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The Gentlewoman Ribbon Cuff bracelet from Cindy Chao Art Jewel in 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold and 18K rose gold. Its main gemstones are two cushion mixed cut fancy intense yellow diamonds which are surrounded by an amazing panorama of diamonds, yellow diamonds, brownish yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, sapphires, pink sapphires, rhodolite and purple garnets. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

For a sparkling start to the new year, we return to the high jewelry house of Cindy Chao and her high jewel creations which are works of art in and of themselves. Shimmering ribbons, flowers and butterflies are Cindy Chao’s signature motifs, the sparkling artistic world of the Taiwanese art jeweler. Her pieces of jewelry are sculptural, mesmerizing. One of her most fantastic creations brought out in the 2022 Black Label Masterpiece VII collection is her Gentlewoman Ribbon Cuff, a jewel-filled cuff bracelet that Cindy Chao worked on for seven years. Two extraordinary cushion-cut yellow diamonds serve as cufflinks, measuring in similar sizes at 6.85 carats and 6.03 carats. They form the central points of a color diffusion evoked by pink sapphires, yellow diamonds, diamonds, pink diamonds, rhodolites and purple garnets. 

The 2018 Black Label Masterpiece XXI Ribbon Brooch from Cindy Chao Art Jewel enjoys a centerpiece of a 76.91 carat old mine brilliant cut diamond surrounded by resonating diamond-cut rubies totaling 117.12 carats set in a pavé. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The ribbon motif also comes alive in the 2018 Black Label Masterpiece XXI Ribbon Brooch whose centerpiece is an old mine brilliant cut diamond weighing in at 76.91 cts and framed with rubies. The piece was hammered at USD 3.84 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Auction, setting the then auction record for an Asian contemporary art jewel. Cindy Chao and her team spent over a year collecting 20,000 pieces of rubies around the world from which 2,275 pieces, diamond-cut rubies totalling 117.12 carats, were selected to be pave-set on the ultra-undulated ribbon. 

The 2022 Black Label Masterpiece VIII Caribbean Summer Brooch from Cindy Chao Art Jewel with its pear-shaped Muzo green Colombia emerald weighing in at 3.80 cts. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

As we head into Caribbean vacation season the 2022 Black Label Masterpiece VIII Caribbean Summer Brooch is a wonder of the world with its pear-shaped Muzo green Colombia emerald weighing in at 3.80 cts. It draws its inspiration from the board leaf found on islands of the Caribbean Sea. Titanium seamlessly holds the piece together which is adorned with diamonds and tsavorites.  

The 2020 Black Label Masterpiece XVII Morning Seine Bangle from Cindy Chao Art Jewel with its sugarloaf-cut cornflower blue Sri Lanka Sapphire weighing 50.53cts. Photo courtesy Cindy Chao Art Jewel. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Another astounding piece from the house is the 2020 Black Label Masterpiece XVII Morning Seine Bangle with its intriguing sugarloaf-cut cornflower blue Sri Lanka Sapphire totaling 50.53cts. The artist drew her inspiration from a painting by the Impressionist Claude Monet for this bangle bracelet. The cornflower blue diamond reflects the sky over the Seine River on a foggy morning while the side stones of diamonds, yellow diamonds, rhodolites and the rose gold framework impart onto the piece the light of dawn. The granddaughter of an architect and the daughter of a sculptor, creativity has always surrounded artist. 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 Institute 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 pieces blend together the designer’s masterful technique, the ingenuity of contemporary Eastern art and the centuries-old Western jewelry craftsmanship offering up a new definition of high jewelry. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette. https://www.cindychao.com/en

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