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Jeweler Cindy Chao has just opened her first boutique in Taipei – Robb Report


High jewelry designate Cindy Chao, known for its sculptural style and unique pieces, has so far presented its exclusive pieces only in international museums, art fairs, auctions or by appointment. This month, the artist opens his first public space, a museum-like gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.

Cindy Chao at the Art of Jewel Gallery

Chao, whose business name is Cindy Chao The Art Jewel, is the daughter of a sculptor who taught her the techniques and skills used in carving, which strongly shaped her style as a jewelry designer. His work is also influenced by his grandfather, an architect who designed temples across Taiwan. Her designs are inspired by nature and rendered in incredible detail – with waving petals, curling leaves and budding flowers – and usually set with thousands of precious stones.

Chao’s annual Black Label Masterpiece collection consists of unique pieces that are each named, numbered and dated. Part of the current collection will be on display in the new gallery, including the Caribbean Summer brooch and the Spring Cardamom brooch. Both are typical of the Chao style, with flowing, undulating lines and gemstones in their thousands.

Cindy Chao Black Label Masterpiece VIII Caribbean Summer Brooch

The Caribbean Summer brooch is the star of the show. Designed to resemble Musa leaves native to the Caribbean, it is set with a 3.80-carat Colombian Muzo emerald, surrounded by 2,000 diamonds, 375 of which are Asscher cut (Asscher cuts total 62.54 carats), as well than 1,731 tsavorites totaling 24.67 carats, for a total of 91.8 carats of precious stones. In the center of the coin is a piece of highly polished European cow horn. In order to perfectly represent the vein texture of a Musa leaf, Chao first adopted the technique of channel setting, which uses tension rather than claws. The metal is lightweight titanium, ideal for large pieces (because it is lightweight) with delicate edges (for stability; titanium is much harder than gold and twice as hard as steel).

The Spring Cardamom Brooch, also in titanium, is sculpted in the shape of a budding pod, anchored by an oval-shaped 81.11-carat Colombian emerald cabochon. It is surrounded by 5,356 gemstones, including diamonds, brown diamonds, color change garnet, demantoid garnet, tsavorite, green sapphires and alexandrite, for a total weight of 235.07 carats. . The pod leaves are jointed, allowing them to move slightly with the movement of the wearer.

Cindy Chao's Jewelry Art Gallery

Cindy Chao’s Jewelry Art Gallery

Cindy Chao

The new space is located in one of the best hotels in Taipei, the Regent Taipei. Four freestanding showcases in the center of the gallery display five Black Label Masterpiece creations. Another focal point is a large display case embedded in a mirrored wall where nine of the designer’s jewels seem to float weightlessly. The levitating pieces are constantly in motion, their appearance changing depending on how they catch the light. The space was designed by Dutch architect Tom Postma in collaboration with French designer Ingrid Donat who created the gallery’s handcrafted bronze wall.

Cindy Chao Breathing Necklace from Art Jewel Gallery

Chao is the first Asian jewelry artist to receive a chivalry of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters of France. started The Art Jewel in 2004, and since then has worked with A-list celebrities and exhibited at the world’s biggest shows, including Haute Couture Jewelery Week in Paris. His works have been collected by connoisseurs and exhibited at art fairs and institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.