Do You Believe in Magic
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.