Accessories Spotlight: Anabela Chan

Anabela Chan knows the power of a precious, ornate, beautiful object.  We absolutely adore the statement pieces she creates which draw from her training in architecture, fashion and art.  Her designs take center stage in any outfit.  But, beyond making a stunning first impression, her pieces provoke a broader conversation, both on style and substance.  Needless to say, Anabela is our favorite kind of chic.

Anabela’s “aha moment” occurred when she visited a Sri Lankan gemstone mine shortly after graduating from Royal College of Art in London.  She was appalled by the working conditions of the mine.  “The risks and the inequality were an eye opener,” she says.  This realization led Anabela to explore new methods of gem stone manufacturing and, due to recent exciting advances in laboratory-grown gemstones, she has become a champion for sustainable and ethical jewelry design.  “Through an alchemy of precious, natural, and man-made materials, I create magical, fun, and colorful jewels that tell stories,” she says.

The designer launched her eponymous label in 2013 and, prior to this, worked with Lord Richard Rogers and Alexander McQueen in London for seven years before returning to jewelry.  Throughout those years, she continued her love for exotic travel, often to the orient, and these trips continue to inspire her collections.

Her handcrafted works of art are delicate, detailed, and enchanting statements that promise to zhuzh and elevate any ensemble for any occasion.  In fact, we would say, they are the occasion.   And in the fashion of our time, a diamond peony ring that tells a story of optimism, or an art deco rose gold butterfly orchid neckpiece that empowers the whimsical, Anabela designs, she says, for the “modern woman who is confident, individual, and has fun with what she wears, regardless of age.”

We particularly love her cocktail rings in 18ct yellow gold with lab-grown solitaire emerald, pavé-set sapphires, garnets and diamonds.  And when we are in the mood for earrings, her feather drop earrings with lab-grown solitaire tourmaline, garnets and citrines are the perfect outfit addition.

You can visit Anabela and her boutique at the Ham Yard Hotel (a.k.a. our London happy place).  She is often there and is always eager to keep the conversation – about beauty, craftsmanship, and sustainability – going.

About the Author

Sarah Berner is a fashion industry advisor, investor, and business leader. She is particularly passionate about brands that empower women and fashion for the woman on the go, given her non-stop schedule that traverses the many disparate dress codes of Manhattan and beyond. While she spends an inordinate amount of time in Gucci slides, her favorite accessory is Luddie her 5-lbs Chihuahua. You can follow her on Instagram @saraheberner.