Jen’s Biennale des Antiquaires 2016 Obsession: Cindy Chao’s Bow Tie Brooch



There are fabric bow ties, wooden ones, jeweled ones for women, and now, a rare gemstone version for the ultimate fine jewelry collector. One of Cindy Chao’s latest one-of-a-kinds, a Bow Tie brooch, was recently unveiled during the 28th annual Biennale des Antiquaires, taking place through Sept. 18 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Chao calls this extraordinary creation, featuring a 76-carat old mine–cut diamond and diamond-cut rubies, Black Label Masterpiece No. XV. It has an en-trembleuse effect, and I particularly love the undulating curves of the metal made to mimic fabric. Plus, the random pattern of large and small rubies is sublime, with accents of what looks like black rhodium present to give it just the right touch of drama. Chao’s media team maintains that the bow tie was made in four pieces but hadn’t dished about availability by press time, though inquiring minds want to know: Is it still available for purchase?

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Bow tie brooch with 76 ct. old mine–cut diamond and diamond-cut rubies 

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