Timeline

2019

Maastricht, Netherlands

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel unveils its latest 2019 Black Label Masterpieces at TEFAF Maastricht, held from 16 to 24 March at MECC Maastricht, Netherlands.
The 2019 Black Label Masterpieces are showcased on a Tree of Life that symbolizes the jewellery artist Cindy Chao’s unique family legacy. For Chao, every piece of jewellery should be a miniature work of art. She is devoted to fusing the 18th-century European artisan wax sculpting technique with modern cutting-edge craftsmanship, to create jewellery pieces that are organic, sculptural and architectural.

TEFAF

Hollywood, California

Oscar award winning actress Julia Roberts wears Cindy Chao’s Architectural Earrings and Branch Bangle at the 91st Academy Awards.

Hollywood, California

Oscar award winning actress Julia Roberts wears Cindy Chao’s Architectural Earrings and Branch Bangle at the 91st Academy Awards.

Julia Roberts

The Oscars 2019, 91st Academy Awards

2018

London

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel unveils its 2018 Black Label Masterpieces globally at Masterpiece London – the first time the brand has been shown in London and is proud to unveil Cindy’s Black Label Masterpieces. The only Asian high jeweller present at this year's fair, CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel is delighted The Peony Brooch has been awarded ‘Outstanding Object’ by the Masterpiece 2018 Awards Committee.

Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel makes her first appearance at Masterpiece London

2017

Paris

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel returns to Paris where the brand holds its long-awaited annual high jewellery unveiling in response to the high demand of international collectors following its successful debut at the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris in 2016. The brand new Dragonfly Collection is the vivid materialization of artist Cindy Chao’s study of dragonflies over the past six years.

Conch Pearl Dragonfly

Unveiled at Paris Haute Couture

Hong Kong

Cindy Chao is celebrated in Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” auction as an Iconic Hong Kong Jewellery Designer. It is also the very first time the artist presents two Black Label Masterpieces in the auction. The three stunning pieces – Phoenix Feather Brooch, Colombian Emerald Snowpeas Earrings and the White Label Ribbon Ruby Ring – are sold for a total of HK$16 million (approximately US$2.06 million), almost twice the initial estimation.

Hong Kong

Cindy Chao is celebrated in Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” auction as an Iconic Hong Kong Jewellery Designer. It is also the very first time the artist presents two Black Label Masterpieces in the auction. The three stunning pieces – Phoenix Feather Brooch, Colombian Emerald Snowpeas Earrings and the White Label Ribbon Ruby Ring – are sold for a total of HK$16 million (approximately US$2.06 million), almost twice the initial estimation.

Taipei

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel opens its exclusive private showroom in Taipei New Horizon, the new landmark of cultural and creative art industry in the very heart of Taipei. A special unveiling of selected 2017 Black Label Masterpieces was held during the grand inauguration, marking again the brand’s continuous refinement in artistry.

Taipei

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel opens its exclusive private showroom in Taipei New Horizon, the new landmark of cultural and creative art industry in the very heart of Taipei. A special unveiling of selected 2017 Black Label Masterpieces was held during the grand inauguration, marking again the brand’s continuous refinement in artistry.

Appointment Only Private Showroom

In Taipei

Los Angeles

At the 89th Academy Awards actress Amy Adams wears Four Seasons Branch Diamond Earrings, and is noted one of the Top 10 Best Dressed actresses on this most important night of Hollywood.

Los Angeles

At the 89th Academy Awards actress Amy Adams wears Four Seasons Branch Diamond Earrings, and is noted one of the Top 10 Best Dressed actresses on this most important night of Hollywood.

Amy Adams

The Oscars 2017, 89th Academy Awards

Branches Earrings

2016

Paris

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel is invited to participate in the 28th Paris Biennale des Antiquaires where the 2016 Black Label Masterpieces are revealed. The Biennale signified the brand’s swift rise to global recognition at the highly regarded event; it also marked the first worldwide unveil of Chao’s masterful pieces to the public.

Biennale

Video

Cindy Chao

In front of the Petit Palais Paris

2015

Paris

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel unveils Black Label Masterpieces for the first time at the Paris Haute Couture, offering greater access to the jewellery, which hitherto had only been exhibited or viewed by private appointment.

