June 7, 2021 by Neri Karra

Anabela Chan on Building a Sustainable Jewelry Brand

Welcome to the first guest interview for the Moda Métiers podcast! In this episode, Neri welcomes the incredibly talented Anabela Chan.

Anabela Chan is the first fine jewelry brand in the world to champion laboratory-grown and created gemstones with high jewelry design, artisanal craftsmanship, and a focus on sustainable and ethical innovations.
Anabela started her jewelry business back in 2013 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. She has not only been featured in several media outlets around the world but also her pieces have been worn by many celebrities and personalities such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.

During this inspiring conversation, Anabela takes us back to her beginnings as a teenager when she had the opportunity to interview the late Andrew Grima, a pivotal point in her yet-to-be-started entrepreneurial journey. You’ll also hear her talk about what made her shift gears and realize it was time to start her own company even after having a very successful career in the fashion industry, how her brand has been able to grow without any paid advertisement, how her beautiful and complex Blooms! Collection came to life, the invaluable lessons she has learned throughout her career, and much more!

In this episode, we cover:
-Challenges she faced when she first started and how she overcame them.
-The conflicts associated with the mining industry and how this shaped her designing career.
-What laboratory-grown gemstones are all about.
-Where she finds inspiration.
-Anabela’s advice to those starting their careers as designers.
-How she balances personal and professional life.
-Turning points in her business.
-How small brands can get big media and celebrity attention.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Check out Anabella’s Instagram profile @anabelachan and also visit her gorgeous collections at www.anabelachan.com

Connect with Neri:
-Follow Neri on Instagram @nerikarraworld @modametiers
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