Tales From The Unexpected
The global talent of design jewellery tells VO+ the secrets and the genesis of ‘A Heritage In Bloom’
A humble beginning as an apprentice to opening a gemstone – carving workshop by he was 17, the Chinese jewelry prodigy Wallace Chan is today an acclaimed jewelry creator, artist and philosopher. His extraordinarily creative thought process primarily revolves around three key elements: materials, craftsmanship and creativity.
His latest creation ‘A heritage in Bloom’ necklace was initiated when one of the world’s largest jeweller Chow Tai Fook acquired a 507.55-carat Type IIA Cullinan Heritage rough diamond and was carved into a 104-carat D color flawless round brilliant diamond (bearing a Forevermark inscription) and 23 DIF diamonds. Wallace Chan was chosen by Chow Tai Fook to design a jewelry piece around this flawless 104 carat diamond cut out of the Cullianan Heritage rough.
And thus ‘A heritage in Bloom’ was born, set with 383.40 carat colorless and pink diamonds totaling 11,551 diamonds, as well as more than one hundred pieces of green jadeite and mutton fat white jade. Uniquely modular, it can be worn in 27 different styles, showcasing the sophistication of the design and exquisite composition that is beyond comparison.
Read on to know more about his journey of creating this unique jeweled piece of art that is estimated at $200 million, the most expensive necklace in the world today. In an interview with Preeta Agarwal the master designer talks about the beginning, the collaborations and the colours, materials and motifs used; published in the Jan 2016 issue of VO+ magazine.