High Jewellery Week: Cartier Magnitude spotlights a collision of the precious and ornamental
Power & Flair
High jewellery is so called because it conventionally uses only the most precious materials such as gold and platinum, and typically, only the Big Four in precious gems: Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. But in recent times, a number of the world's best jewellers, Cartier included, have begun featuring other stones such as Paraiba tourmalines, opals, tanzanites, spinels, agate and more. And the French maison continues farther down this trajectory with its latest HJ collection named Magnitude.
Launched in London where the Brutalist architecture of 180 The Strand provided the unusual but refreshing backdrop, Magnitude is about the collision of materials the likes of which has never been seen in high jewellery making. Diamonds, the king of stones, commingle with rutilated quartz; a fancy conversation between sapphire and matrix opal; emeralds and rock crystal bring out each other's natural beauty; pink diamonds form a trio with morganite and coral... It's a gemstone carnival out here.
We love how the Cartier Magnitude collection is not about itself, yet it also is. And Magnitude so brilliantly nudges us to take a good look at the soul of every stone, to contemplate its opacity and transparency, the mineral and the precious, pure colours and shimmering nuances. There's so much to process that these creations aren't mere jewellery pieces but rather, symbols or vessels of an artistic message.