Sarah Jessica Parker teamed up with fine jewelry artist Cindy Chao on a bit o’ bling!
Called Ballerina Butterfly, the 2014 Black Masterpiece brooch was created with titanium and has a 18-karat gold body, featuring a cushion-cut brown diamond weighing 26.27 carats, three rough brown diamond slices weighing 47.71 carats in total, three pieces of conch pearls weighing 7.25 carats in total, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and colored diamonds weighing 98.09 carats in total.
“I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,” Parker told Women’s Wear Daily. “Cindy’s jewelry designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.”
If you recall, Parker is member of the New York City Ballet board and produces a docu-series she conceived, city.ballet, an inside look at what it takes to climb the ranks at the New York City Ballet.
“Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,” Chao said of the partnership. “She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual Butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special in my heart.”
The two met during Chao’s Beijing exhibition in 2011 and on the spot, the fast friends decided to design one of the jewelry artist’s signature pieces together. The Ballerina Butterfly will make its debut during Paris Couture Week before traveling throughout Asia, ending in New York for the New York City Ballet’s Fall gala.
The Ballerina Butterfly will be auctioned off during Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale in October. It is expected to sell for an estimated $750,000 to $950,000. Proceeds will benefit the New York Ballet.