Best of the Best 2011: Jewelry Designers: Cindy Chao

    Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao (886.2.2711.7718, www.cindychao.com) is known to spend more than two years on a single piece, such as the Masterpiece Solstice cuff—a creation of 5,170 diamonds and gemstones set in a painterly way to form a blooming azalea. Chao unveiled her collection in the United States last year, but she creates only a handful of artistic designs annually, each reflecting her own interpretation of nature.

    The internally flawless type IIa stone is one of the largest and rarest in existence…
    The Milanese jeweler celebrated the opening with one-off jewelry pieces inspired by paintings…
    The London jeweler uses baguette-cut gemstones to echo the film’s neon-lit buildings…
    The store is located inside the Peninsula Hotel in the 16th arrondissement…
    Photo by Matthias Hoffmann
    The 13-piece collection will be on display in cities around the globe in the coming months…
    Photo by Jasper Johal
    Jessica McCormack’s Victorian townhouse looks like a tasteful private residence in London’s posh...
    The jewelry in the new Louis Vuitton Emprise Collection feature streamlined rectangular shapes that...
    Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Made from 150-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur bone, this Monique Péan necklace (www....
    Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    The understated, masculine style of Shamballa Jewels’ macramé bracelets (www.shamballajewels.com)...
    Photo by Bernhard Rampf
    Nature’s Jewels collection by Hemmerle appears to have been foraged in the woods rather than cast...