VIP Appeciating Black Label Masterpieces

At Paris Haute Couture

Paris

Hong Kong

The long-awaited debut of a private showroom at 50 Connaught Road Central, home of some of the city’s major art galleries. The showroom marks the transfer of the brand’s headquarters to Hong Kong and permanently houses the Black Label Masterpieces, which can be viewed by appointment. The showroom, with its dark lacquered décor and sophisticated ambience, represents Cindy Chao’s vision for her brand.

Hong Kong

The long-awaited debut of a private showroom at 50 Connaught Road Central, home of some of the city’s major art galleries. The showroom marks the transfer of the brand’s headquarters to Hong Kong and permanently houses the Black Label Masterpieces, which can be viewed by appointment. The showroom, with its dark lacquered décor and sophisticated ambience, represents Cindy Chao’s vision for her brand.

Rosamund Kwan

In the Private Showroom

2014

Hong Kong

Cindy Chao and actress and philanthropist Sarah Jessica Parker co-design the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly Ballerina Brooch that depicts a ballerina imitating the graceful beauty of a butterfly. It is auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale in the autumn, raising US$1.21 million. The net proceeds from its sale are donated to the New York City Ballet.

Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker

Sotheby’s Magazine Cover

New York

Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker co-chair the 2014 New York City Ballet Fall Gala to celebrate the ballerinas who inspired the delicate and intricately structured Butterfly Ballerina brooch.

New York

Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker co-chair the 2014 New York City Ballet Fall Gala to celebrate the ballerinas who inspired the delicate and intricately structured Butterfly Ballerina brooch.

Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker

2013

Hong Kong

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s Hong Kong collaborates with Cindy Chao to create the 2013 Black Label Masterpiece No. 19, an 8.03-carat unheated “Pigeon’s Blood” Burmese Ruby Ribbon Ring. The ring is the highlight of the anniversary auction and achieves US$3.84 million, setting a new record for an Asian contemporary art jewel.

Burmese Ruby Ribbon Ring

Sotheby's Hong Kong 2013 catalogue cover

Beijing

The opening of Cindy Chao’s The Art Jewel Gallery in the city’s Central Business District. The gallery is designed to showcase the one-of-a-kind White Label Series. The sleek black lacquered interior of the gallery is an art space that mirrors in design the brand’s signature jewellery boxes.

Beijing

The opening of Cindy Chao’s The Art Jewel Gallery in the city’s Central Business District. The gallery is designed to showcase the one-of-a-kind White Label Series. The sleek black lacquered interior of the gallery is an art space that mirrors in design the brand’s signature jewellery boxes.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao

In Beijing Art Jewel Gallery

Washington, D.C.

Two years after its induction, the Royal Butterfly brooch goes on display to the public in the Gem Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Created in 2009, the brooch is the first Taiwanese-designed jewel in the collection.

Washington, D.C.

Two years after its induction, the Royal Butterfly brooch goes on display to the public in the Gem Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Created in 2009, the brooch is the first Taiwanese-designed jewel in the collection.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

In Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles

At the 85th Academy Awards actress and film director Salma Hayek wears the 2010 Black Label Masterpiece No. VI Maple Leaves choker.

Los Angeles

At the 85th Academy Awards actress and film director Salma Hayek wears the 2010 Black Label Masterpiece No. VI Maple Leaves choker.

Salma Hayek

The Oscars 2013, 85th Academy Awards

2012

London

The Majestic Beauty Fan with its detachable butterfly brooch, created in collaboration with Forevermark (De Beers), is the highlight of ‘Brilliant’ a capsule exhibition of diamond masterpieces curated by Carol Woolton to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Masterpiece London art and luxury fair.

Majestic Butterfly Fan

At Masterpiece London

Geneva

The Transcendence Butterfly, the 2012 Black Label Masterpiece No. 1, is auctioned at Christie’s achieving US$954,201, over four times the estimate.

Geneva

The Transcendence Butterfly, the 2012 Black Label Masterpiece No. 1, is auctioned at Christie’s achieving US$954,201, over four times the estimate.

Geneva

Los Angeles

At the 84th Academy Awards, Chinese actress Li Bingbing wears Maple Leaves earrings and Flaming Floral Ruby cuff.

