High jewelry artist, Cindy Chao, and her creations inside her new Taipei art gallery
Celebrated jewelry house CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, founded by Taiwanese high jewelry artist, Cindy Chao, opened its first gallery in Taipei, presenting the artist’s latest high jewelry masterpieces in a new setting. This new gallery joins Chao’s other boutiques in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Gallery, located in the Regent Taipei luxury hotel, is designed to give visitors insight into Cindy Chao’s world and “to create an intimate and exclusive mini museum space dedicated to showcasing the Maison’s most iconic artworks,” Chao said in a statement.
CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Gallery storefront
Chao’s vision for the space was realized through an international team of world-class designers. Renowned Dutch architect, Tom Postma, who has worked Chao in the past, was the lead in the project. Acclaimed French designer, Ingrid Donat, created the gallery’s handcrafted bronze walls. Two design teams from Singapore and Belgium conceived the showcases and display stands.
Chao says the atmosphere of the museum was achieved by drawing from the rules of classical architecture: “creating a strong central axis, lined with specially designed showcases, distinct focal points and the use of materials that are made to last centuries.”
Free-standing showcases with floating jewels in the CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Gallery
The four free-standing showcases in the center of the gallery display five Black Label Masterpiece creations, each display Chao’s ability to pair extraordinary creativity with exceptional craftsmanship. Weighing close to 500 pounds each, the showcases appear seemingly weightless, finding its balance on a slender base and a specially designed frame.
Cindy Chao
One of the focal points of the gallery is the large showcase embedded in a mirror wall where nine of Chao’s art jewels float inside. The “Gravity-free Showcase,” 126 inches in length and 47 inches in height, is the largest of its kind in the world, Chao claims. The levitating pieces are constantly in motion, with their appearance changing according to the lighting. From within this showcase a torso emerges displaying one of the most precious necklaces in the collection.
“Gravity-free” showcases display Cindy Chao’s high jewelry creations
The combination of the elaborate concept, the museum atmosphere, and the timeless elements sets the gallery apart, Chao says. It is a space designed to surprise and inspire both the clients and public.
The library inside the CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Gallery
The gallery will include two of Chao’s newest creations: the 2022 Black Label Masterpiece “Caribbean Summer Brooch” and the 2022 Black Label Masterpiece “Spring Cardamom Brooch.” The two sculptural pieces combines the use of Chao’s favorite gemstone, emerald, with her preference for realistic displays of flora.
The Cindy Chao 2022 Black Label Masterpiece VIII Caribbean Summer Brooch 2
In this piece, Chao recreates the Muso leaf, commonplace in the Caribbean. Airy and lifelike, the edge of the leaf with its folds and curvatures is made of a sprinkling of tsavorites that surrounds channel-set bands of more than 2,000 diamonds of multiple cuts. It was the first time Chao used the channel-setting technique. The gems, including the stem in the center, are made of light, strong and colorful titanium. Peeking out of one of the folds of the leaf is a 3.80-carat pear-shaped Muzo Colombian emerald.
The Cindy Chao 2022 Black Label Masterpiece VIII Caribbean Summer Brooch wax model and titanium
Cindy Chao says she inherited her mastery of architectural space and sculptural aptitude from her grandfather, who was an architect, and her father, who was a sculptor. To create this brooch, she used the lost-wax technique to painstakingly sculpt the leaf into a 3D sculptural form with undulations, curvatures and soft organic lines. The titanium was then molded to follow the form of the original wax sculpture, a process in which precision is essential so that the lifelike dynamic and beauty of the brooch is maintained.
The Cindy Chao 2022 Black Label Masterpiece Spring Cardamom Brooch
This piece was specifically created for the launch of the CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Gallery. Inspired by freshly sprouted Cardamom pods, the brooch encapsulates “the vitality and hope of a new spring,” Chao says. Crafted in the shape of a budding pod, with an undulating silhouette, the brooch is a fine example of Chao’s three-dimensional craftsmanship.
The main gem is an 81.11-carat oval-shaped cabochon Colombian emerald, extremely rare in size and quality. The gem is complimented by the brown diamonds, tsavorites, demantoids, color-changing garnet, alexandrites, and green sapphires, which surround it.
The Cindy Chao 2022 Black Label Masterpiece Spring Cardamom Brooch gem-setting
Chao has had quite a run since opening her high jewelry maison in 2004. Among her accolades, she has had her works inducted into three major international museums, and in 2021, Chao went on to be appointed as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, becoming the first Asian jewelry artist to receive this prestigious French appointment.


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