Earlier this month, in an extraordinary villa in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera, Cartierpresented its new high jewellery collection Etourdissant (literally “dazzling” or “stunning”), along with examples of the maison’s fine jewellery and archival pieces. High jewellery is supposed to be particularly special – one of a kind pieces that pay tribute to a maison’s heritage but are entirely singular and never to be repeated.
The Etourdissant collection couldn’t be more true to the concept. Rather than running with a motif, Cartier has simply taken the most dazzling materials and created mesmerisingly beautiful jewels.
But it wasn’t all about the four most precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. There were exquisite examples where the starring gem was, for instance, a pale, glowing opal from Ethopia. Cartier once again demonstrates that its craftsmen can create these extraordinary pieces out of such an array of materials – from huge, important sapphires with a royal past, to tiny garnet beads named for the coffee beans their shape evokes.
Adapted from The Telegraph Luxury