Cartier Beautés du Monde: Architecture of Light

by Pressroom

Cartier’s luminous haute joaillerie collection incites wanderlust at its most elevated.

Cartier’s savoir-faire with the architecture of light based on the ingenious interplay of precious stones has long been a distinguishing feature of their coveted high jewellery collections.

Its newest Beautés du Monde collection is a masterclass in such a style: think sinuous reptilian scales of painstakingly hand-set pavé diamonds; a geometric Chinese puzzle revealing a kaleidoscopic ring with a rare green diamond at its heart; a stylised ruby water-lily set using the Maison’s “trembling” setting, or en tremblant mounting, for distinct flashes of life.

Celebrating the grand beauty of the world, and the journeys undertaken to witness it, this collection draws from various elements of the natural world – animal, plant and mineral.

The jewels featured this year run the gamut from rare and delicate to bold and fiery – green diamonds given their pale, homogenous hue by millions of years of natural radiation; large Australian opals flecked with fire and ice; luminous Columbian emeralds.

Everything lies in the design, the precision of the lines and the balance of the shapes. The combination of different cuts is a Maison signature, as is the interplay of full and empty spaces set against the brilliance of the stones.

Images courtesy of Cartier, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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