Sothebys Hong Kong Butterfly Brooch
Fine jewelry designer Cindy Chao collaborated with actress Sarah Jessica Parker to create a one of a kind “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch. This piece will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Mangificient Jewels and Jadeite Sale in October. It has a presale estimate of $750,000 to $950,000. Proceeds from the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” will be donated to the New York City Ballet Inc.
Chaos has designed a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly every year since 2008, which symbolizes her metamorphosis as an artist. The titanium and 18k gold brooch took two years to make and features a cushion cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26.27 carats, three rough brown diamond slices weighing 47.71 carats, three pieces of conch pearls that weigh 7.25 carats, and a combination of 4,698 and fancy colored diamonds that weigh 98.09 carats.
“Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,” said Chao. “She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special in my heart.”
Parker said, “I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her. Cindy’s jewelry designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.”