Cartier has always had a passion for the world and its cultures. China, Russia, India, the Middle East, Africa... For over a century, Cartier's records have featured a whole host of territories. This taste for curiosity is the legacy of a long lineage that is more contemporary than ever.
CARTIER AND RUSSIA
The discovery of Russia around 1900 was an important phase in Cartier's stylistic odyssey; better still, an encounter. This tiara is a contemporary version of the Kokochnik, a traditional Russian head ornament.
CARTIER AND THE RUSSIAN INFLUENCE
CARTIER AND INDIA: TUTTI FRUTTI
After visiting in 1911, Jacques Cartier brought back new savoir-faire from India, the grandeur of regal ceremonies, and a taste for engraved stones. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds sculpted in the shape of leaves, buds, and berries: Tutti Frutti, created in the 1920s, is emblematic of Cartier. A style whose vitality is reflected today in multiple explorations on the play of volume, colour, and form.
THE TUTTI FRUTTI STYLE
CARTIER AND ISLAMIC ART
As an early and dedicated collector of Islamic art, it was through these influences Louis Cartier opened a door to abstraction. Pure lines, geometric markings, this inspiring encounter opens the way to modernity. Cartier invented a new stylistic vocabulary that now impacts all contemporary creations. As demonstrated by this tiara from 1923.
CARTIER AND THE ROAD TO THE MIDDLE EAST
CARTIER AND ASIA
At the dawn of the 20th century, Cartier discovered the richness of the Asian continent: ideograms, myths and precious materials such as lacquer, jade or coral. In 2018, Japan inspired jewellers to create a necklace that can be transformed into a bracelet. Based on the Maison's emblematic chromatic harmony - black, red and white - the diamond is enhanced with coral and onyx.
CARTIER AND AFRICA
Cartier regularly pays tribute to Africa, a territory of inspiration full of rich aesthetic vocabulary. An encounter that paves the way for stylised or abstract creative explorations of drawing and materials. On the studded edges of the spinel beads, this necklace showcases two orangey pink spinels totalling 7.58 carats, two G triangular step-cut diamonds totalling 8.39 carats.