Lot 575. A Rare and Impressive 4.23 carats Fancy Coloured Diamond and Diamond Dress Ring, by Cindy Chao. Estimate HK$ 8,000,000 - 10,000,000 (€870,000 - 1,100,000). Sold for HK$ 9,100,000 (€981,195). Photo: Bonhams.

The oval-cut fancy pink-purple diamond, weighing 4.23 carats, within a stylised ribbon frame, pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, extending to the hoop, highlighted by a cushion-shaped diamond, diamonds approximately 4.80 carats total, signed Cindy Chao, ring size 4½, with original pouch

Accompanied by a GIA report stating that the diamond is natural Fancy Pink-Purple colour and SI1 clarity. Report number 15308718, dated 23 February 2015.  

NoteFor a similar example, see the 1.51 carat cushion-shaped Fancy Intense Pink-Purple diamond sold for HK$2,320,000 at Bonhams Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction, numbered 22885, lot 669 on 3 June 2015.

Influenced by the artistic heritage of her family, Cindy Chao started her design career after graduating from the renowned F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) and G.I.A (Gemological Institute of America), in New York. 
With a keen sense of fashion and design, in both western and eastern markets, Cindy Chao established her first showroom in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2004, under the name 'The Art Jewel'. 
Drawing on techniques from the 18th century, and with the desire to break boundaries and redefine high jewellery, Cindy Chao's goal was to handmake each jewel as a miniature work of art, therefore presenting rare, unique, bold and sculptural jewels to connoisseurs of jewellery and her distinguished group of collectors.
Further to exhibiting at various prominent museums around the world, such as the Tokyo Mori Art Museum in Japan, Beijing's Today Art Museum in China and at Masterpiece London, Cindy Chao has also had the great honour of being invited to bestow an iconic piece of her work to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in the USA.