There is no better place to become inspired to create than the beauty of your own backyard. That is just what the designers at Cartier did for expanding its Paris Nouvelle Vague Collection. The architecture and surroundings of the world’s most artistic and romantic city provided inspiration for the new additions to the collection.
The pieces were designed to be more in keeping with lifestyles of today’s highly fashion conscious women. The city of Paris provided much inspiration to create pieces that are classical and elegant, yet at the same time daring and whimsical. The late thirties style of architecture of the Palais de Chaillot across from the Eiffel tower is the inspiration for some of the jewelry.
An interpretation of the Ferris wheel in the Tuileries is presented in a pair of circular earrings featuring blue lapis and green chrysoprase. A wave design studded with brilliant diamonds mimics the calm flow of the meandering Seine River. The sparkle and excitement of the fireworks on Bastille Day is seen in explosions of gold beads.
A delicate yellow-gold bracelet is a mass of intertwining circular swirls that are distinctly reminiscent of Paris architecture. The swirls are embedded with diamonds while shimmering pearls are strategically placed all around the bracelet’s surface.
Black enamel, yellow gold and rows of diamonds line up to create the bold and daring look of Paris’s dazzling nightlife. Some of the pieces have a charming filigree-look that resembles a delicate fleur-de-lis.
Pierre Rinero, Cartier’s director of image, style and heritage wanted to bring new features to Cartier jewelry and decided that the City of Light was just the fodder needed. He explains, “It’s in our very nature to be strongly rooted in Paris. This is the capital of fine jewelry. It’s the only place in the world where you will find, historically, this unique savoir faire.