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At 13, rue de la Paix in Paris, the temple of jewellery
renowned for its fabulous bestiary decided to let itself
be tamed for a late summer’s afternoon. The chic,
intimate elegance of Cartier became immediately
apparent from the entrance. This is one of the
house’s historic sites, dating back to 1889, andwas
completely renovated in 2003 to double the size of
the space. On the street-facing side of the building,
we stopped to admire the superb gallery of lounges
designed to showcase the high jewellery creations.
Upon arriving in the heart of the boutique our eyes
are drawn to the six glass-windowed floors above,
three of which are home to the Holy Grail: the Cartier
workshop. Even the shortest visit is a true privilege.
A blend of talents
After you pass through the two security airlocks, calm
and serenity reign supreme in the space. Some 20
artisans sit in two rows facing each other, with some
of them listening to music with headphones. Each
one is bent over a leather-covered dowel, performing
the most meticulous, subtle and complex movements
needed to create the extreme sophistication that
defines Cartier jewellery. “Some 150 exceptional
pieces are created here every year. Some require
between 1,000 and 3,000 hours of work each.
The team is made up of irreplaceable trades, with
skilled artisans working in a very strict order in close
collaboration with the designer”, says Pierre Rainero,
the Cartier Director of Style, Image andHeritage.
Everything begins with an idea, a desire to use a certain
material, shape or colour. From the initial sketches
to the final, colour design (drawn to scale), the full
inspiration is focused on the precious stones that make
up the key element of each piece. The jeweller then
transposes the original model onto a block of wax.
For the bestiary pieces, green wax models facilitate
the sculptor’s task when it comes to reflecting an
expression or the illusion of amoving animal.
Once the gold has been cast, the artisan uses delicate
tool to hollow out the cavities that will alter house
the gemstones, refining the jewellery’s morphology
with a technique called openwork. “The art of
the jeweller’s profession is inmaking the metal
and the framework disappear to showcase the
stones. Their intelligent movements give the piece
its identity and its soul”, says Pierre Rainero,
facet of femininity
The gem cutter then takes over. During our visit
he was cutting a sublime, 40-carat diamond to
be used in the crest of a diadem. An emotionally
charged experience. Under his expert fingers, the
rubies on a panther bracelet come to life and are
transformed into fur. The addition of a sapphire
lends depth to the gaze of the animal, which
has become the jewellery house’s emblem.
The next stage is undertaken in a backroom.
Two master setters fix the stones in place one by one.
Their exceptional expertise brings out the full force of
the gem’s brilliance, creating a precious harmony.
Throughout the process, each piece is placed in the
expert hands of the polisher, located on the third floor.
Feathers, aluminiumpowder, polishing paste and other
meticulous trade secrets seal the piece’s comfort and
beauty forever. During the final phase – assembling
the different sections of the piece – we were astonished
to witness the magic of the Incantation necklace.
Either adjusted close to the neck similar to a choker or
worn in a wider necklace style, a detachable Ceylan
sapphire is then clipped delicately onto it, and can be
removed to become the centrepiece for a ring! “Multi-
wear jewellery, or the transformation of one piece
of jewellery into several others, has set Cartier apart
since the late 19th century. It embodies – in its own
way – a form of multifaceted, contemporary femininity
in constant movement”, says Pierre Rainero.
The Cartier spirit.
The Jeweller invites us in
Cartier Magicien is the leading luxury house’s new 2016 high
jewellery collection, creating beauty through transformation. Perfect
lines, total control of the design, and technical prowess all combine to
push the limits of the possible. We visited the world’s most renowned jewellery
workshop where the creation of these exceptional pieces implies accepting the ultimate
challenge: bringing the inanimate to life.
1. Collier Incantation collection « Cartier Magicien ».
2. La Panthère ligne emblématique Cartier.
3. Atelier Cartier.
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Vincent Wulveryck © Cartier
Vincent Wulveryck © Cartier