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Saturday 27 December 2014

SJP's stylish eye

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10:  Actress and presenter Sarah Jessica Parker attends the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York 2014 at The Plaza Hotel on June 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker has collaborated with jewelry designer Cindy Chao on a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly brooch.

The 49-year-old actress has teamed up with jewellery designer Cindy Chao to create a limited edition Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly brooch, which will be a part of Cindy's Masterpiece Butterfly collection. This venture was prompted after the two women had a brief talk in 2011 during the jewellery expert's exhibition in Beijing, which Jessica attended.

“It was a really natural, organic conversation. I’m so used to doing my own thing, but Sarah Jessica was so easy to work with," Cindy smiled to WWD. "The two of us are very different creatively. She has a great sense of fashion and such a special eye for anything that’s style related. On the other side, my focus is definitely jewellery. But when we talk, I feel like she really understands me and has an appreciation for the work that I’m doing.”

Cindy continued to reveal the inspiration behind the pretty piece, which is bejewelled with precious stones such as a 26.27-carat brown diamond, three brown diamond slices and conch pearls. It's Sarah's association with the New York City Ballet - which she is set to produce, narrate and develop a reality show about - which inspired the finished design.

"It took us about six months to get the first design right,” Cindy added. “Sarah Jessica is so feminine, while my work is really bold. I had to change the design a few times to really make sure that it’s representative of both Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as the power of the ballet.”

The brooch is set to be auctioned off in October as part of the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale. It is estimated the accessory will sell for between $750,000 and $950,000, with net proceeds of the auction going to the New York City Ballet.

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