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Watches JewelleryCindy Chao Makes A Dazzling Debut At TEFAF

Cindy Chao Makes A Dazzling Debut At TEFAF

Cindy Chao Makes A Dazzling Debut At TEFAF
By Hong Kong Tatler
March 25, 2019
Cindy Chao Focus
The celebrated jewellery sculptor unveils her breathtaking 2019 Black Label Masterpieces at the prestigious Maastricht event. Here is a peek at those spectacular gems

Cindy Chao’s museum-calibre Black Label Masterpieces combine the rarest of gemstones with exceptional design. Created in limited edition and often taking more than 1,000 hours to bring to life, they are highly sought-after by jewellery connoisseurs worldwide.

To her fans’ delight, Chao is one of 40 newcomers exhibiting at this year’s European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the Dutch city of Maastricht. One of the most esteemed organisations in the world of fine art, antiques and design, TEFAF runs three prestigious fairs a year—the Maastricht event, which takes place this month, and two in New York.

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Cindy Chao pictured at her exhibit during this year’s European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the Dutch city of Maastricht
Cindy Chao pictured at her exhibit during this year’s European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the Dutch city of Maastricht
The 2019 Black Label Masterpieces are showcased on a Tree of Life that symbolises the jewellery artist’s unique family legacy
The 2019 Black Label Masterpieces are showcased on a Tree of Life that symbolises the jewellery artist’s unique family legacy

A shift towards modern and contemporary galleries has seen a rise in the number of jewellers that show their collections at TEFAF, but Cindy Chao: The Art Jewel is the only high jewellery brand to join its Haute Joaillerie section at this year’s Maastricht edition.

“I am honoured to present my latest collection at TEFAF Maastricht, one of the world’s leading organisations for museum-quality fine art, antiques and design,” says Chao. “My 2019 Black Label Masterpieces are a reflection of my family heritage, which I want to pay tribute to.”

The collection unveiled at TEFAF by Chao, the granddaughter of an architect and daughter of a sculptor, celebrates her family’s legacy. Her 2019 Black Label Masterpieces are delicately showcased on a sculpture Chao calls Tree of Life, each piece drenched in diamonds and bursting with colour.

See also: How Cindy Chao Took On The Global High Jewellery Stage

The new Ribbon Brooch from 2019 Black Label Masterpieces is part of Chao’s Ribbon collection. Set on a less-than-1mm-thin titanium base are 3,600 pieces of diamonds, sapphires, tsavorites, alexandrites and blue spinels that weigh a total of 120 carats
Chao’s Emerald Architectural Necklace pays homage to her architect grandfather and features a pair of emerald-cut Colombian emeralds that weigh 100 and 99 carats. The main body of the necklace comprises of 10,000 pieces of vivid green emerald beads
From Chao’s Tango in the Garden collection, the Marguerite Brooch has a titanium base, which is coloured a beautiful shade of gold to complement the centrestone: an 84.89-carat cabochon emerald
These Royal Feather Brooches are exceptionally lightweight, despite each featuring a heart-shaped diamond of 7 and 8.6 carats respectively
The Scultura di Giglio Bangle takes inspiration from the iris flower, which has been a symbol of Florence since the 11th century. Chao pays tribute to architect Michelangelo with the creation, which boasts 4,428 pieces of diamonds, fancy-coloured diamonds and sapphires that total 180 carats
 

Founded in 2004, Cindy Chao: The Art Jewel is renowned for using an 18th-century European artisanal technique of wax sculpting in developing designs. Standouts pieces from Chao’s 2019 unveiling include two Royal Feather Brooches. Inspired by the whimsical bluebird, each brooch features a heart-shaped diamond, one of 8.6 and the other of 7 carats. Crafted in a sky-blue titanium, they’re exceptionally light—25 and 35 grams—despite boasting 750 pieces of sapphire in nine colours and five cuts. Chao’s first feather brooch, the 2016 Black Label Masterpiece XVI Phoenix Feather Brooch, sold for US$1.2 million at Christie’s Hong Kong in 2017.

Other pieces revealed at this year’s showcase included the 2019 Black Label Masterpiece VI Scultura di Giglio Bangle, which pays tribute to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. “Michelangelo once said, ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’ This echoes with my creative philosophy,” says Chao about the piece. “When I do wax sculpting, my thought is always to create impeccable pieces by removing unnecessary material.” A spectacular creation, the bangle features 4,428 pieces of diamonds, fancy-coloured diamonds and sapphires weighing 180 carats.

 
The Royal Feather Brooches were inspired by illustrations of French women wearing feathered adornments in their hair during the 19th century

Meanwhile, the 2019 Black Label Masterpiece II Marguerite Brooch is notable for its 84.89-carat cabochon emerald, and the 2019 Black Label Masterpiece VIII Ribbon Brooch is remarkably thin. The 1mm thick titanium base supports 3,600 pieces of diamonds, sapphires, tsavorites, alexandrites and blue spinels weighing a total of 120 carats.

Last but not least, the 2019 Black Label Masterpiece VII Emerald Architectural Necklace is a homage to Chao’s architect grandfather. A pair of emerald-cut Colombian emeralds of 100 and 99 carats are surrounded by 10,000 pieces of vivid green emerald beads. A superb finale, as is to be expected from an artisan as skilled as Chao.

March 16 – 24. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), MECC Maastricht, Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands. tefaf.com

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