Renowned British designer Anabela Chan has taken a distinctive approach in the luxury jewelry realm by opting for lab-grown gems and recycled materials rather than natural diamonds. Her choice was motivated by concerns over the harsh working conditions prevailing in diamond mines.

Chan’s jewelry line predominantly showcases lab-grown diamonds, recycled aluminum sourced from cans, and sustainably obtained pearls. Although specific sales figures have not been disclosed by her company, there has been a noticeable surge in demand since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her forward-thinking endeavors recently garnered her the esteemed “Game Changer” recognition at the British Luxury Awards held in November. The market for lab-grown jewelry has experienced significant growth, boasting an impressive 20% annual increase and contributing to a staggering $15 billion profit worldwide, as per data from Edahn Golan Diamond Research & Data. This burgeoning market has prompted various brands to enter the fray, leading to a decrease in prices for lab-grown diamonds and a heightened focus on innovative jewelry design to differentiate themselves. Esteemed retailers such as Pandora, renowned for their lab-grown diamonds, acknowledge the vast potential these gems offer in creative jewelry-making. Furthermore, sustainability is a pivotal element in Chan’s creations, as she collaborates with suppliers employing technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions during the diamond-making process, aiming to convert a negative impact into a positive one.