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Cindy Chao: In Honor of High Jewelry

The Royal Butterfly Brooch from the 2009 Black Label Masterpiece collection that has been inducted into the Smithsonian. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao the Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — Bedazzling butterflies, glistening and glowing winter leaves, a palpitating peony. This is the sparkling artistic world of Taiwanese art jeweler Cindy Chao. Her pieces of jewelry are sculptural, mesmerizing. The granddaughter of an architect and the daughter of a sculptor, creativity has always surrounded her.

She established her house Cindy Chao Art Jewel in 2004 and collectors have flocked to her unique pieces among them her enigmatic annual butterfly collections. One of her butterflies has even flown into the Smithsonian Institue at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

She uses the 18th century craft technique of crafting designs in wax before completing her intricate sculptures with precious metals and gemstones. Her most prestigious collections, The Black Label Masterpieces and The White Label Collection have found their way into auctions, museums and private collections.

The high jewelry artist Cindy Chao (left) with the Minister of French Culture, Roselyne Bachelot (right) who decorated her with the Insignia of Chevalier in the l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao the Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

With France, being one of the world beacons of high jewelry creation and luxury, it should come as no surprise that last November 17th, the jewelry designer was decorated with one of France’s most prestigious honors. The French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot decorated the high jewelry artist with the Insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, an order created in France by the Minister of Culture in 1957 and which recognizes significant contributions to the arts and literature.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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