Cindy Chao Royal Butterfly Brooch - Acquisition Ceremony

Photo: Brittany Hance, Smithsonian
March 5, 2013
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Photo: Brittany Hance, Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History’s famous gem collection has a new addition: the Cindy Chao Black Label Masterpiece Royal Butterfly Brooch. Created by Chao, center, in 2009, the brooch is the first Taiwanese-designed piece in the collection. It was donated to the museum by the artist and accepted by Director Kirk Johnson, left, and curator Jeffrey Post, right. It is now on display to the public for the first time March 6 in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.