Di­vine Di­a­monds

Cartier brings its ex­per­tise in gem­stone cut­ting and set­ting to light with un­for­get­table di­a­mond pieces

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus -

The 83.5-carat Star of South Africa, the 107.7-carat Louis Cartier and the 245.35-carat Ju­bilee are just a few of the amaz­ing di­a­monds that have passed through the ex­pert hands of Cartier’s crafts­men. Time and again, th­ese mem­o­rable gem­stones are matched by per­fect crafts­man­ship sus­tained by the ex­act­ing stan­dards of the eye and hand. Daz­zlingly pure, a D-colour IF (In­ter­nally Flaw­less) di­a­mond of 30.21 carats was the cen­tral stone of the Pur Ab­solu neck­lace pre­sented at the Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires in Paris in 2014. The ra­di­ance of the pear-shaped Type IIA gem­stone (a des­ig­na­tion earned by only 1 per cent of nat­u­ral di­a­monds in the world) is mag­ni­fied by a neck­lace that took 1,000 hours to bring to life.

This year, the quest for jew­ellery that brings un­ri­valled ra­di­ance con­tin­ues with this ex­cep­tional pear-shaped di­a­mond of 63.66 carats com­bined with the power of rock crys­tal, in a one-of-a-kind Cartier bracelet that took more than 2,000 hours of work to com­plete.

The tech­nique of mak­ing set­tings and me­tal dis­ap­pear in favour of clar­ity and weight­less­ness is a skill that Cartier has ac­quired and de­vel­oped since the 1900s. “By mak­ing the me­tal dis­ap­pear, Cartier has al­lowed a rev­o­lu­tion in jew­ellery,” says Pierre Rainero, im­age and style di­rec­tor of the mai­son. “At Cartier, there are no small or large di­a­monds; from a row of di­a­monds on a bracelet or choker to an en­gage­ment ring, from pavé-set cre­ations to ex­cep­tional neck­laces, the di­a­mond is a priv­i­leged pro­tag­o­nist, al­ways treated with the same re­spect.”

A vir­tu­oso of the mille grain and lily-of-the-val­ley set­tings, as well as the baguette cut, Cartier’s style tran­scends gen­res and eras. At 13 Rue de la Paix Paris, the Cartier work­shops are a king­dom that re­sem­bles a suc­ces­sion of high pre­ci­sion lab­o­ra­to­ries. A High Jew­ellery piece can re­quire up to 3,000 hours’ work. “We di­rect the sce­nario of di­a­monds,” ex­plains Xavier Gar­gat, di­rec­tor of the work­shops. “Our pro­fes­sion con­sists of cre­at­ing the struc­ture, trans­lat­ing the vol­umes.” To­day, 130 peo­ple work at the heart of th­ese work­shops, and at least ten years’ ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to be able to work on a High Jew­ellery piece.

Cartier’s sig­na­ture comes in the way jewels have en­hanced pro­por­tions and shapes, of mag­ni­fy­ing the sparkle of a stone in un­ex­pected ways. On a con­stant quest for per­fec­tion, all the jewellers’ ef­forts work to­ward this re­sult, to make Cartier cre­ations as beau­ti­ful on the back as they are on the front.

SHINE ON Cartier’s quest for ra­di­ant jew­ellery con­tin­ues with this High Jew­ellery bracelet with an ex­cep­tional pear­shaped di­a­mond of 63.66 carats com­bined with rock crys­tal, a unique piece which re­quired over 2,000 hours’ work to bring to life

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