Arabel Lebrusan, the designer behind ethical jewellery brand Lebrusan Studio, has recently returned from the sourcing and research journey of a lifetime across the lush South Asian island of Sri Lanka.
She arrives back in Brighton with a supply of vibrant Sri Lankan gemstones now ready to be set into distinctive Lebrusan Studio pieces. Some of the stones will be incorporated into a brand new collection of engagement rings, whilst others will remain available for bespoke commissions.
“What I can see in Sri Lanka is the knowledge they have,” Arabel says. “It has a great heritage of gemstone cutting and gemstone mining. Today it has brilliant sustainable policies in place for small-scale mining. It’s quite beautiful to be immersed in a culture that gems are such a huge part of.”
During her time on the island, Arabel acquired a wealth of knowledge on Sri Lanka’s gemstone industry through a variety of excursions, made possible all thanks to Lebrusan Studio’s good friends and suppliers Nineteen48 and their Sri Lanka-based partner company, Crown Gems.
With the generous guidance of Janaka Abayawickrama at Crown Gems, Arabel visited some of the gemstone mines Sri Lanka is famous for – seeing gems in the rough – and spent time with an expert gemstone cutter who began teaching her the tricks of his trade.
The award-winning jewellery designer also travelled across the island to visit Facets International Gem & Jewellery Show, where she established relationships with international suppliers and bought some beautiful stones.
Coverage of Arabel’s travels can be found on the Lebrusan Studio Instagram.
Sri Lanka has long been famous for its high quality sapphires, which make up 85% of the value of the island’s gem exports. As well as the new engagement ring collection now in the pipeline for Lebrusan Studio, beautiful sapphires can be found in our recently released Hera Collection.