You are always promised something truly unique when Cartier release a new high jewellery collection. This Coloratura collection does not disappoint. It completely affirms Cartiers vision of style, reinventing some traditional pieces for the modern day wearer. I was enamoured with the collection from the moment I saw it. Not only the vibrant colours of the stones, but the colour ways are so original its like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Coloratura is a word mostly associated with Opera singing. Describing how an operatic singer would elaborately perform a vocal melody. The Italian word, when used in English, literally meaning ‘colouring’, perfectly describes the way a singer would add trills, runs and wide leaps within their melody. It such a dynamic word, that I can almost imagine the sound of it in my head. A sound of a soprano reaching such wonderfully high notes is incredible, however when a singer can add a little Coloratura to a repertoire it add that little something special, even magical, to the piece. I think then so aptly Cartier have used it to name this collection. It’s that little something extra, a little unexpected, that astounds you.
I’ve always adored the colour Red. It’s such a intense colour and has long been used by Emperors and Warriors clothing as it exudes such power when worn. It’s also associated with passion, love and desire. When presented with a red Cartier box, you subconsciously know that you had been given something of great value and significance. Red has been used by Cartier throughout its great history and thanks to their strong connection to Indian princes, they have designed and created some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery with the precious stone, Ruby.
The Kanaga Necklace is the most stunning cascade of spinels with intermittent flashes of white diamonds. I can feel the sublte inspiration of an African princess, as I imagine myself wearing it overlooking the great Serengeti as the sun sets. It really evokes a lot of energy and passion.
Green and Blue
I love the calm and serenity of the combination that green and blue create. I think together they symbolise harmony, the earth and the sky. A happy and content pairing. The freshness of lusciously green grass and the awesomeness of a bright blue summer sky. One cannot simply exist without the other. I find this terribly romantic. The wonderful different shades of blue the great Ocean can create, from the deepest blue to crystal clear azure. I do find blue to be very balancing and good for the soul.
The Panthére Impérieuse Necklace and earrings are simply breathtaking. The earrings consist of two sapphire drops from Burma. Designed with brilliant cut diamonds, emerald and sapphire beads these truly are remarkable. The Panthére Impérieuse Necklace showcases one cabochon-cut sapphire. I think this is the most dazzling of pairings, worn together would ensure all eyes were on you.
Green and Black
The pairing of green and black I think makes an elegant, yet moody duo. For many years these colours were not used together as black was deemed to dark to be paired with the youthfulness and freshness of green. However in later years painters saw the beauty in the purity of blackness combined with the allure of green. I think these colours are effortlessly chic and really luxurious when paired together. They make me think of the deepest black velvet and the most vibrant green, truly beautiful.
The Amravati Necklace is an exquisite masterpiece. One intricately carved emerald from Zambia take centre stage of this Necklace. Encased by diamonds and onyx makes the emerald really stand out. This piece really showcases the talent of the Cartier team, a truly unique design that you would treasure for a lifetime.
Green and Red
I love how the calming nature of green can soothe a fiery red. This is the colour-way of the yin and yang, seemingly opposites may actually be complimentary. Individually both strong colours, yet somehow they have a mutual adoration for each other. I think green and red are a rich, powerful and energetic duo.
The Mavra Ring is spectacular. I am in love with the Art Deco-inspired setting holding a dazzling orangey red coral bead. The emeralds, onyx and diamonds are sensational next to the ravishingly red coral. This is the ultimate in cocktail rings. I can just imagine sipping on a Martini partying the night away at an infamous Gatsby party in 1920’s New York.
Credit : Coloratura Collection by Cartier.
Photo Credit :
1. Holika Ring – Vincent Wulveryck ©️ Cartier
2.Kangara Necklace – Bernard Lagacé & Lysandre Le Cléac’h ©️ Cartier
3. Panthére Impérieuse Necklace – Vincent Wulveryck ©️ Cartier
4. Panthére Impérieuse Earrings – Vincent Wulveryck ©️ Cartier
5. Matsuri Ring – Bernard Lagacé & Lysandre Le Cléac’h ©️ Cartier
6. Amravati Necklace – Bernard Lagacé & Lysandre Le Cléac’h ©️ Cartier
7. Orienphonie Wristwatch – Bernard Lagacé & Lysandre Le Cléac’h ©️ Cartier
8. Mavra Ring – Vincent Wulveryck ©️ Cartier