Sarah Jessica Parker Brooch to Sell at Sotheby's
The delightful and petite Sarah Jessica Parker, best known as fashionista Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City, has not only come out with her own women’s line of clothing and shoes for Nordstrom, but has also collaborated with top jewelry designer Cindy Chao. Together, this extraordinarily creative and stylish due fave created a unique brooch that has managed to grab the attention of diamond and jewelry enthusiast at this year’s Paris Haute Couture Week. The one of a kind champagne diamond Ballerina Butterfly brooch will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale this upcoming October. The price estimate is expected to reach between $750,000 and $950,000, the proceeds of which will be donated to the New York City Ballet, a cause close to Parker’s heart.
In order to create this magnificent Ballerina Butterfly brooch, 18K gold and titanium, brown diamonds, yellow diamonds, conch pearls, and colorless diamonds were used. The gold and titanium setting is shaped like a delicate butterfly ballerina. An enormous 26.67 carat cushion cut fancy brown diamond is the main attraction, on the bottom right wing, with an additional three rough brown diamond slices, totaling 47.71 carats, on the top right and the left wings. Three distinct conch pearl pieces weighing 7.25 carats bring a splash of color to the brooch, which shines brilliantly thanks to 4,698 diamonds weighing 98.09 carats.
As unusual and magnificent as this piece may be, it is not Chao’s first butterfly brooch, though it is the first time using such rare and precious materials. Since 2008, Cindy Chao has been creating an annual Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly. The butterfly theme represents Chao’s transformation as an artist. Parker picked up on this impressive depiction at Chao’s 2012 Beijing boutique where Parker was an honorary guest. The two hit it off and decided to come up with a design for a butterfly brooch that would be sold for charity.
It is always intriguing when two worlds collide, and two worlds have certainly done just that. Both women contributed their very different yet very creative touches to the piece, which shows Chao’s artistic and soulful talent as well as Parker’s innovative yet classic style and fashion. Having a special cause in mind during the two years of the brooch’s creation process resulted in a truly meaningful jewelry piece with unparalleled beauty and it will certainly bring in great awareness and funding for the New York City Ballet.