London was abuzz with various fashion extravaganzas recently—fashion-week shows, parties and exhibits attracted the crowds in full force. However, one London event last month was a restricted, very exclusive show held by Cartier. Invitees were primarily their biggest buyers and very few media personalities, including Maharani Gayatri Devi and Bipasha Basu (who walked the ramp), from India. It was a show to profile Cartier’s latest High Jewellery Collection, inspired by Cartier’s long association with India—“magical jewels that look to India with its ceremonial necklaces, rows of trimmings, girandoles, arm bracelets and the stones, predominantly engraved, ribbed and cut in the Jaipur style, reflecting the authenticity and truth of an enduring and unique skill.”
As the bridal season approaches, and if you’re inspired by Cartier, you should be raiding your mother’s locker. You know, the stuff she put away after her wedding; stuff which, every time she offered it to you, you scoffed at as old-fashioned and not very chic? Well, Cartier has interpreted them, and each piece is breathtaking.
Cartier reintroduces heavy pieces like this one with ribbed emeralds, engraved rubies, brilliants and sapphires
One of the most creative and outstanding pieces in the collection is a platinum necklace with multicoloured clusters of fruit, flowers and palms made from ribbed emeralds, engraved rubies and sapphire beads among emeralds, sapphires and brilliants. Another piece that I could not stop looking at was a platinum necklace adorned with chrysoberyl beads and sprinkled with brown diamonds, clasped together by an 18.88 carat cushion-cut rubellite and brilliants.
But the piece de résistance was the show-stopper—a splendid diamond necklace with a 63.66 carat pear-cut diamond and a 12.83 carat brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by rows of diamonds.
Not everyone can wear jewellery made for a maharani, but being an Indian, this collection will surely tug at your heart, if not your purse strings. I wore a very modern pair of diamond chandelier earrings to the show but spent all evening mentally raiding my mom’s collection from her wedding. Upon my return, I retrieved a platinum necklace with an intricate design of sapphires and diamonds strung together in weaves, with a pair of matching earrings. Years ago, I had removed this very set from my trousseau for being too old-fashioned. It now sparkles so beautifully, I feel like royalty.
While Cartier has given an even more mystical edge to the jewellery India has always been known for, it is us Indians who really wear it well. So, definitely focus on your jewels this season—they should be an integral part of your look!
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