Coloratura. Lovers of classical music will recognise this term from the Latin word Colorare – meaning: to adorn – which characterises virtuoso voices that are able to perform the most complex vocalisations within a repertoire that includes trills, arpeggios and piqued notes.
Ryujin” earrings in platinum, engraved peridots, sapphires, coral and diamonds. Photo : Cartier
Yoshino” earrings in white gold, pear-shaped morganites for 23.50 carats, opals for 2.18 carats, pink sapphires, diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Applying this definition to fine jewellery, the House of Cartier celebrates with its new collection a rich palette of colours, both pastel and ultra-bright, reminding us that its own jewellery creation has never known any boundaries other than those imposed by nature. And offers a journey to the four corners of the world, from India with its Holi ceremonies to the colourful festivals of Eastern Europe, via the African costumes of the Dogons or the Japanese Hanami celebrations. An ode to joy in which all the colours of the world explode: the powdery pink of morganites, the bright greens of the emeralds of Pandjchir (Afghanistan), the coloured fires of the Australian opals of Lightning Ridge or the intense and warm reds of rhodonites, not forgetting the luminous tourmalines of Mozambique, for which the country is now famous.
Synestia” bracelet in yellow gold, 29.42 carat cushion tourmaline, mandarin and grossular garnets and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Kanaga” earrings in white gold, pink spinels for 5.49 carats, F and G diamonds for 3.15 carats, spinels, diamonds. Photo: Cartier
It would have been difficult not to appreciate the quality of the pieces and the materials. The company – whose quality of sourcing no longer needs to be demonstrated – was able to choose rare and sometimes atypical stones on the high jewellery market, including the feat of having collected almost 200 carats of clear emeralds from Afghanistan. Finally, there is the desire to contrast the colours, to make the rubellites and chrysoberyls on the remarkable Holika set, or the mandarin and grossular garnets on the Synestia set, respond perfectly. A journey that I propose to discover through the pieces that have captured my attention. An itinerary that takes us to almost every region of the world and in which the craftsmen who use their knowledge in the service of the house have excelled. This month of July 2018 was definitely a tribute to colour!
“Matsuri” earrings in platinum, oval tourmalines for 8.32 carats, opals for 2.17 carats, tourmalines, onyx and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Holika” ring in white gold, 15.05 carats of rubellite, blue tourmalines, chrysoberyls and diamonds. Full pavé body. Photo: Cartier
Gold, diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire earrings. Photo: Cartier
Kanaga” bracelet in white gold, pink spinels for 6.01 carats, F and G diamonds for 4.79 carats, spinel and diamond beads. Photo: Cartier
Orienphone” watch in white gold, coral pearls for 130.46 carats, onyx, diamonds. Quartz movement. Photo: Cartier
Yoshino” ring in white gold, 17.12 carats of morganite, 1.72 carats of opals, pink sapphires and diamonds. Photo : Cartier
Chromophonia” necklace in white gold, 199.02 carats of Afghan emeralds, spinel beads, mandarin garnets, turquoise, onyx and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Gold, diamond and rhodonite earrings. Photo: Cartier
Matsuri” bracelet in platinum, 33.34-carat tourmaline, 12.18-carat opals, tourmalines, onyx and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Holika” earrings in white gold, blue tourmalines, chrysoberyls, tourmalines and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
Chromophonia” earrings in white gold, Afghan emeralds for 10.87 carats, spinels, mandarin garnets, turquoise, onyx and diamonds. Photo : Cartier
Holika” bracelet in white gold, 65.78 carats of rubellite, blue tourmalines, chrysoberyls, diamonds. Full pavé body. Photo: Cartier
Matsuri” ring in platinum, 26.20 carat onyx tourmaline and diamonds. Photo: Cartier
“Yoshino” necklace in white gold, 55.18 carats of morganites, 8.13 carats of opals, pink sapphires and diamonds. Photo : Cartier
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