Following appearances in London and Paris, Cartier's new Magnitude jewelry exhibition landed in Shanghai on September 6. Over 400 pieces of fine jewelry and watches, including the new Magnitude fine jewelry series, have dazzled the Bund with an amazing gem-filled event.
As the name suggests, Magnitude is all about representing the infinite powers of time and nature and celebrating the miraculous creation of raw stones and gems from crystal to beryl to opal. These gems not only display their unique mineral characteristics but also have amazing ornamental value.
The new Cartier Magnitude jewelry series is comprised of a range of stunning works of art. The Panthere Attentive necklace is inspired by white-speckled petrified wood reminiscent of cheetah fur. The crystals are made of deep underground rutile and quartz.
Cartier’s Lyrides necklace was inspiring from a Russian ballet in 1909. The blue green color is befitting for the water droplets which are 23.41 carat Sri Lankan sapphire. The necklace also features 86 sapphire nib, Zambia emerald, black onyx and diamonds. Each element is arranged to represent a light-filled meteor shower.
The Laksmi necklace boasts three, richly-colored octagonal tourmaline gemstones. Against the background of diamonds, the tourmaline and black onyx present a gorgeous contrast, presenting Cartier's classic red and black color.
Indra jewelry watches are made of Afghan emeralds, gourd-shaped Burmese rubies and carved sapphires, showing the Tutti Frutti style, which is inspired by 1920s India. The watches are embellished with diamonds that remind people of drops of precious stones falling on intricate branches and leaves.
The exhibition features different themes: the ‘Origins’ of plants and animals series, the ‘Tradition’ Cartier collection of antiques series, and the ‘Haute Horlogerie’ series of advanced watchmaking. Each series highlights the traditions of Cartier's classic style while presenting the beauty of gems.
Cartier also invited a master artisan of a fine jewelry workshop in Paris to come to the exhibition and hold a master class. The master artisan demonstrated the intricate methods of working with gemstones of different shapes that are used in the iconic Tutti Frutti pieces. In the master class, the master craftsman guided guests to experience the process of carving gemstones, making wax molds, creating detailed flowers and leaves and more.
This is the first time Cartier has invited Chinese guests to personally experience the creation of fine jewelry.
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