In a Garden State With Anabela Chan’s Cocktail Ring



Evoking an entire ­garden within the tiny confines of a ring is no easy feat. But ­designer Anabela Chan managed to conjure up Alice in Wonderland–esque grandeur with her whimsical Bumble Rose cocktail ring—a one-of-a-kind piece from her larger Secret Garden collection. The London-based designer wanted to make “an entire fairy tale in a ring,” she says, adding, “Our jewelry always tells stories.”

Nature, Made

The ring, which is priced at £910 ($1,130), was crafted at Chan’s London atelier. “The piece was first carved in wax, then transformed in silver and gold through lost-wax casting in three unique components,” she says. Once cut, the gems were set by hand using prong and pavé settings.  

Busy Bees

The exquisitely assembled ring is forged in 18k gold vermeil, featuring 90 lab-grown white pavé diamonds, hand-painted enamel, resin ivory, coral, and—at its center—a crystalline lab-grown aquamarine.

Beyond Balance

The biggest challenge of creating the piece—which Chan designed for “confident women with a sense of playfulness, glamour, and youth”—was achieving balance in form, scale, and weight while ensuring the oversize ring was ultimately comfortable to wear.