;ewellery Wear with pride: A one-of-a-kind brooch—or any
other piece—from Wallace Chan is a singular masterwork
by one of the world’s most gifted jewellers.
BADGE OF HONOUR
;;;;;; ; ;;;;;; ;;;;; warrants wearing many pins at once, a magnificent few demand to stand alone.
And perhaps none are more deserving than those created by Wallace Chan, such as the 10-by-8-centimetre
( 3.9-by- 3.2-inch) Apsara brooch above. According to Hindu and Buddhist myth, the Apsara (or Celestial Maiden)
represents beauty, dance and love—employing, in this case, a 4.04-carat fancy intense yellow diamond, along with
emerald, other fancy coloured diamonds and crystals. The Hong Kong–based Chan, a native of China’s Fujian
Province, is known for creating and mastering techniques such as etching elaborate designs within gemstones.
He may spend a decade on one project, achieving results of unabashed splendour. “I want dramatic pieces,”
Chan says, “jewellery that never ceases to amaze the beholder.”
Wallace Chan uses—
technology in his
work, but describes
his process in simple
terms: “You need to
turn yourself into light
and enter the world of
the gemstone, as if you
have disappeared.” P