IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.
AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.
This necklace is structured around a striking ensemble of seven round-shaped Colombian emeralds. Cartier jewellers have nestled these famously delicate gems inside levelled rock crystal motifs. Emerald meets its perfect match with rock crystal as the two collide in rippling reverberation. Against the skin, the reverse of the rock crystal section is faceted throughout. This technique – a jeweller’s secret – is invisible to the eye but adds to the sparkle of the emeralds.
The geometry and optical illusions of the design borrow from the codes of kinetic art, from contrasting colours to the skillful use of transparency. Green and black is a signature Cartier colour pairing. Here onyx functions as a graphic signal, a punctuation mark around the emeralds, on quartz or diamonds. The repetition of the motifs and the stones induces a rhythm that ricochets, rebounds, never stops. The pendant of the necklace may be removed and worn as a brooch or on a chain in the tradition of transformable pieces by the Maison. As always at Cartier, back and front have the same force: an additional pendant can be found at the clasp on the back.