Jewel of the day: Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker Ballerina Butterfly Brooch

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.

Sotheby's Ballerina Butterfly Brooch 2

Sotheby's Ballerina Butterfly Brooch


8 thoughts on “Jewel of the day: Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker Ballerina Butterfly Brooch

  1. P.T. Barnum had it right when he said, “You will never go broke underestimating the taste of the public.”.
    He also said, “There is a sucker born every minute.”.
    Titanium, really – that is for hucksters and folks that don’t know better but it makes for good costume jewellery. For that price and for that cause, something special should have been created.

  2. Dan, thanks as always for weighing in! I think the design is lovely, as is the intent … it remains to be seen what it sells for and who the purchaser is, if that information is revealed!

  3. I come by and visit daily – but you never offer coffee!

    It is a great site and an even greater effort on your part. I hope that people appreciate the amount of work and diligence that you have put into this.
    As always,

  4. Some time we will meet at the Coffee Mill and have a coffee. I have a Pavoni Piccolo espresso machine that I purchased new in 1975 in my kitchen that has been rebuilt 5 times.

    I calculate that I have processed more than 3.5 tons of premium espresso coffee beans through it over the years. I am slowing down in recent years though.

    Best wishes, Dan

  5. Sorry to deliver the bad news that The Coffee Mill closed Sept. 7:

    So we will have to pick someplace else! Your machine is better than mine, a Jura Z5 that’s been rebuilt about 3 times … after we killed the earlier model. We were given the dubious honour at Faema of having pulled something like 15,000 shots in a four year period (I don’t even want to calculate the caffeine intake in that), after that one was rebuilt four times. They’ve told us that next time, we need to move up to a commercial model. Or maybe just Pavoni 🙂

  6. No more Coffee Mill? What is life coming to?
    I didn’t want to brag but ….. I sold my perfect and just rebuilt 1957 Gaggia single Gruppo manual pull restaurant unit last year. I purchased it in the early 90s. It was just too big being about 2.5 feet square and the 3 feet high with the arm – but the espresso and crema were divine.

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