This spectacular brooch is a collaboration, a fundraiser, and a jewelled ballerina in butterfly form. Designed by Taiwanese jeweller Cindy Chao, with input from Sarah Jessica Parker, it is going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s October 7 in Hong Kong to benefit the New York City Ballet.
I encourage you to read the entire article (written by renowned jewellery writer Vivienne Becker), but here is a snippet describing the genesis of the piece: “It had to be light yet strong, like a ballerina, with dynamic yet graceful movement, and a powerful yet whimsical silhouette, evoking a tutu, with all the spirit of Parker’s inimitable style. Titanium, light and strong but notoriously intransigent to work with, was chosen for the body along with gold for fluidity, a sophisticated, emotively exquisite palette of fancy brown and coloured diamonds, textural contrasts between brilliant cuts and rough diamond slices, all accented with three conch pearls. The pearls, explains Chao, were Parker’s suggestion, to inject a note of soft but striking pink, of her hallmark femininity. The gem colours were also inspired by personal concepts, such as the birthstones of Parker’s children.”
The pre-auction estimate is HK$6,000,000– 7,500,000 (approximately USD $774,000-967,000) plus buyer’s premium.