“My Butterflies are the ultimate expression of my creativity as a jewellery artist, and it is a privilege to count the first piece from my Annual Butterfly series among the Musée des Arts
Décoratifs’ prestigious collection,” — Cindy Chao, founder of Cindy Chao The Art Jewel.
2020 is already proving to be quite the year for Cindy Chao The Art Jewel, as the brand celebrates 15 years of exquisite jewellery-making, and the achievement of an incredible milestone — an induction into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Marking the first time ever that a Taiwanese jewellery artist has made it into the globally-acclaimed museum’s permanent collection, the luxury jeweler will be contributing its Black Label Masterpiece I, the ‘Ruby Butterfly Brooch’ (2008) to the musee.
About Cindy’s Annual Butterflies
All whimsically colourful and created with an incredible sense of grace, each and every single one of Cindy Chao’s Annual Butterflies takes over 18 months to create, and are considered among her most magical jewels. The Annual Butterfly is the manifestation of founder Cindy Chao’s creativity as an artist, designed in such a way that is completely unrestricted. Viewed from every angle, there is something breathtaking about the way these delicate, bejewelled butterflies capture the wonder of nature, almost as if they were about to spring to life and fly away.
How are they Made?
To make the butterflies, Cindy Chao first hand-sculpts, in wax, her own design sketches — a near-lost jewellery technique that was first used by royal jewellers back in the 18th century, through to the 21st. The piece is then forged by master craftsmen in titanium, which is a fifth of the weight of gold.
The 2008 Black Label Masterpiece I “Ruby Butterfly Brooch”
The 2008 “Ruby Butterfly Brooch” was the first butterfly to be created in the Annual Butterfly series, and depicts a butterfly that has just emerged from its cocoon. In this elegant piece, a pair of bold non-heated baroque Burmese rubies are surrounded by bright, fancy-coloured diamonds and colour-changing sapphires. There’s a sense of femininity here — a soft ode to the metamorphosis of life.
To find out more about Cindy Chao The Art Jewel’s Black Label Masterpieces and Annual Butterflies, visit cindychao.com.