Sarah Jessica Parker’s Brown Diamond Brooch is Up For Sale
August 15th, 2014 by Noam Flint
It’s no secret that Sarah Jessica Parker is a style guru. The A-list actress has long been considered a tastemaker, and not only because of her role as Carrie Bradshaw or her coveted red carpet ensembles. More recently, Parker has been showing off her design skills, with a line of women’s clothing and shoes for Nordstrom. Now she’s proving that she knows a thing or two about jewelry design, too.
Parker teamed up with famed jewelry designer Cindy Chao to create a one-of-a-kind brooch that spiked the interest of diamond enthusiasts and jewelry collectors when it debuted during the Paris Haute Couture Week in July.
Moreover, the “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch will surely attract a lot of bids when it’s auctioned off at the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale in October.
Ballerina Butterfly Brooch by Cindy Chao & Sarah Jessica Parker
Spectacular Brown Sparkle
The piece is constructed of 18-karat gold and titanium, and features a jaw-dropping 26.67-carat cushion-cut fancy brown diamond, three rough brown diamond slices totaling 47.71 carats, three conch pearl pieces weighing 7.25 carats, all surrounded by a staggering 4,698 diamonds and fancy colored diamonds weighing 98.09 carats.
According to the International Diamond Exchange, the brooch took two years to make. Rapaport reported that presale estimates indicate the brooch will sell between $750,000 and $950,000. Fittingly, all proceeds from the sale of the “Ballerina Butterfly” will benefit the New York City Ballet, an organization that Parker said is close to her heart.
A Creative Friendship
This isn’t the first butterfly brooch that Chao has created, however. It’s a tradition for the designer, who, since 2008, has made a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly every year. Rapaport noted that this theme is meant to represent her metamorphosis as an artist. However, the “Ballerina Butterfly” marks her first collaboration on these jewels. It was at the opening of Chao’s Beijing boutique in 2012, at which Parker was an honorary guest, that the two decided to team up and design a brooch together for the sake of charity.
Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,”
said Chao, according to Rapaport. “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.”