Do You Be­lieve in Magic

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY ALLYSHA NILA

Some are skep­ti­cal about the mys­ti­cal pow­ers of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and gem­stones, while oth­ers are hyp­no­tised by the al­lure of its virtues. The Amulette de Cartier will con­vince you that there is in­deed power crys­tallised in Earth’s finest mat­ter — and in the jeweller’s col­lec­tion of pre­cious charms.

At first glance, it seems as though some­one cut a slice of the sun to cre­ate the disc-like pen­dant that lies at the core of the Amulette de Cartier col­lec­tion. But upon closer in­spec­tion, it bears a closer re­sem­blance to a pad­lock (its key­hole sealed with a small di­a­mond) that guards some grand se­cret. Like ev­ery Cartier piece – be it one that takes the form of a Pan­ther, a nail or a sim­ple cir­cle – this one is sym­bolic. The Parisian jew­ellery house de­scribes the col­lec­tion as be­ing “at once a prom­ise and a wish”, beck­on­ing one to un­lock their dreams with it.

While pre­vi­ous col­lec­tions fea­tured gem­stones, Cartier em­ploys three less typ­i­cal ma­te­ri­als for the 2016 up­date: snake­wood, which has been used more fre­quently in fur­ni­ture; guil­loché gold, for its il­lu­sory sur­face; and mother of pearl, which has be­come an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the cre­ation of time­pieces. That’s quite a twist to marvel at, given that the other six ma­te­ri­als used for the amulets are all gem­stones: mala­chite, opal, car­nelian, chryso­prase, lapis lazuli, and onyx.

Each piece is nes­tled within a gold ring and kept rel­a­tively pe­tite — the rings and pen­dants even come with an ex­tra-small model. Min­i­mal and mod­est, they don’t make any rad­i­cal state­ments that the usual as­sort­ment of rings, ear­rings, pen­dants, neck­laces, and bracelets do. But that’s be­sides the point — they are ex­quis­ite ves­sels of per­sonal mean­ing, just await­ing the right dé­col­letage, wrist or fin­ger to call home.

Since an­cient times, mankind has had the ten­dency to as­sign mean­ings to ob­jects. The Chi­nese were (and still are) avid be­liev­ers that jade can pro­vide one with end­less wis­dom, among other virtues. Sim­i­larly, ev­ery Amulette de Cartier strongly en­cap­su­lates the many hopes of hu­man­ity: the trav­eler’s gem­stone, mala­chite, prom­ises luck and the ful­fil­ment of great ex­pec­ta­tions; the fiery car­nelian assures one deep vi­tal­ity; and opal is a guar­an­tee for last­ing hap­pi­ness. In­deed, no other piece of jew­ellery is im­bued with such pro­found mean­ing­ful­ness as an Amulette de Cartier.

Pink gold, white and grey mother of pearl and mala­chite Amulette de Cartier chain neck­lace with di­a­monds, in small and ex­tra-small

1. Pink gold mala­chite Amulette de Cartier ring with di­a­mond, in ex­tra-small. 2. Pink gold onyx Amulette de Cartier ring with di­a­mond, in ex­tra-small. 3. Yel­low guil­loché gold Amulette de Cartier ring with di­a­mond, in small. 4. Pink guil­loché gold Amulette de Cartier ring with di­a­monds, in small. 5. Pink guil­loché gold Amulette de Cartier pen­dant chain neck­lace with di­a­monds, in medium. 6. Yel­low gold white mother of pearl Amulette de Cartier chain ear­rings with di­a­monds, in small. 7. Yel­low gold lapis lazuli Amulette de Cartier ear­rings with di­a­monds, in small. 8. Yel­low guil­loché gold Amulette de Cartier ear­rings with di­a­monds, in small. 9. Yel­low gold lapis lazuli Amulette de Cartier chain ear­rings with di­a­monds, in ex­tra-small.

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