In The Mood For Love With Chara Wen

Watches & Jewellery

October 4, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

Rachel Wen turned a gift for her daughter into jewellery collections packed with love and blessings

Love is at the heart of Chara Wen, the Taipei-based jewellery brand created by Rachel Wen. For her daughter’s 18th birthday, Rachel created a beautiful piece of jewellery for her – and the idea was soon born to build a brand.

“I have been in the jewellery business for 20 years,” says Rachel. “And my daughter has worked with me from childhood to adulthood, and she has given me inspiration, which is why each piece in the collections have a heart-shaped jewel to represent love and blessings.”

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Rachel wears the Kissing in Geraniums ring from the Mother of Earth collection (right) and the Lace of Yellow Diamond ring from the Gift of Love collection, both by Chara Wen.

Today, Chara Wen represents not only familial love with its extraordinary pieces, but also romantic passion and eternal friendship. “Our jewellery is meant as a precious gift for lovers or loved ones, or as a special piece for yourself,” says Rachel.

With these intense and converging emotions, Rachel has built the brand around the theme of love and blessings. This sentiment is particularly noticeable in collections such as The Gift of Love, a series of exquisitely designed pieces where ribbons and bows represent the ultimate token of love and blessings, and the Earth collection, which elegantly interprets the relationship between nature and man.

Rachel wears the Art Deco watch from the Empire of Watch series that is part of the Classic collection, and the Ribbon of Emerald ring from the Gift of Love collection, both by Chara Wen.

“My inspiration comes from my daily life,” says Rachel. “From everything – from art and design to nature and fashion. The Earth collection is inspired by nature, flowers, plants and trees, and everything organic. While another collection is inspired by art decorations, sculpture and paintings.” Rachel is referring to the Fashion Muse collection, which uses silhouettes and shapes reminiscent of designs created by the great couture houses of Europe.

And much like the doyennes of the fashion capitals, Rachel believes black is always the new black, placing inky black jade at the centre of many of her designs. “Black represents elegance and mystery, but at the same time it is very low-key,” says Rachel. “Black is the perfect colour to match with other dark colours. I believe black jade really stands out in precious jewellery.”

Rachel wears a brooch and Black White ring from the Mother of Earth collection, both by Chara Wen

More than anything, though, what stands out is the love and affection that imbue these pieces. And more than the exquisite craftsmanship and superior gems, it is this heightened emotion that makes Chara Wen jewels the ideal present for anyone who makes you feel loved and cherished.

To find out more about Rachel Wen's jewellery collections, visit charawen.com