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About Arabel Lebrusan

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About Arabel Lebrusan

“Arabel is an extremely talented jeweller, her taste is exceptional and her attention to detail really sets her apart. She has great flair for interpreting a client's design concept, not to mention enormous skill in executing the finished product. I have been complimented so many times about the jewellery I have from her, and have realy enjoyed every piece. She is a charming person on top of it all, a real gem!”

ALICE BHANDHUKRAVI, BBC NEWS REPORTER

Beyond mum, partner, friend and student, Arabel Lebrusan’s roles include award-winning jewellery designer, multifaceted visual artist and, as one of the world’s very first Fairtrade Gold licensees, a key pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement.

Born and raised in Spain, Arabel studied Gemmology & Fine Art in Madrid and then Utrecht, Holland. Since then, she’s spent almost two decades dedicated to beautiful jewellery.

She began her career as a wholesale fashion jewellery designer, travelling the Far East and learning the ins and outs of the trade as she went; the good, the bad and the ugly. These experiences offered her life-changing insight into the impact of non-ethical practices on the environment, workers and communities.

Unsettled by much of what she’d witnessed, a Master's in Design at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins followed, with a deep investigative focus on ethics in the jewellery industry. It was during this time that she was told bluntly to her face by a London diamond dealer: "When you work in this trade, you sell your soul to the devil.” In Arabel's mind, the vision had never been clearer: She needed to change the jewellery industry from the inside out. And so, in 2006, she graduated with a determination to pioneer a new approach to enjoying beautiful jewellery.

It wasn't long before she'd co-founded Leblas - the first ever ethical jewellery boutique to open on London's famed Sloane Street - as a place to share her inspired one-off designs with the world, establishing new conversations about traceability and sustainability in the process. Sadly, after five fruitful and progressive years, Leblas closed its doors in 2011, leaving Arabel restless with the feeling that she needed to finish what she'd started. Fuelled by this deep-rooted yearning to continue shaking up the industry from the inside out, she set her sights on a new venture that would enable her to keep designing and campaigning simultaneously.

In 2012, Arabel lifted the lid on an eponymous brand named Arabel Lebrusan Studio Jewellery - Lebrusan Studio's handle until our major rebrand in 2019 - serving as one of the world's first jewellers to pioneer the Fairtrade Gold initiative in the process. Honing years of rich experience, Arabel's designs under Lebrusan Studio are timeless special occasion conceived to be cherished by generations to come. Each encapsulates a distinctive mix of cultural, historical and aesthetic influences, including references to Arabel's Spanish roots, ornate hand-engraving and homages to the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods. You can learn more about our design offering here.

Today, Arabel continues to use Lebrusan Studio as her platform for social commentaries and taking active strides towards a jewellery industry that is fairer and more transparent. As a founding member of Fair Luxury, she speaks candidly and publicly about injustices within jewellery supply chains – from her own TEDx talk on ethical jewellery to the informative content distributed regularly by Lebrusan Studio and the brand's recent fundraising campaign, Lebrusan Studio Against Child Labour. Lebrusan Studio's membership to the London Diamond Bourse furthers the brand in its fundamental mission of bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability.

A respected spearhead of the ethical jewellery industry, Lebrusan Studio has been recognised with a number of accolades since its founding – including the National Association of Jewellers' Designer of the Year (twice!) and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year.

 


Arabel speaking at TEDx Bedford 
(English, 13 minutes)


Spanish Newspaper ABC Interview
(Spanish, 5 minutes)

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arabel lebrusan

Arabel Lebrusan is an artist, designer and pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement, with almost two decades of industry experience behind her. She is a fount of knowledge when it comes to responsible sourcing, sustainable manufacture, and the preservation of traditional craft. Her engaging blog posts range from personal accounts of once-in-a-lifetime sourcing trips to helpful tips for buying and wearing jewellery and opinion pieces on pressing industry matters.