Born and raised in Spain, our Creative Director Arabel Lebrusan studied Gemmology & Fine Art in Madrid and Utrecht, graduating in 2007. She began her career as a 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. Upon graduating, Arabel set out determined to establish herself as a pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement.
In 2006 she 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, at which point Arabel could not shake 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 continue 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.
Today, Lebrusan Studio remains a platform for social commentaries and an active stride towards a jewellery industry that is fairer and more transparent. As a founding member of Fair Luxury, Arabel 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.
You can learn more about the history of Lebrusan Studio by reading this special blog post commemorating the brand's 10th birthday.