Artist jeweller Wallace Chan communicates a love of gemstones, and works tenderly with precious materials, making the most of light and colours, to create remarkable sculptural pieces much sought after by wealthy collectors.
“If you know how to appreciate it, there is beauty in every gemstone,” Chan, one of the great names in contemporary jewellery design, said in a recent interview.
“When I carve, when I work on a gemstone, I am very tender,” he said.
“When I see a gem, if I feel for it, I try to communicate it through light and colours.”
Wallace Chan, who plans to visit the 2015 edition of ADTF, is one of a very few contemporary designers who have had the privilege of having their own stand at the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires, which showcases some of the world’s greatest jewellery designs.
Chinese collectors have paid huge sums for his intricately crafted insect, flower and fish sculptures, using carved coloured titanium, jadeite and natural colour gemstones, including diamonds.
Chan is celebrated for his innovations in jewellery making techniques, such as the “Wallace Cut”, which he has used to carve a human face in a precious stone.
He is also a perfectionist, and said he can be working on 50-60 pieces at the same time, periodically going back to a piece to refresh it.
“I have this dream: that whenever people see a piece of my jewellery, they see it as a work of art,” he said.
Text by David Brough