Cindy Chao’s 2016 Black Label Masterpiece IX “Winter Leaves Necklace” won the Masterpiece London Highlight Award, selected for being the “Best Jewellery Piece of the Fair.”

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel presented its latest Black Label Masterpieces at Masterpiece London from 27 June to 3 July. Its 2016 Black Label Masterpiece IX “Winter Leaves Necklace” won the Masterpiece London Highlight Award, selected for being the “Best Jewellery Piece of the Fair.”

Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Chairman of the Fair, welcoming back the brand for the second year, said, “Cindy Chao’s jewellery has a very different element: the sculptural quality, the emotional investment, the real intellectual curiosity behinds the designs, and the extraordinary combination of stones are put together in a way that no one has ever seen before. It is exceptionally exciting for us. I think it presents a marvelous opportunity for our audience.”

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, established by jewellery artist Cindy Chao in 2004, has made swift rise to the international stage in recent years. In 2016, Cindy Chao became the very first Asian female jeweler to be invited to the then Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. Her masterful work was claimed by connoisseurs as revolutionizing jewellery craftsmanship. Last year in 2018, the brand was first invited to the Masterpiece London and went on to win the “Outstanding Object Award” for its 2018

Black Label Masterpiece XVIII “Peony Brooch”. It was the first time the prestigious Art Fair delivered the award to a jewellery piece; the Awards Committee praised Chao’s Penoy Brooch as “an outstanding example of contemporary craftsmanship and great design”. Later in the same year, Cindy Chao was commended by Asia media for being “The World’s Most Influential Asian Jewellery Artist”. In March 2019, the brand debuted at TEFAF Maastricht by unveiling its 2019 Black Label Masterpieces. The CEO of TEFAF, Patrick van Maris van Dijk, praised CINDY CHAO as being excellent in quality, sophistication and thoughts. It is noticeable that Chao, who is embracing the 15th anniversary of her eponymous brand, is already creating her own Asian legacy on jewellery history by unprecedentedly integrating Asian creativity with cutting-edge Western craftsmanship.

The granddaughter of an architect and daughter of a sculptor, Asian jewellery artist Cindy Chao has been widely commended for her architectural mindset and sculptor savoir-faire. To pay tribute to her unique family legacy, Chao’s latest creations at Masterpiece London (Stand B31) are showcased around a physical Tree of Life. The installation was unveiled earlier this year at TEFAF Maastricht 2019 for the year’s Black Label Masterpiece global tour.

Fusing the ancient 18th-century European artisan wax sculpting technique (la cire perdue in French) with modern cutting-edge craftsmanship, Chao’s Art Jewels are often described as 360-degree miniature works of art featuring a richly organic, sculptural and architectural style.


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