Bright rays of sunlight twinkle across the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean, its waves crashing onto the sandy beaches and ochre-hued rocks that stretch across the French Riviera. This bounty of inspiration, a landscape teeming with natural beauty at all hours, is captured by Cartier’s new high jewelry collection, Étourdissant Cartier.
Playing between light and shadow, the collection explores the dynamism of the Riviera in the daylight and after the sun goes down. The most magnificent stones have been selected for the jewels, which transform light into awe-inspiring spectacles. The classic quartet of precious gems – diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies – mix and mingle with their colorful contemporaries – opals, corals, tanzanites, garnets and chrysoprases. Together, these gems paint the sleepless spirit of this historic coastline, its vibrant life dazzling at all hours, in the stunning creations of this new collection.
Cartier rejuvenates its iconic tutti frutti designs to evoke the indigenous flora of the Riviera. A cocktail ring sprouts bright sapphire, verdant emerald and orange garnet carved leaves that juxtapose brilliantly the opals and diamonds strewn amongst the foliage. Like the sky’s fiery hues at sunset, the Eté Indien Bracelet pays homage to the sun’s daily farewell with a 24.91-carat Ethiopian white opal set among a sea of carved garnets, mandarin garnets, tsavorite garnets. In a more traditional tutti frutti style, the Hyderabad Headband adapts the magnificent fringe design of the Collier Hindou. The headband, which can also be worn as a bracelet or a choker, dangles sapphire and emerald leaves with graduated ruby drops from a single diamond and ruby-studded stem. At the headband’s center is a 18.23-carat carved Colombian emerald.
The showstopper of the collection, however, is the Romanov Bracelet featuring a staggering 197.80-carat Ceylon sapphire: