Twenty-four D-colour internally flawless (DIF) diamonds crafted from the Cullinan Heritage, an exceptionally rare 507.55 carat Type IIA rough diamond, are reunited once again in a delicate masterpiece, A Heritage in Bloom, created by world-renowned jewellery artist Wallace Chan. Traditional Chinese motifs such as butterflies and bats are incorporated in the piece to showcase the unparalleled sophistication, cultural significance, and poetic beauty that are nothing short of extraordinary in this uniquely modular piece that can be worn in 27 different styles. Taking the team of veteran jewellers over 47,000 hours of intricate work, A Heritage in Bloom features a 104-carat brilliant round diamond with the highest possible cut grade of 3-Excellent, which is one of the largest of its kind ever made.
Wallace Chan is an internationally renowned Chinese jewellery artist. His jewellery creations are highly acclaimed by jewellery experts, collectors, and international media because they integrate unique and innovative design with revolutionary technologies.
Wallace Chan started at 16 as a gemstone carving apprentice and established his own gemstone carving workshop at 17. Since then, his destiny has been intertwined with gemstones for more than 40 years.
He is different from other jewellery designers in the general sense. With his remarkable level of craftsmanship, he does not only design, but is also involved in all stages of the jewellery making process, including cutting, polishing, carving, and setting. The artistic coherence of his creations is thus established throughout the entire process of creation and expresses perfectly the dreams, emotions, concepts, and styles of the artist.
In the world of haute joaillerie, Wallace Chan has stood out with unconventional creations to mark his uniqueness. In constant pursuit of innovation, he creates and showcases jewellery as work of art. His jewellery creations are wearable and can also be seen as sculptures on a micro scale. To make breakthroughs in innovations, he has invented many tools and explored new materials. For example, he has successfully mastered titanium for structural support in jewellery after 8 years of research.
In recent years, Wallace Chan has been featured extensively in international media. He is also the first Chinese jewellery artist selected to showcase his creations at several international exhibitions: Masterpiece London, TEFAF, and Biennale des Antiquaires. In 2015, his very first illustrated monograph was published by Rizzoli. He was also invited to deliver talks at Central Saint Martins, the V&A Museum, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
Wallace Chan praises life and nature through the charm of gemstones with limitless imagination and creative talent. He is recognised as a top jewellery creator, artist and innovator.