Sumptuous high jewellery collections with surprising inspirations
“Colour is linked with joy, and this collection celebrates the world’s diversity of colour,” said Jacqueline Karachi-Langane, Cartier’s head of high jewellery design, as she unveiled the Coloratura collection this summer. Its 240 pieces take inspiration from celebratory traditions around the world: from India’s Holi festival to the ceremonial dancing of west African tribes. Like the three Cartier brothers who travelled the world in search of rare gemstones and exotic inspirations, Coloratura travels from West to East and back again, in both design and materials; Australian black opal appears alongside faded green tourmaline in the Matsuri suite, a nod to the paper lanterns set afloat in Japanese celebrations.
The house embraces the use of computer-aided design alongside traditional jewellery-making techniques, ensuring that the hand-threaded columns of spinel beads that feature in the African-inspired Kanaga necklace are just as precise as the geometric diamond motif that runs down their centre. KarachiLangane is particularly proud of the Holika bracelet, which sees chrysoberyl beads knitted together and draped across a voluminous structure so that a 65-carat rubellite appears to float on a bed of tangy green droplets. The end result is every bit as impressive as the Cartier brothers would have wanted.