Los Angeles

At the 84th Academy Awards, Chinese actress Li Bingbing wears Maple Leaves earrings and Flaming Floral Ruby cuff.

Li Bingbing

The Oscars 2012, 84th Academy Awards

International

For the Best of the Best 2012 award the Robb Report selects, for the second consecutive year, a CINDY CHAO Art Jewel, the Equinox Cuff, the 2011 Black Label Masterpiece VI.

International

For the Best of the Best 2012 award the Robb Report selects, for the second consecutive year, a CINDY CHAO Art Jewel, the Equinox Cuff, the 2011 Black Label Masterpiece VI.

Robb Report 2012 Cover

2011

Hong Kong

The Solstice Cuff, the 2010 Black Label Masterpiece No. VIII, a design centred on a 7.02 carat Fancy Light Yellow diamond, is a highlight of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeites auction and realizes US$465,000, three times the estimate. The Solstice Cuff later featured in the Robb Report and was awarded ‘Best of the Best’ 2011 in the fine jewellery category.

Beijing

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel announces its official arrival in China with an exhibition of Black Label Masterpieces. Guest of honour at the event is actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

Beijing

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel announces its official arrival in China with an exhibition of Black Label Masterpieces. Guest of honour at the event is actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao

At the Black Label Masterpieces Exhibition in Beijing

2010

New York

Bergdorf Goodman unveils the White Label Series to their clients.

Bergdorf Goodman Department Store

In New York

Washington, D.C.

The Royal Butterfly, 2009 Masterpiece No. I inducted into the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s gem collection. The meticulous detail of the Royal Butterfly symbolizes Cindy Chao’s metamorphosis from jewellery designer to jewellery artist.

Washington, D.C.

The Royal Butterfly, 2009 Masterpiece No. I inducted into the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s gem collection. The meticulous detail of the Royal Butterfly symbolizes Cindy Chao’s metamorphosis from jewellery designer to jewellery artist.

Beijing

In celebration of Bazaar Jewellery’s first anniversary, Bazaar China Group hosts an exhibition of the Black Label Masterpieces.

Beijing

In celebration of Bazaar Jewellery’s first anniversary, Bazaar China Group hosts an exhibition of the Black Label Masterpieces.

Black Label Masterpieces Exhibition

At Bazaar Jewelry Beijing

2009

New York

Phillips de Pury auction house features the Four Seasons Maple Ring.

Maple Ring

At Phillips de Pury New York

Dubai

The debut of the Art Jewels Imperial Danseurs and Castles collections headline the auction at Christie’s Dubai.

Cindy Chao is invited to join the world’s top 15 leading independent jewellery designers to show with Quintessentially at the Burj Al Arab.

Dubai

The debut of the Art Jewels Imperial Danseurs and Castles collections headline the auction at Christie’s Dubai.

Cindy Chao is invited to join the world’s top 15 leading independent jewellery designers to show with Quintessentially at the Burj Al Arab.

Christie’s Dubai 2009 catalogue cover

International

Cindy Chao collaborates with Forevermark (De Beers), the Master Diamantaires, to create the Majestic Beauty Fan, which measures 20 x 45cms and is set with 2,399 diamonds weighing 310.27 carats. This work of art reshapes the conventional perception that jewellery can only be worn as a luxury accessory. It is exhibited in museums around the world.

International

Cindy Chao collaborates with Forevermark (De Beers), the Master Diamantaires, to create the Majestic Beauty Fan, which measures 20 x 45cms and is set with 2,399 diamonds weighing 310.27 carats. This work of art reshapes the conventional perception that jewellery can only be worn as a luxury accessory. It is exhibited in museums around the world.

Majestic Beauty Fan

In collaboration with Forevermark (De Beers)

2007

New York

Cindy Chao becomes the first jewellery artist from Taiwan to be part of the Christie’s New York fine jewellery auction where she debuts her signature sculpted Four Seasons collection. This encompasses her Black Label Masterpiece Collection and White Label Collection.

Winter Choker and Bangle

Four Seasons Collection

2004

Taipei

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel brand is established with the opening of a private showroom and design studio in Taipei.

Appointment Only Private Showroom

In Taipei