AN ECLEC­TIC AP­PROACH

Cartier’s lat­est high jew­ellery res­onates with beauty

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - News - Text Ter­ence Lim

Cartier's high jew­ellery range res­onates with beauty

Look­ing at the new Ré­so­nances de Cartier col­lec­tion, it’s hard to pin­point a spe­cific theme. It’s un­like the Pan­thère de Cartier—the fe­line icon is promi­nent through­out—or the Cac­tus de Cartier, where the thorny plant serves as the key in­spi­ra­tion. If any­thing, the one com­mon thread that cour­ses through the en­tire range is the ex­tra­or­di­nary stones used in the cre­ations.

As with any ma­jor haute joal­lierie col­lec­tion, there are di­a­monds, emer­alds and sap­phires of var­i­ous grades and sizes. But what truly stood out are the ex­otic gem­stones used. Think smoky quartz, gold­flecked lapis lazuli and leaf-green beryls— all com­bin­ing to ac­cen­tu­ate the cen­tral stone in the de­sign.

Be­cause of the wide va­ri­ety of gem­stones cho­sen, Cartier is able to tap on its archives and ex­pe­ri­ence in jew­ellery-mak­ing to cre­ate the col­lec­tion. Which is why one can see ves­tiges of the highly pop­u­lar Tutti Fruitti style in some pieces and hints of Art Deco in the oth­ers.

While there are sim­ple rings and bracelets—all set with bril­liant com­bi­na­tions of top-drawer qual­ity stones—there are some more com­pli­cated pieces that clearly high­light Cartier’s cre­ative prow­ess.

Take the Rhyth­mic neck­lace for in­stance. It’s crafted out of plat­inum and heav­ily set with di­a­monds of dif­fer­ent cuts and sizes. But the French mar­que adds mod­u­lar­ity to the de­sign: The cen­tre­piece of the neck­lace can be de­tached to be­come a brooch. This al­lows ladies to tran­sit from day to night, work to evening­wear in a sim­ple yet stun­ning man­ner. Such ver­sa­til­ity is ap­pre­ci­ated by women to­day.

The 100-odd-piece col­lec­tion’s press state­ment states: “A breath of air washes over the stones. Ablaze, they in­hale and ex­hale, their rhythm steady. A beat­ing heart comes to life, stark shapes pound­ing, res­onat­ing, un­leash­ing their forms.” It sounds slightly ex­ag­ger­ated. We can’t, how­ever, help but agree.

The Ré­so­nances de Cartier col­lec­tion comes with a va­ri­ety of styles but the jew­ellery pieces are all an­chored by im­pres­sive and top­notch gem­stones.

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