To celebrate its latest high jewelry collection, Beautés du Monde, Cartier has chosen an unexpected location for the unveiling.
The Parisian jeweler traveled to Madrid, Spain to show off his exceptional gems. The reason? This year marks the centenary of the homeThe city’s first jewelry exhibition was held at the Ritz in November 1922. But its ties to the country date back even further to 1904, when King Alfonso XIII appointed Cartier the official jewelry supplier to the Spanish aristocracy.
To this day, the royal family and the Spanish nobility still collect the brand’s products. At Madrid’s Palacio de Liria, one of the city’s largest private residences and home to the Dukes of Berwick and Alba and their families, is an impressive array of Cartier watches and clocks. This includes classics like the Bathtub, the company’s famous desk clocks from the Belle Epoque period and even small Art Deco objects.
As a result of this lasting connection, the Palacio de Liria opened its doors to host its first public event for Cartier VVIP clients, the press and celebrities such as Vanessa Kirby, Yara Shahidi and Jisoo (the Korean singer and actress behind the hugely popular K-pop girl group, Black Pink), to name a few. Guests were treated to a classy evening that included a lavish cocktail and dinner in the gardens, as well as a private tour of the residence’s first floor that included a unique tour of the families’ impressive private collection. of works by Rubens, Titian, Goya, Greco and Rembrandt that would rival any world-class museum. Beneath the priceless art and immaculately maintained gilded ceilings were tables and desks carefully arranged with precious objects and intimate, modern family photos – an experience akin to a private tour of the Queen’s Quarters at Buckingham Palace.
Despite the opulent surroundings and high-powered crowd, the gems remained the stars of the affair. At another event at the former British Embassy in Madrid, Spain, unused since 2009 and which the company totally reinvented for the occasion, Cartier presented 97 breathtaking new creations. With such a sprawling array of jewelry, one imagines that guests invited to attend this grand event had some rather tough buying decisions on their plate. There was hardly a piece on display that wouldn’t leave even the most jaded tongue wagging. In fact, Cartier hardly needed a courtly cadre to convey the message that these pieces were meant for modern royalty, both literally and figuratively.
Here are some of our favorite pieces, including a selection of refurbished vintage pieces that were also up for grabs – a slice of Cartier’s jewelry business that the brand says it intends to expand.
Dodone Cartier necklace
A white gold necklace set with 5 oval-shaped Ethiopian emeralds totaling 86.92 carats surrounded by round-shaped emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Cartier Ritual Necklace
A white gold necklace set with 25 oval-shaped Mozambique rubies totaling 23.27 carats, chalcedony beads, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Cartier Recif Necklace
A platinum necklace set with a 17.20 carat cabochon cut emerald from Zambia, a melon cut emerald, coral beads, cabochon cut emeralds and amethysts and brilliant cut diamonds.
Cartier Iwana necklace
A platinum necklace set with 3 hexagonal cabochon cut emeralds from Colombia totaling 43.31 carats, hexagonal and round shaped emeralds and rose and brilliant cut diamonds.
Cartier Trichodome Suite
A white gold secret watch with three cabochon cut rubellites totaling 17.75 carats, a 3.08 carat D IF diamond, a 0.30 carat D VVS2 diamond, opals, onyx and brilliant cut diamonds with a quartz movement and a matching white gold ring with a 10.06 carat cabochon cut rubellite, a 1.50 carat D VVS1 rhombus diamond, onyx opals and brilliant cut diamonds.
A white gold necklace with 7 cabachon cut rubellites totaling 59.56 carats, a 4.22 carat E VVS1 lozenge diamond, opals, onyx, lozenge diamonds and brilliant cut diamonds.
A pair of white gold earrings set with four cabochon-cut rubellites totaling 15.47 carats, 2 D VS1/VS2 lozenge diamonds totaling 0.90 carats, opals, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.
A platinum ring set with a 4.96 carat cabochon-cut Paraiba-type tourmaline from Mozambique, emeralds, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Cartier Apatura Necklace and Earrings
A platinum necklace set with 3 cabochon-cut Australian opals totaling 21.86 carats, a cushion-cut East African orange sapphire of 2.58 carats, baguette-cut colored sapphires, sapphire beads and diamond-cut diamonds. bright. The pendant detaches to be worn as a brooch.
A pair of platinum earrings with 2 cabochon cut Australian opals totaling 2.04 carats, baguette cut colored sapphires, sapphire pearls and brilliant cut diamonds.
Nishin de Cartier necklace
A white gold necklace with 4 oval shaped colored sapphires from Madagascar totaling 14.56 carats, pink diamond and colored sapphire beads, sapphires, onyx and brilliant cut diamonds
A selection of refurbished vintage pieces from Cartier:
Mod before its time, this Cartier geometric ring in 18 carat gold set with platinum and diamonds was created in 1942.
Simple, yet elegantly striking, this 1931 onyx bead necklace is accented with touches of diamonds set in platinum.
Remember when perfume bottles looked like this? Neither do we, but we’re glad their existence remains well-preserved at a time when they’ve become a real rarity. Cartier also offers objects like this 1925 Cartier Paris perfume bottle set with yellow gold, platinum, enamel, agate, citrine, fluorite crystal, moonstone, nephrite, ruby and diamonds.