High Jewellery Picks 2018: Cindy Chao
Taiwanese art jeweller Cindy Chao’s Black Label Masterpieces collection represents the pinnacle of the jeweller-cum-sculptor’s opulent creations. And one of the most dazzling pieces in the collection—each of which is named, numbered and dated and takes up to two years to create—is her Peony Brooch, awarded Outstanding Object by the Masterpiece 2018 awards committee.
As strong as steel, dynamic and boldly beautiful yet simultaneously feminine, charming and ethereal, this museum-calibre creation required more than 10,000 hours to complete.
Featuring rubies, diamonds, lacquer, titanium and 18K white and yellow gold, the piece recreates the vivid red bloom and yellow pistils of a flower native to Nootka Island in British Columbia, Canada. Limited to 36 pieces annually, the Black Label Masterpieces collection is a must for the serious connoisseur.
See more of Cindy Chao's art jewels here:
Black Label Masterpiece XI Conch Pearl Rose earrings crafted with silver, yellow gold, rose gold and lacquer, and set with conch pearls and yellow diamonds (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)
Peony brooch made in titanium, yellow and white gold and lacquer, and featuring oval-shaped rubies 105 rubies totalling 172.27 carats, surrounded by rubies and diamonds (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)
Black Label Masterpiece XV Odyssey earrings in titanium and white gold, highlighting a pair of pear-, cushion-cut blue sapphires, as well two pear- and cushion-cut emeralds (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)
2018 Black Label Masterpiece XII Emerald Feather Brooches in titanium, yellow gold and silver set with emeralds, fancy coloured diamonds and tsavorites (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)
2018 Black Label Masterpiece VII Flower Bud Brooch in titanium featuring 52.44 carats of cabochon emerald drops, surrounded by diamonds, tsavorites and emerald drops (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)
Dragonfly brooches in yellow and white gold set with a spectrum of stones including diamonds, emeralds, tsavorites, sapphires and conch pearls (Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Chao)