Cartier’s Coloratura high jewellery collection is a symphony in colour
The world’s most vibrant and artistic cultures are the inspiration behind Coloratura, Cartier’s kaleidoscopic magnum opus.
There’s a reason Cartier is known as the king of jewellers – who else could so effortlessly combine the most precious gems with more unusual stones to capture the spirit of a culture? The maison’s latest haute joaillerie collection, Coloratura, is a bravura performance in more than 200 one-of-a-kind creations that celebrate the diversity of our world. Through colour, it weaves a story between festive moments across borders, from Asia and Africa to Eastern Europe.
The rich palette is made possible by the off-beat pairings that have become a Cartier signature in the 21st century. As the interests of high jewellery customers grow beyond the traditional four gems – diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires – new colours are unlocked. Take, for example, the Holika ring. The bubbling beads of lime-bright chrysoberyl and aqua-blue tourmaline, crowned with a 15.05-carat rich, red rubellite, perfectly capture the vivid powders and collective spirit of India’s Holi festival.
Jacqueline Karachi and her high jewellery design team have also found new takes on classic Cartier colour combinations. The green and black of the early 20th century gets a lighter, fresher look in the Matsuri suite, where mint tourmaline and rainbow-toned opal assume the traditional role of emeralds. Chevrons of onyx and diamonds create a trompe l’oeil effect of volume and depth, reminiscent of the paper lanterns found at festivals across Asia.
Twenty-two baroque emeralds from Afghanistan – 199.02 carats in total – were the initial inspiration for the Chromaphonia necklace. Its pink spinel, mandarin garnet and turquoise accents provide a dazzling contrast to the onyx and diamond woven throughout, recalling the skirts worn by women in Hungary to folk festivals.
Japan’s cherry blossom season is reimagined as bubble gum-pink morganite, tourmaline and pink sapphires, with an iridescent opal, in Yoshino, a tribute to hanami (flowerwatching picnics) in a ring.
As an homage to the Dogon people of Mali and Burkina Faso, their fringed ceremonial attire is recreated in strings of spinel beads, meticulously matched in hue and size, and baguette-cut diamonds. The Kanaga suite also features triangle-shaped diamonds in a nod to the peoples’ geometric wooden masks.
While each of the handcrafted pieces in Coloratura is a work of art, together the collection proves that Cartier is high jewellery’s undisputed master of colour.