Jewelry designer Alan Anderson’s trick is to wear shoes to help keep him in work mode, and even though his home contains his workspace, he shuns wearing track pants while on the job, too.
Exhibiting at JA New York - Spring 2016 at the Javits Centre, attended by thousands of buyers and exhibitors. An incredible response to our newest collection. Very proud to be a Canadian designer showing in New York.
Once again, Jewels by Alan Anderson was invited by Wedluxe to feature our bridal pieces. We are thrilled to be so prominently displayed both on the cover and throughout “The White Queen” fashion editorial. On the cover, the Queen flaunts a signature sautoir of a 1960's Lucite Grey Mauve Pearl surrounded by 1950's Swarovski Black Alaskan Diamond crystals and 1940's unfoiled Austrian crystals with a matching rigid cuff. “The White Queen” shoot, according to Wedluxe, was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novel, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” and displays our pieces in a dramatic way. We love the innovative use of our jewellery, especially our 'crystal flex' bracelet worn as a headpiece (page 230.)
Working with brides is a passion of ours and our jewellery adds an extra boldness to their “dream wedding look.” More of our collection can be found at Kleinfeld at Hudson’s Bay.
Photos by George Pimentel and Mauricio Calero
Visit http://wedluxe.com/inspired-by-all-things-kate-spade/ for the entire extraordinary photo essay.
We're excited to be included in a photo shoot at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the inaugural issue of Dauphine Magazine - A Magazine Collection of Fine Art Weddings. Issue One's theme, "The Bespoke Opulence Issue," is definitely part of what Jewels by Alan Anderson's studio is all about.
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Jewels by Alan Anderson took the national title of ‘Canadian Jewelry Designer of the Year’ at the annual Canadian Wedding Industry Awards held this week. The event, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, honoured wedding and event professionals in 16 categories and was attended by the wedding industry’s luminaries in fashion, retail and event planning.
Jewels by Alan Anderson was chosen from a field of fine and costume jewelry designers, receiving the highest score in this category across all regions in Canada, from an esteemed panel of judges that included fashion expert, designer and television personality Randy Fenoli, Francis Guindon of Maison Birks, Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts, Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum & Associates, Ellen Black of Lehr & Black and Laura Gutkin of Etsy Canada.
“I am equally thrilled and humbled to be given this national recognition,” said Alan Anderson, Founder and Designer, Jewels by Alan Anderson. “I applaud all the sponsors and those who have come together to create and support this event. What an incredible opportunity to recognize the many talented designers and innovators who lead Canada’s multi-billion dollar industry.”
Alan’s signature collars, cuffs, earrings, and sautoires have become a choice for bold bridal parties who want statement jewelry, but the brand received further support in the wedding market this year when it was selected to be part of the distinct collection at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay in Toronto. Alan created a bespoke collection of 28 pieces and introduced a grouping of tiaras, all based on historical jewelry.
"Her jewellery box houses dramatic costume sparklers by Alan Anderson, “an incredibly creative man,” she says.
Canadian-designed accessories take a surreal turn in an exclusive photo shoot at FASHION Magazine
Reminiscent of a 1940's Veronica Lake, ET Canada Host Cheryl Hickey wears our aquamarine waterfall collar. The collar, made of rare 1930's aquamarines, is just one of the many pieces Cheryl wore on-air during TIFF 2014. We love working with Cheryl and her fabulous stylist, Maggie Bill.
Jewels by Alan Anderson is pleased to announce that there is now a permanent display of Alan's work at Henri Bendel New York. The recent pop-up shop was a lot of fun but we are truly honoured to now have a permanent home at Bendel's.
