Fine jewelry designer Cindy Chao and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have collaborated to design a brooch to benefit the New York City Ballet.
The brooch, the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece Ballerina Butterfly, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on October 7. It is valued between $750,000 and $950,000. Chao has designed a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly each year since 2008. This piece marks her first collaboration on the annual project.
Chao and Parker met during Chao’s Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing in 2011. The next year, Parker was an honorary guest at Chao’s boutique opening, and it was at that event that the pair decided to collaborate on a design for charity.
The body of the piece is constructed of titanium and 18k gold and features one cushion-cut fancy brown diamond (26.27 cts.), three rough brown diamond slices (47.71 cts.), three conch pearl pieces (7.25 cts.), and 4,698 fancy-colored diamonds (98.09 cts.).
The brooch has been designed to be worn either right-side up or upside down.
“Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,” said Chao in a statement. “She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special in my heart.”
Added Parker: “I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her. Cindy’s jewelry designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.”
The brooch debuted at haute couture week in Paris in July. It will travel throughout Asia and then will head to New York for the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala, which Chao and Parker are cochairing. The brooch will then travel to Hong Kong for the auction on October 7.