Lynn Yaeger Gets Up Close With the Water Snake Necklace and Other Temptations at Cartier’s High Jewelry Presentation

It turns out that the lover you see in each and every stereotype of a dancing senorita is not just a cliché—it is 107 degrees the day I get there in Madrid, people are waving these matters on the street, and there is even one particular in my place at the Four Seasons, where by I am keeping since I am on a Cartier higher jewellery excursion to Spain! Which usually means I get to keep in hotels I could only walk by in my authentic life—or probably end in for a consume (if an individual else is having to pay).

In any case it is sizzling in this article, but who cares? Soon following we get there a auto will take us to a constructing termed The Embassy, a Brutalist edifice from the 1960s that Cartier has restored. We have lunch below, in what I believe is a pop-up cafe Cartier has opened for a single day only, and then we go upstairs to see the jewels, which is the true motive we are in city, nevertheless in my scenario there are also visions of antiques in the Ramblas and espadrille shopping dancing driving my eyes.

Superior jewellery suggests only a single of each and every had been made, or as we like to say in retail, once it’s marketed, it’s marketed. What would I purchase if I experienced the probability? Perfectly, possibly the blue-and-white Water Snake necklace, a serpent that wraps the neck with five cabochon Ceylon sapphires, a 4.49 carat diamond, and a myriad of other diamonds and lapis lazuli. Or Tepoz, a assortment that consists of the most impressive bracelet of white gold Mozambique rubies and a surfeit of diamonds, and that turns out to be a wristwatch. I am deeply captivated to a dressing-table box of rock crystal whose lid is comprised of white gold, onyx, diamonds, and rubies (the top rated lifts off to come to be a brooch—it’s functional!) And then there is the Panthere Erindi, an simple wacky triumph—when was the final time you saw polka dots of onyx suspended in rock crystal, alongside with almost 10 carats of rectangular Columbian emeralds?

A dressing-table box of rock crystal whose lid is comprised of white gold, onyx, diamonds, and rubies, the leading of which lifts off to turn into a brooch. Photo: Courtesy of Cartier

Lucas Horenburg