Chrysalis is a British jewellery brand that celebrates the joy found in love and friendship. Designed for sharing memories of those special moments in life, each piece is adorned with talismans and spiritual symbols, combining colour and meaning.
At the young age of 19, Chrysalis co-founder Andrea set off to travel and explore the world with what little savings she had. Throughout the continents, people she met opened their homes and made her feel welcome. Wherever she went, she found the same warmth and hospitality shown by complete strangers.
She eventually arrived in Nepal and settled in Kathmandu. She spent most of her time watching artisans making filigree jewellery and this is where Andrea’s passion for jewellery came to life. With her journey coming to an end, she spent all the money she had left to buy all the pieces she loved watching being crafted so she could sell them back in London in Portobello Market.
This is where she met David, her now husband, who was himself selling jewellery on a nearby stall. She shared her passion for travelling with him and they both set off to discover more countries and their treasures. Throughout their travels, they collected their most precious memories, embracing the energy and happiness surrounding them.
In 2007 the Chrysalis concept was born; to create beautiful jewellery that means something special to the wearer. Chrysalis bangles are designed to be stacked, allowing the creation of personal collections full of memories, love and inspiration.
DESIGNING THE COLLECTIONS
Around four new collections are designed and launched each year by Andrea and her creative team.
Based in Somerset in the UK, Andrea is involved in the design process from initial idea to the finished collection. Inspiration is found everywhere, from trips around the world, to Andrea’s 10-year-old daughter Willow, who inspired Wishes, the first Chrysalis children’s collection.
Chrysalis can now be found in fashion retailers across the globe, including the USA, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
Chrysalis’ success saw Andrea and Dave included in Professional Jeweller’s coveted Hot 100 list this year. The popular Flourish collection was also highly commended in the magazine’s Collection of the Year Award 2014.