Cindy Chao’s Dazzling Azaela Solstice Cuff



Talk about beginner’s luck. Cindy Chao had been designing jewelry for three years when she left her native Taipei in 2007 to study at the Gemological Institute of America in New York City. “Every time I passed by Christie’s near Rockefeller Center, I told myself, ‘Before I die, I want a collection auctioned there.’?” Emboldened, she wandered in and presented a bangle and necklace to the jewelry department, which not only snapped them up and sold them for three times the estimate but also promoted her work by name—unheard of for a jeweler without a track record. That sale inspired
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