The diamond is the queen of stones at Cartier, who brings to life complex creations, paved with exceptional stones. Mastery of jewellery design and a repertoire of the most opulent cuts set Cartier apart from the rest.
PIECES FROM THE LATEST COLLECTION
Thanks to its purity and clarity, diamond lends itself to all interplays of light, diffraction and refraction. The Maison’s signature lies in the virtuoso of its artisans and the choice of settings, cuts and shapes that form these exceptional gems.
STYLE AND HERITAGE
This is the total weight of the Maharajah Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala’s ceremonial necklace, composed of 2,930 diamonds. An extraordinary commission from 1928, it was created around an exceptional yellow diamond of 234.49 carats, presented in Paris in 1889 during the Universal Exhibition. It was the largest necklace ever made by Cartier at the time.
WHEN COLOUR BECOMES LIGHT
In the 1930s, the Maharajah of Nawanagar gave Jacques Cartier an extraordinary blue-tinted white diamond of more than 130 carats for mounting on an original creation. Cartier then designed a ceremonial necklace showcasing a series of coloured diamonds. Pink, blue, and even a very rare green diamond feature in a vibrant interplay of colours.
Monochrome partitions are set off by an incredibly rich palette. Pink, red, grey, blue, green... For over a century and a half, Cartier has enriched diamonds in every colour of the rainbow. Its designs emphasise subtle nuances, enhance the intensity of reflection and play with contrasts in light.
AN ARRAY OF CUTS
Purity, clarity, sparkle: beyond its rigorous selection criteria, Cartier stands out for its choice of uniquely shaped and cut diamonds. Troïdia, shield, kite... Oftentimes ancestral and rare in High Jewellery, these stones are imbued with a mysterious aura. Jewellers like to blend them with other more classic cuts – pear, cushion, square... – to achieve the most lustrous effect.
THE BAGUETTE CUT
Synonymous with Cartier style, the baguette cut describes a slender rectangular shaped diamond with a flat top. It was introduced at Cartier around 1910 and became particularly popular during the Art Deco period. Its geometric and rhythmic appearance align with the jeweller’s taste for sleek lines.