Chinese appetite for luxury has generated a mutually inventive exchange of ideas, influences and manner between east and west in the world of jewellery and new vastly growing young jewellery designers.
Being the granddaughter to Wan Li, former chairman of the National People’s Congress Wan brought up in the presidential compound in Beijing but left, aged 15, to study photography inNew York and literature in France, where she was the first Chinese woman to appear at the Bal des Débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon.She has returned to Hong Kong to continue to study gemology.Wan began designing her high jewellery collection in 2007 and launched her collection in 2007.
South Sea pearls and diamonds, Bao Bao Wan.
Bao's high jewellery designs are a direct reflection of her life experiences from her childhood, inspiration from the shapes in nature, one of her many duties were to freeze the moment through her photography and present it in her jewellery designs. Her jewels ooze a glossy, irreverent glamour, mixing a Chinese narrative with a European sensibility, demonstrated in very fine craftsmanship and the names of the collections, such as La Maison de Mon Enfance – a reflection, says Wan, of her time in Paris and her studies in French literature.
"Jewellery awakens the beauty of the women, no matter if you are Chinese or not. The jewellery also brings a certain sort of security for the women. For me jewellery is the next instrument in creating beauty, it is an expression of aesthetics" - Bao Bao Wan.