Brian Schaps is the owner and designer of Ananda Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago, Brian has always been an ardent traveler and enjoys learning about new cultures. His travels brought him to Thailand where he discovered his love of gemstones and crystals. This love turned into a passion and ultimately a very successful business retailing unique and luxurious jewelry pieces hand-crafted with gemstones, fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals.

When Brian is not traveling and showcasing his jewelry collection around the world, he is at home in Chicago designing exclusive jewelry pieces and spending time with his son Ananda Schaps, who is the inspiration behind the brand name. Ananda means “Happiness” in Thai and this is the essence of his brand - to bring joy and happiness to all who wear it.

Ananda Chicago has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Chicago Award in the Accessories category by the Best Businesses of Chicago Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Ananda Chicago has been selected for this award.