Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Sapphires, rubies and carved emeralds – Tutti Frutti creations are emblematic of the Cartier style, an inspiration that is more alive than ever. It continues to explore the interplay of gemstones, volume and sculpture within each dazzling design, a result of where creativity and jewelry craftsmanship meet.

Origins and influences

 

In 1911, Jacques Cartier undertook his first journey to India where he discovered the technique of carving stones. In the following decade, the Maison created their own carved gemstones with plant-inspired designs. Initially described in Cartier’s registers as “foliage”, this creative genre adopted the name Tutti Frutti in the 1970s and was registered as a trademark by the Maison in 1989. Today it is one of Cartier’s signature styles.

Carved stones

 

Emeralds, rubies and sapphires, carved or sculpted into the shape of leaves, flowers or berries, or cut into fluted beads: these stones, emblematic of traditional Indian jewelry, came to inspire Cartier through never-before-seen color combinations.

The Tutti Frutti Commissions

 

The desire for this unique jewelry spread across the entire world, enchanting a sophisticated clientele who appreciated fashion and the arts, including Lady Mountbatten (1901-1960) and Daisy Fellowes (1890-1962), who was seen as the world’s most elegant women.

From the 1920s to the present day, discover the Tutti Frutti style through eight iconic creations

Cartier's savoir-faire: the quest to continually go further

 

For Tutti Frutti creations, the journey from a sketch to the realized object represents the first challenge. This stage entails numerous unknown elements and requires minute adjustments, sometimes even re-conceptions. Another unique challenge to Tutti Frutti is that the carved stones must never overlay each other. The jeweler's design and create fine, custom, invisible and light armatures that are affixed to the back of the necklace like metal lace. For adjustable pieces, the modularity requires the use of ingenious constructions which are entirely undetectable. Cartier's savoir-faire is the result of constant exchanges between designers, jewelers and engineers; it is developed through unexpected encounters and brought to life by a process of evolutions.