Pretty, prickly things: The Cactus de Cartier collection

Pretty, prickly things: The Cactus de Cartier collection


Text: Angelyn Kwek

You will never look at the unassuming cactus the same way again

It's a widely circulated fact but one that we feel needs pointing out again: The ingenuity of Cartier truly knows no bounds. Under the maison's artistic purview, even the most innocuous objects, and plant life, become haute joaillerie. Case in point, the edgy Juste un Clou and now the new Cactus de Cartier.

Cactus de Cartier

A collection inspired by the thorny succulent, each stunning cacti piece breaks away from traditional floral jewellery — there are no frothy, fluttery petals to be found here. Utterly irreverent and electrifying, the spiny thorns are the leitmotif of the Cactus de Cartier, budding in dense clusters that form a ball-shaped crown resembling a coronet of glittering needles so alike its organic counterpart. And emphasising its prickly charm are profusions of diamonds in flower settings, adding a touch of shimmering tactility to the pieces, be it rings, earrings or pendant necklaces. Cast in pink and yellow gold, and finished in alternating veneers between shiny and matte, the Cactus de Cartier is the punchy botanical parure you're totes going to tack on your lustlist (right after the Cartier Love bracelet, of course).

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