Go On A Journey With Cartier’s Le Voyage Recommence High Jewellery Collection

Cartier’s latest high jewellery collection goes on an eye-popping jaunt inspired by the maison’s design hallmarks.
by Karen Tee
Cartier Le Voyage Recommence

Photos: Cartier

When it comes to design wizardry and an unparalleled demonstration of bijoux savoir-faire, one can always trust Cartier to deliver. For its latest high jewellery collection, Le Voyage Recommence, the maison goes on a high-octane journey through its own creative hallmarks and design codes, resulting in an extensive collection of over 80 exquisitely crafted pieces of bling.

Instead of adhering to a singular theme, this wide-ranging collection delves into an eclectic array of Cartier’s stylistic keystones, such as geometric lines, chromatic colour palettes, and a celebration of global cultures.

Girih necklace. (Photo: Cartier)

This exploratory spirit can be seen most evidently in the Girih necklace, which offers a graphic interpretation of Islamic art and architecture styles. With a refined interplay of lines, motifs, and symmetry that evoke grand arabesques and the elegant use of Cartier’s blue and green “peacock” colour scheme — seen here in the form of Zambian emeralds and turquoise stones that are cut to measure — this showstopper offers a contemporary take on a beloved aesthetic.

Cartier Le Voyage Recommence

Sama necklace. (Photo: Cartier)

For a high-tech take on precision graphics, check out the Sama necklace, which was created with the use of computer-aided design (CAD) to engineer its three-dimensional structure down to the nearest millimetre. Featuring a swirling series of curves and counter-curves inspired by the robes of whirling dervishes, the necklace is composed around a 19.27-carat Ceylon sapphire, with every tilt and proportion carefully calculated to ensure the necklace sits as close to the skin as possible.

Cartier Le Voyage Recommence

Claustra necklace (Photo: Cartier)

Then there is the Claustra necklace — a masterclass in using a monochromatic palette to dramatic effect. Here, a set of shield diamonds, including a standout 4.02-carat specimen, alternates with onyx and a complex necklace lattice, resulting in a geometrically compelling black-and-white design that the maison popularised in the early 20th century.

This sparkler also conceals another cool Cartier secret; it has been carefully constructed to be separated into two necklaces. With three statement looks for the price of one, that is truly design genius hard at work.

This story originally published on The Peak Singapore.

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