20 Minutes With: Taiwanese Jewelry Artist Cindy Chao
Clarissa Sebag Montefiore
May 15, 2023
Barrons.com for PENTA
Taiwanese jewelry artist Cindy Chao made history in 2021 when she became the first founder of a jewelry brand to be appointed the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.
Last October, Chao opened the mini-museum Cindy Chao The Art Jewel Gallery in the Regent Taipei hotel. Chao, who is in her late 40s, is based in Asia but travels frequently to Europe to work with craftsmen based there. “By integrating Asian creativity with innovative Western craftsmanship, I hope to write my own story in jewelry history,” she says.
Penta discusses Chao’s inspiration, her favorite gemstones, and what collectors want.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 05: Jewelry artist Cindy Chao presents her Black Label Masterpiece Royal Butterfly Brooch to be accessioned into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on March 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Cindy Chao)
(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Cindy Chao)