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U.S. museum acquires work of Taiwanese jewelry artist

U.S. museum acquires work of Taiwanese jewelry artist

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A gem-encrusted butterfly brooch created by Taiwanese jewelry artist Cindy Chao has been acquired by the U.S.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, making it the first work by an Asian artist to be part of the collection in the museum's 164-year history.
It remains uncertain when the museum will put the creation on display.
"The museum is still preparing a special display case that allows a 360 degree view of the piece of craftsmanship, " Hung Yu-ting, a spokeswoman for Chao, told the Central News Agency, Friday.
Chao says the "Royal Butterfly, " a masterpiece completed in 2009 after two years of work, symbolizes the metamorphosis she underwent from a jewelry designer to a jewelry artist.
Chao "generously gifted" the piece to the National Gem and Mineral Collection, according to the museum's website.
The collection contains more than 375,000 individual specimens and includes such esteemed pieces as the Hope Diamond, the Napoleon Diamond Necklace, the Marie Antoinette Earrings, and the Inquisition Necklace.
The Royal Butterfly is set with 2,318 sapphires, fancy-colored sapphires, color-change sapphires, rubies, diamonds, fancy-colored diamonds and tsavorite garnets, according to the museum's website.
Forming the centerpiece of the wings are "four large rough diamond slices stacked atop a pave layer of faceted diamonds." According to Hung, the Royal Butterfly came to the attention of a New York collector after Women's Wear Daily -- a fashion-industry trade journal -- ran a cover story titled "The Butterfly Effect" about Chao in its Aug. 31, 2009 issue.
The collector expressed his wish to buy it from Chao, but was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale.
"He then told us that such a masterpiece should belong to the museum," Hung said.
Through the collector's help, the Royal Butterfly was given to the museum earlier this year.
Chao, a New York-trained designer, is the founder of CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, a brand established in 2004 that specializes in custom-made, hand-sculpted fine jewelry.
In 2007, she became the first Taiwanese jeweler to be included in a Christie's auction -- an honor that shot her to worldwide fame.
A colored-diamond and diamond ring by Chao was bought for US$37,500 at Christie's Dubai sale in 2009.
The Majesty Beauty Fan, an exclusive design by Chao, was featured in the De Beers Group branch company Forevermark's Precious Collection that same year.
Chao's creations have been available at the New York-based Bergdorf Goodman luxury goods department store since Sept. 1 this year.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-06-23 14:29 GMT+08:00