Cindy Chao The Art Jewel Reaches Another Milestone On Its 15th Anniversary
The Parisienne museum of decorative arts and design, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, has welcomed the latest and first jewellery oeuvre from Taiwanese jeweller Cindy Chao The Art Jewel into its permanent collection. Featuring a bejewelled butterfly emerging from its cocoon, with wings of unheated baroque Burmese rubies, fancy coloured diamonds and ultra-rare colour-changing sapphires, the masterpiece was added into the museum’s tribulation of the continuity of the animal theme.
Being the first butterfly created by Cindy Chao’s eponymous brand, the induction of the peerless Black Label Masterpiece I, 2008 Ruby Butterfly Brooch into such a prestigious gallery stands as testimony to the brand’s 15 years of priceless artistry. The graceful winged creature is at the epicentre of Cindy’s creativity as a jewellery artist. As years progressed, we have seen the metamorphosis of her annual butterfly collection, growing larger and more flamboyant than ever.
Enabling creations to be as ornate as Cindy's imagination takes them but still light enough to wear requires special technique. Reviving 18th-century savoir-faire, Cindy Chao's structures are hand-sculpted without the use of computer programmes that are widely used in today's jewellery production. Wax is cast with titanium that is a fifth of the weight of gold, and with the beehive structure, the beauty of the rare diamonds and gemstones set onto the butterfly can be enjoyed from all sides and angles. If observed carefully you can even see that the titanium is colourised to complement the colours of the gems.
In the past, more of Cindy Chao's butterfly pieces have also made history, notably the induction of the 2009 Royal Butterfly Brooch into the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s gem collection and another one in collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker. Back in 2014, Cindy Chao joined forces with the actress to create the 2014 Butterfly Ballerina Brooch to raise funds for New York City Ballet. Resembling both the insect and a ballerina, the diamond-studded brooch set a 1.21 million US dollar record for an Asian contemporary art jewel at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
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