FOR JEWELLERY DESIGNER ALAN ANDERSON, EVERY PIECE BEGINS W1TH THE THRILL OF THE HUNT. When he isn't hand-setting stones at his Toronto studio, the 16-year veteran is busy searching for vintage "findings" - jeweller speak for raw materials. His Waterfall Cuff; for example, comprises more than 10 found elements, such as a vintage skip chain, the metal band itself and green tourmaline navettes, often sourced from mothballed warehouses and factories in antique hubs in New York and Europe. "I say the stones were sleeping in a box,' says Anderson, "waiting to be made into a piece of jewellery" The cuff begins as a metal band, to which Anderson solders a mount for its star stone: a striking rose quartz. With this in place, the rest of the design can be assembled. "Getting it symmetrical takes time and patience," he says. "You don't rush it." The "raw carcass" minus the dazzling stones (Austrian crystals are his preference) is washed in a tumbler to remove construction residue like glue or clay, before being gold-plated at a six-decade-old Toronto firm. Then the real fun - bauble installation - can begin. "I sit with a stone setter, put everything in and hand-set the prongs," says Anderson of the more than 200 crystals that brought this piece to its sparkly best. "Just irnagine the conversation it'll create if you're at a cocktail party holding a glass," he says. We'll toast to that.
- Jacquelyn Francis
A stunning ruby and crystal collar designed by Alan Anderson makes its media debut in the 30-second commercial for Katy Perry's new fragrance, KillerQueen. Ms. Perry has been photographed wearing Alan's jewellery before, including an appearance on the cover of Italian Vogue July-August 2012, but this is the first time we see Alan's work on video.
View the commercial after the link.Read more: Jewels by Alan Anderson makes an appearance in Katy Perry's new fragrance video [UPDATE]
Alan Anderson is featured in two definitive new works on costume jewelry. Anderson is one of the noted designers highlighted in the just-launched exhibit at New York's Museum of Arts and Design, Fashion Jewelry The Collection of Barbara Berger. Berger is renowned as one of the world's foremost collectors of costume jewelry and according to fashion guru Iris Apfel, "The First Lady of costume jewelry." The exhibition, which opened June 25, 2013 showcases over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry from her 4,000+ collection. Two of Anderson's collars, a multi-layered, pastel floral collar in rose, opaque turquoise and peridot Austrian crystal in rhodium plate, as well as a lacy bib in tanzanite, amethyst and rare, carved opaque yellow stones in gold plate, are on display.
Simultaneously, a new Assouline book to accompany the exhibit, "Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger" features the Anderson pastel floral collar. The book, with a forward by Pamela Golbin, chief curator of Paris' Musée de la Mode et du Textile; an essay by Iris Apfel and text by jewelry historian Harrice Simons Miller, features the works of costume jewelry legends that include Maison Gripoix, Dior and Miriam Haskell, and contemporary international designers such as Iradj Moini and Robert Sorrell. With designers listed alphabetically, Anderson is the first feature profile in the stunning tome.
In her own introduction, Berger writes about the selection of pieces for both the exhibition and book, "It was not easy, but I chose pieces that were the crème de la crème of my collection; they are the most diverse and speak to the fascinating history of costume jewelry."
Anderson is the only Canadian designer featured in both the exhibition and book. Anderson was on-hand for the exhibition launch which will run at MAD through January 20, 2014. "It took my breath away to see this exhibition and at the same time realize my work is part of history through Barbara's profound collection," said Anderson. "I'm incredibly humbled."
Katy Perry featured on the cover of Italian Vogue July-August 2012, wearing a classic Alan Anderson brooch.
December 15, 2011 - Toronto, ON - US$3,500.00 was the final price for an Alan Anderson amethyst cuff once owned by Elizabeth Taylor in the December 15th on-line auction, The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: Fashion and Accessories.
The 'rock and roll cuff' listed on page 232 of the e-catalogue was expected to sell for between US$400 and $600 but far exceeded that when the hammer came down. The bracelet, made up of 21 vintage amethyst stones set on a two-inch wide, rigid cuff with jappaned finish was created by Canadian couture costume jeweller designer Alan Anderson in 2007 for a special 'glam rock' event at House of Lavande, Florida.
"Ecstatic," is the word used by Anderson in describing his reaction to the final sales figure. "I watched it live on-line and could feel the electricity in the room." Anderson is not sure how the cuff came to be owned by Dame Elizabeth but from the auction photo he could see wear which would indicate it was worn often.