Winter Leaves Necklace
Black Label Masterpiece IX, 2016
Pear-shaped diamonds 12.06 cts, oval-shaped diamonds 93.04 cts, round brilliant-cut diamonds 6.3 cts, diamonds 129.26 cts
24.7 x 18 x 10 cm
The Black Label Masterpieces are the most prestigious and exclusive creations that bear the CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel name. They are the ultimate expressions of her savoir-faire as a sculptor and artist.
Original, innovative and technically challenging, only a limited number of these one-of-a-kind masterpieces are created annually, and each is named, numbered and dated. These modern masterpieces are unveiled once a year through invitation-only exhibitions, and are highly prized by connoisseurs and collectors, and are sought after at international auctions. The Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris 2016 marked the first worldwide unveil of CINDY CHAO’s masterful pieces to the public. One of the highlights at the event was the Winter Leaves Necklace from the Four Seasons Collection, as a reinterpretation of Cindy Chao’s first auctioned art jewel back in 2007. Even in portraying frosty winter foliage, she chooses the path of refinement and life-like realism for her creations.
Imaginative and creative, delicate yet daring, and impeccably hand-crafted, the Winter Leaves necklace, itself a constellation of more than 240 carats of nearly 6,000 fancy-cut diamonds all falling within the DEF colors and VVS clarity criteria, is set entirely in titanium which is a fifth of the weight of gold. As a result of more than 10,000 hours of engineering and craft, the voluminous necklace is ultra light weight of merely 78 grams. Resting lightly on the neckline, the curves, undulations and layering arrangement of the winter leaves on the necklace highlights their perfect shapes, and natural, organic appeal that are an important hallmark of a Cindy Chao art jewel.