Combining textures, colors and materials in new and unusual ways, Cartier has created a group of high jewels that defy the senses. The collection called, Sixième Sens (sixth sense), uses geometric patterns, contrasting textures and other visual patterns to create seven necklaces and rings that exhibit optical illusions and graphic design themes.
Among the seven pieces in this collection, this optical illusion and geometric device is best defined with the Meride necklace. Onyx, diamonds and rock crystal in a checkerboard pattern presents itself as an endless 3D graphic.
The Pixelage Necklace is described by Cartier as a “stylized play on the feline’s coat,” evoking the famous Cartier Panther, used in its jewels and watches for more than 100 years. Like the name suggests, it also could be conceived as a pixilated image of the iconic cat motif. Polished onyxes evoke the marbling of the fur, while white, yellow and orange diamonds represent the thickness of the pelt, with its golden reflections highlighted by three gold topazes totaling 27.34 carats.
Precious materials remain important to Cartier, as noted by the Phaan ring, which features an 8.20-carat ruby that sits directly above a 4.01 carat rose-cut diamond that intensifies the hue of ruby when light passes through. Triangle-diamonds and cabochon rubies surround the main gems and more diamonds are paved on the shank of the ring.
Meanwhile the Parhelia ring is centered with a 21.51-carat sapphire cabochon surrounded by five semi-circles of radiant diamonds that fan out from each side of the center stone. The width of the ring spans three fingers. A touch of black lacquer creates shadow effects to reinforce the impression of movement in the ring. The extensions represent both the illusionary techniques for the theme of the new collection, and represent the Parisian jewelry house’s Art Deco past. The green, white and blue color palette specifically references the famed Cartier peacock motif. In addition, the ring is transformative as the extensions are detachable and can be worn as brooches.
The one all-diamond piece in the collection is the Coruscant Necklace combining six different shapes (kite, octagonal, emerald, triangle, baguette and brilliant) of D and E colored internally flawless diamonds. Each cut and arrangement in the long necklace are designed to reflect light at a different angle. Three stones standout from the rest: a 3-carat kite, a 1.62-carat octagon, and a 1.54-carat emerald-shaped diamond. The graphic effect of the Art Deco motif extends up the neckline in a repeated motif.
Geometry again plays a strong role with the Sharkara necklace balancing straight lines, curves, squares and spheres. Unlike many of the pieces in the collection, this necklace uses similar pink hues for its expression through the use of tourmalines and colored sapphires.
This similar color technique is on full display with the Alaxoa necklace, using a cascade of emeralds with just a hint of white diamonds.