — ruby garnets, green peridots, yellow citrines with black onyx. It’s so inspiring.” said Anabela to CNN channel who interviewed her in her hometown, Hong Kong.
See also our article on our wild wall covering prints to be presented at Maison et Objet.