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Wallace Chan

Today, I am thrilled to bring you the remarkable, mind-blowing jeweled creations by artist Wallace Chan. Though he came from humble beginnings, Chan’s primary-school education hasn’t slowed him down a bit. In fact, his necklace named Great Wall, made of diamond and jadeite, sold for $73.5 million in 2012. I’d call that success!

Chan began his career at the age of 17 carving Buddah statues out of precious stones. His natural talent and analytical mind helped him develop what is known as the “Wallace Cut,” a carving technique similar to that used on medieval intaglios and cameos. The carving techniques, when applied to precious stones of a certain crystalline shape, created reflections deep in the stones, giving them Chan’s signature depth and lushness of color.

“When I started learning about gem-cutting, I saw how the light entered the stone’s body through its surface, and how light interacts inside it. When I carve an image at the back of a gemstone, that image is visible on the front. But, thanks to the stone’s own reflective properties, the design appears four additional times. When viewed from the front, the result seems almost three-dimensional.”

– Wallace Chan

Chan later developed The Wallace Chan Porcelain, a fortified, redefined material that is five times harder than steel. The artist is always experimenting with new and old materials, and coming up with innovative ways to work with them.

You can see all of Wallace Chan’s amazing creations on his website and on Instagram.

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Porcelain is known to mineralogists in the field where a white unglazed porcelain plate is used to make the so-called streak test that contributes to the identification of some minerals. As a gem material it has been seen in translucent to opaque, porous artificial products with a characteristic lustre having been used as imitations of gemstones, namely turquoise. Modern versions of porcelain can also be seen in jewellery as a construction material, notably by the Hong Kong-based jewellery artist Wallace Chan. Known for his love for knowledge and technology, he took years to perfect what he dubbed “unbreakable porcelain”. It appears that the material is reinforced with iron, silicon, zirconium and one other ingredient that Mr Chan didn’t reveal, being heated in a furnace to more than 1,600ºC, higher than porcelain is usually fired. Due to the 18-20% volume reduction during the firing process as the moisture evaporates, each piece has to be sized in a way that takes this shrinkage into account, a highly delicate operation. In the images, jewellery art by master Wallace Chan featuring his new “unbreakable porcalain” embelished with coloured gemstones and diamonds © Wallace Chan International Limited . . #jewelry #art #luxury #newmaterials #gemology #porcelain #wallacechan #wallacechanjewelry #gemmology #gemmologie #gemologia #gemologist #gemmogist #porcelana #porcelaine #artificial #gemmaterial #jewellery #hautejoaillerie #inovation #jewelleryart #jewelryartist #gemseducation #jewelryart #porcelainart #education #portugalgemas

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “The Innovator

  1. I love his work. Ok, I probably wouldn’t wear any of them to Walmart but I would be happy to show them to anybody that wanted to see them. I really enjoyed the video on his web site. I didn’t find any price to buy one of his works, but I got a feeling it is well above my fixed income. I can always come to look at his work as often as I want on his web site, which I bookmarked. Hal

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  2. Oh my…beautiful but completely out of reach for most of us.

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  3. Oooooh. So sparkly. They are a bit too fancy and elaborate for me to actually imagine wearing them but I definitely like looking at them. He has a really fantastic eye for colour too.

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