Founded in 1847, French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier is known for its magnificent haute joaillerie creations bedecked with diamonds and precious stones. Dubbed “the jeweller of kings and king of jewellers”, it has an impressive history of royal patronage, with clients such as Grace Kelly the Princess of Monaco and King Edward VII — who famously ordered 27 glittering tiaras in 1904.
In celebration of its rich heritage and legacy, Cartier has launched Le Diamant Cartier, an ongoing showcase of its most gorgeous and iconic designs. The exhibition is held at the brand’s Ngee Ann City boutique, which was previously under renovation.
Highlights include sparkling pieces from the Cartier Magicien collection, which was launched worldwide last month. These range from the Merveilleux earrings studded with fancy yellow oval-shaped diamonds, pear-shaped diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds, to the Magie Blanche necklace — an exquisite platinum jewel mounted with an eye-popping 20.09-carat light brown diamond joined by tiers of pearls and diamonds.
Also worth checking out is a selection of Cartier’s animal-inspired jewellery, which are crafted in the likeness of birds, serpents and — of course — its iconic panther.
Standout items include the Panthère de Cartier white gold bracelet festooned with emerald eyes, an onyx nose and many diamonds, the Panthère de Cartier earrings dripping with brilliant-cut diamonds, onyx and emeralds, as well as a ring shaped to resemble a panther’s head.
Horlogerie lovers aren’t left out either, with the striking Promenade d’une Panthère watch also on display. It is powered by a calibre 9603 MC movement and has a bold and beautiful dial emblazoned with a diamond-encrusted, lacquer-spotted panther. In a nod to their animal inspiration, the timepiece and jewels are presented against an eye-catching backdrop of a tropical jungle constructed from paper.
Other noteworthy exhibits include an exclusive preview of the upcoming Coup d’éclat de Cartier range, which debuts in October and comprises swirling rings set with scintillating diamonds. There will also be a presentation of Cartier’s LOVE, Trinity, Juste Un Clou and Amulette de Cartier collections.
While the Le Diamant Cartier promises to be quite the visual feast, visitors will also get the opportunity to learn more about the brand’s creation processes and history.
For instance, the show has an educational area about how Cartier selects and incorporates diamonds in its various designs, as well as the stories behind notable clients such as Grace Kelly and American actress Gloria Swanson.
At a dedicated section for Cartier solitaires, guests can find out more about what happens in the Maison’s workshop, and how every item is carefully crafted by a team of five jewellers. There’s also a showcase of the Etincelle de Cartier collection, which comprises elegant diamond rings that can be worn singly or stacked together.
Le Diamant Cartier ends 28 August, 2016.
Cartier, Level 2, Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873, +65 6732 0181, www.cartier.sg