Cartier’s new fine jewelry collection appeals to the sixth sense
Combining textures, colors and materials in new and unusual ways, Cartier has created a group of fine jewelry that challenges the senses. The Sixth Sense (Sixth Sense) collection uses geometric patterns, contrasting textures, and other visual patterns to create seven necklaces and rings that feature optical illusions and graphic design themes.
Among the seven pieces in this collection, this optical illusion and geometric device are best defined with the Meride necklace. Onyx, diamonds and rock crystal in a checkerboard pattern presents itself as an endless 3D graphic.
The Pixelage Necklace is described by Cartier as a “stylized play on the feline’s coat”, evoking the famous Panthère de Cartier, used in its jewelry and watches for over 100 years. As the name suggests, it could also be designed as a pixelated image of the iconic cat motif. The polished onyxes evoke the marbling of the fur, while the white, yellow and orange diamonds represent the thickness of the skin, with its golden reflections underlined by three gold topazes totaling 27.34 carats.
Precious materials remain important to Cartier, as indicated by the Phaan ring, which features an 8.20-carat ruby that sits directly above a 4.01-carat rose-cut diamond that intensifies the hue of the ruby when the light passes through. Triangular diamonds and cabochon rubies surround the main gemstones and other diamonds are paved on the shank of the ring.
Meanwhile, the Parhelia ring is centered with a 21.51 carat sapphire cabochon surrounded by five radiating diamond semicircles that unfold on either side of the center stone. The width of the ring spans three fingers. A touch of black lacquer creates shadow effects to reinforce the impression of movement in the ring. The extensions represent both the illusory techniques of the theme of the new collection, and represent the Art Deco past of the Parisian jewelry house. The green, white and blue color scheme specifically refers to the famous Cartier peacock pattern. In addition, the ring is transformative as the extensions are detachable and can be worn as brooches.
The only fully diamond piece in the collection is the Coruscant necklace combining six different shapes (kite, octagonal, emerald, triangle, baguette and brilliant) of flawless D and E color diamonds. Each cut and arrangement of the long necklace is designed to reflect light from a different angle. Three stones stand out from the rest: a 3-carat kite, a 1.62-carat octagon and a 1.54-carat emerald-shaped diamond. The graphic effect of the Art Deco motif extends to the neckline in a repeated motif.
Geometry plays an important role again with the Sharkara necklace balancing straight lines, curves, squares and spheres. Unlike many pieces in the collection, this necklace uses similar pink hues for its expression through the use of colored tourmalines and sapphires.
This similar color technique is fully on display with the Alaxoa necklace, using a cascade of emeralds with just a hint of white diamonds.