Hong Kong-based designer Wallace Chan is exhibiting his high jewelry creations at the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris.
Chan’s collection, titled “The Path to Enlightenment – Art & Zen” and largely inspired by nature, will be represented at the fair by an exhibit of jewelry creations ranging from necklaces to brooches.
The collection features creations such as the dragon-inspired Inheritance Brooch and ‘Whimsical Blue’, featuring a 16.17-carat tanzanite center stone and embellished with Kashmir sapphire, lapis lazuli, jadeite, diamonds and sapphires.
This is the first time an Asian jeweler has been invited to exhibit his jewelry designs alongside famous names such as Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Chan is already a big name in Asia where he has a client base that includes some of Asia’s leading socialites such as Lynn Hsieh.
In 2003, he was commissioned by Swiss watch maker Corum to design a limited-edition ‘Corum Buckingham Vision 18K Jadeite Wrist Watch’, which was auctioned at Christie’s Hong Kong.
In 2010, he was also the first contemporary jeweler to be invited by Beijing’s Capital Museum to hold a solo exhibition.
The Biennale des Antiquaires, started in 1962, has a reputation for being one of the world’s most prestigious antique fairs.
While the biennale is formally known as an antiques fair, it is also one of the more important events of the year for jewelry firms who often use it as a platform to showcase their top-of-the-range gems.
Celebrity designer Karl Lagerfeld will stage, decorate and create the visuals for the 10-day event which kicks off on September 14.