The new collection Sixiéme Sens Par Cartier illustrates the soulfulness particular to high jewellery, an expression of art with the power to move like no other.
An art form with unique emotional power. Caught between surprise and wonder, the gaze is captured, absorbed and lost in the fascinating depths of thousand‑year‑old stones, awakening the most vivid of emotions.
With a stylised feline interpretation, organic textures and shards of coloured light, shimmering gems electrify while stones in flavoursome hues of ripe fruits summon up scents of distant paradises.
Using trompe-l’oeil and graphic patterns, optical illusions and the power of evocation, compositions play with earthly gravity in radiant transfigurations of reality. Quivering in the light, jewels come to life upon contact with the skin.
By challenging our perceptions, this collection leads us into a world of sensory stimulation, as each sense comes alive including the sixth sense: a staggering feeling of emotion that touches the heart.
- PHAAN RING
How do you add to the beauty of an 8.20 carat ruby? How do you enhance that which is already exceptional? Behind the architecture of this ring is a tiered construction that allows a 4.01 carat rose-cut diamond to be inserted directly below the magnificent stone that sits at the top. When the light hits the diamond after first passing through the ruby, its rich red hue is intensified. The structure integrates groups of triangular diamonds while maintaining the ring’s airy appearance. Along with tiny ruby balls, diamonds surround the central stone, arranged with subtle openings to allow them to catch the light, illuminating the ruby.
The contrasts between the different sizes of stones and different hues are amplified by a setting designed to be as inconspicuous as possible.
- MERIDE NECKLACE
Diamonds, onyx and rock crystal form a hypnotic checkerboard on a necklace that seems to be alive with perpetual movement.
The purity of the motif is also its strength. The stones appear to multiply ad infinitum an optical illusion that is made all the more striking by the relief of the piece as each element is mounted at a different level.
Movement, rhythm, and all spatial and temporal references are lost in a precious mosaic of gemstones. The blurring of perspective is complemented by a play of materials and light between mirror-polished metal and graphic black onyx.
As always with Cartier, particular attention has been paid to the back of the piece, which reveals the exact reverse of the front.
- PIXELAGE NECKLACE
This necklace conjures up the familiar image of the panther, so dear to Cartier, borrowing both its markings and symbolic power.
A stylised play on the feline’s coat has been part of Cartier’s artistic bestiary since 1914. Faithful to the original stylisation, here, motifs make up the panther’s spots. 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 captivating golden topazes for a total of 27.34 carats.
Attention to the volume and articulation of the sides allows the construction to respect the vertical geometry of the collar, while preserving its flexibility.
In contact with the skin, the jewel comes alive with all the agility of a feline.
- PARHELIA RING
Blurring visual bearings and confusing perceptions, the magnetism of this ring is irresistible.
At its centre lies a 21.51-carat sapphire cabochon, with an intense blue hue which seems to glow from within. Around it, five parentheses of radiant diamonds and emeralds reflect the light, fanning out like the surface of a lake. Black lacquer creates shadow effects to reinforce the impression of movement, supported by the original width of the ring, which spans three fingers, with slightly mobile tips.
As an ultimate refinement, the motif can be detached and worn as a brooch.
Created at the very beginning of the 20th century, this combination of sapphires and emeralds, named the “peacock motif” by Louis Cartier, is part of the Maison’s emblematic colour palette.
- ALAXOA NECKLACE
The captivating texture and chromatic intensity of this necklace belie the rigorous and precise approach of its inception.
After selecting the emeralds according to their colour and diameter, artisan jewellers carefully considered harmony, symmetry and correct placement in the composition, before assembling using the threading technique—an expertise rooted in the Maison’s savoirfaire which consists of threading the stones on a wire to form strands and fringes. Finally, the strands are linked together by tiny metal bridges, maintaining a fan shape while allowing the fringes to remain mobile.
Once brought together, a perfect drop of emeralds cascades from the throat with the suppleness of a living material, as diamond accents bring a fleeting sparkle to each movement.
- SHARKARA NECKLACE
Playing with variations of the same hue, this necklace brings together tourmalines and coloured sapphires in a rainbow of pinks, illuminated by the bright orange of garnets and the brilliance of diamonds.
With a balance of straight lines and curves, the design of this piece highlights its ample and generous volume. Considered as a whole, the necklace evokes an organic shape, ripe with succulent berries.
Elaborating a colour palette as such requires total gemological mastery, while the discreet tourmaline settings and attention to detail—right down to the shape of the garnets cut to reflect curves of the piece—reveal the workshop’s expertise.
- CORUSCANT NECKLACE
A vibrant testament to the enchanting power of diamonds, this necklace features six different cuts—kite, octagonal, emerald, triangle, baguette and brilliant — certified D IF and E IF, each of which reflects light from a unique angle.
Characterised by rigorous geometry, the necklace is entirely structured by an interplay of lines, with three stones—a kite of 3.00 carats, an octagon of 1.62 carats,
and an emerald of 1.54 carats—emerging from brilliant interlacing to catch the eye.
The chain resembles a tight braid of gemstones, creating a path of light leading to the trio of diamonds. On the outside, brilliant-cut diamonds appear to slip underneath the inclination of the baguettecut diamonds, radiating from the top thanks to the graphical effect of motif repetition.
Emblematic of the maison’s style, the mix of cuts not only amplifies the brilliance of the diamonds but also infuses the overall composition with real rhythm.
As a responsible jeweller, Cartier constantly strives to improve its tradition of excellence and develop its ethical, environmental and social practices and commitments.
Through the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), whose Code of Practice has now been extended to include coloured stones, and the Coloured Gemstones Working Group, Cartier encourages the development of best practice throughout the industry. In addition to applying rigorously controlled internal standards of excellence and quality, the Maison requires its suppliers to adhere to the same responsible practices and encourages and supports their RJC certification. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the House is constantly working to improve its knowledge of the supply chain behind each gemstone it acquires.
GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI: ACTRESS, FRIEND OF THE MAISON
Ambassador of the high jewellery collection Sixiéme Sens Par Cartier.
Born in Tehran, Golshifteh Farahani is an accomplished actress, singer and musician. This multi-hyphenate creative moves with ease between arthouse films and Hollywood productions, spanning the course of her 20-year career. She has made her mark on the red carpet, where she is known for her style and elegance. Her multi-faceted personality makes her the perfect embodiment of Cartier High Jewellery, which draws its inspiration from a diverse and multicultural heritage.