How was it made? Cindy Chao's Peony Brooch

Discover how jewellery designer Cindy Chao made her spectacular three-dimensional brooch in the shape of a peony flower. Set with an incredible 3,150 rubies, the dazzling brooch required meticulous engineering to ensure each gem fit within the delicate construction.

In this film, Chao reveals her ten-year-long creative process, the origin of the idea and how it transformed from sketch to glistening, velvety brooch.

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Find out more about the brooch in Explore the Collections.

Background image: Peony brooch, by Cindy Chao, 2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London