In June 2019, the city saw Cartier’s grand debut with its new premium Magnitude collection. Six important jewels were presented as part of an exhibition of over 500 unique, one-of-a-kind works held at 180 The Strand, the iconic Brutalist-style building in the center. London.
For the collection, artisans have explored Cartier’s legacy in jewelry making and combined them with inspiration from the astronomical world. Objects such as celestial bodies, where precious and semi-precious stones meet and form an unexpected whole, such as used diamonds and quartz, or emeralds and crystals.
In keeping with space designs, the jewels’ names are also named in astronomical terms like Aphélie, meaning the point of orbit where Earth is farthest from the sun. Here are some of the key designs from the new Magnitude collection.
The Théia necklace, first worn by British actress Lily Collins while attending the 2019 Met Gala, has a stunning appearance consisting of seven circular and crystal Colombian emeralds. As an art decoration style, the ring is also studded with diamonds and onyx stones to create a classic beauty. From the skillful hands of the Cartier jewelers, this necklace can be disassembled and worn as a brooch or worn independently.
Another piece of art is a rose-gold Aphélie necklace, a heart shaped golden brown quartz, that emits rays of pink diamonds, coral, morganite, and onyx.
The highlight of the Soreli bracelet is the striking carbon cut quartz, which sparkles and is truly alive when light penetrates its translucent crystal. Interestingly, the stone actually conceals a watch dial underneath, and is only visible when the user presses a small button to open the lid. Above the bracelet, brilliant white diamonds are cleverly arranged to form geometric patterns.