Jewellery

Cartier launches new High Jewellery, Beautés du Monde in Madrid

Cartier's latest high jewellery collection is a sparkling tribute to the natural beauty of the world around us. The collection was launched in Madrid and utilises many of the house's signature codes

By Kim Parker

Where Cartier’s 2021 High Jewellery collection, Sixième Sens, was dedicated to our innate human senses, including our so-called ‘sixth sense’, 2022’s Beautés du Monde is an ode to the glory of our outer world – from the exquisite beauty of nature to the magnificence of man-made architecture.

Launched in Madrid, the collection utilises many of the house’s signature style codes, from Art Deco-inspired geometric lines and shapes, to the layering of black onyx and diamonds alongside colourful gemstones and precious materials like coral. It also represents a fantastical take on many of the animal motifs that make up Cartier‘s fabled ‘bestiary’, including the zebra and the snake.

Cartier’s Nouchali necklace features a 10.61-carat rubellite and is inspired by the beauty of a water lily

Recreated in stylised forms and in eye-catching colour combinations, the themes of this new collection take on a dazzling new light. The Nouchali necklace, for example, has been inspired by a floating water lily, evoked in a geometric pattern of onyx-tipped diamond petals centred around a 10.61-carat rubellite cabochon. Instead of water, the flower ‘floats’ on a necklace of lavender-tinted chalcedony beads. Fully articulated and set in layers, the lily petals give movement and all-important volume to the bloom, qualities much espoused by Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s legendary creative director between 1933 and 1970.

There are abstract creatures aplenty, too. The form of a snake (a motif beloved by one of Cartier’s most famous clients, the actress Maria Felix) has been simplified into a sinuous necklace with a hypnotic pattern of triangular-cut diamond and lapis lazuli ‘scales’. Punctuated by three spectacular sapphire cabochons, the necklace seductively coils around a fourth and ends in a fifth sapphire (and diamond) drop.

Cartier’s Water Aspis necklace is an abstract interpretation of the twisting form of a snake

Another reptile, an iguana, is rendered as a geometric lattice of pavéd diamonds and emeralds, representing its textured skin. Three striking Colombian emeralds weighing 43.45 carats form the centre of the piece, each with a slightly pointed four-sided cut to evoke the reptile’s dorsal spines.

Other creatures (Zebras, butterflies) are transformed into simplified patterns of contrasting coloured gems for precious necklaces, earrings and a brooch, while a capsule collection of seven one-of-a-kind cocktail rings – each crafted around a different dazzling gemstone – symbolise everything from the beauty of an ammonite fossil from the depths of the ocean to the formation of a geological crystal. The breadth of Cartier’s latest bejewelled vision is strikingly broad, true, but it’s also undeniably brilliant.

Cartier’s new Beautés du Monde collection includes seven one-of-a-kind cocktail rings

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