The Asian jeweler was born in Fuzhou and moved with his parents to Hong Kong at the age of five. It was here that the future master’s formation took place: all his childhood and youth he mastered sculpture, art and jewelry craftsmanship. He excelled in sculpture. It was Wallace in the 1980s who discovered two new types of carving: the cameo, where the carving process recreates a three-dimensional three-dimensional image, and the intaglio, in which the drawing is as if deepened inside.
For some time, the master has worked with Buddhist monasteries, commissioning them to create sculptures. But despite his successes in this area, in 2000 Wallace has wholeheartedly devoted himself to his second hobby – jewelry. This is where his ivory skills, his sculpting skills, his artistic knowledge and simply his love of every craft that Wallace has pursued throughout his life come in handy.
The year 2000 marks the beginning of Wallace Chan’s ascent to Asian jewelry Olympus (not much is known about him in Europe yet). He creates jewelry from titanium and gold, and the stones on all of his pieces are attached in an unusual way: through holes and with barely visible fasteners. It looks as if there is no metal in the jewelry piece at all; the stones “sit” right on your finger or neck.
Some pieces of jewelry demonstrate the jeweler’s taste for gigantism; butterflies as big as an adult’s palm cannot be considered jewelry in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, it is an art-sculpture, albeit a very precious one.
Purely Asian symbolism is inherent in every ring, bracelet or pendant by Wallace Chan. As a true philosopher (perhaps, the close contact with monks) he can see in nature all the shades of feelings and notice the details. Openwork flowers, the finest butterflies and dragonflies, venomous snakes, swans, scorpions and even flies are made in the best jewelry traditions of the East: a thin openwork basis, large stones with shimmering colors, non-standard combinations of shades and textures.
Wallace Chan – plans and achievements
The master uses not only time-tested techniques of working with metal and stone, but also develops new ones. In 2002 he revealed to the world the way to melt the finest jadeite pieces. Five years later, after lengthy experiments, he patented a new technology, Titanium Jewelry, which allows you to give titanium (Wallace’s favorite metal) all kinds of colors.
The jewelry pieces made by the master today can’t be found on the shelves of even the most famous jewelry boutiques. This is not surprising: their price is as high as their quality. Luxury items can only be ordered individually. And it must be said, Wallace does not skimp on private orders, as connoisseurs of beauty see his creations as a treat for their eyes.
He plans to conquer the European market, launch new collections using non-traditional materials for Asia and promote his name.