with the intense red ruby from Africa When the craftsmanship matches the idea
— May 1st, 2015 —
A 15.29-carat ruby is the beating heart of a “draperie” necklace designed with a fluidity that can make it intimate or formal, and which tempers its magnificence with a moving sensuality.
Collier Reine Makéda necklace - Platinum, one 15.29-carat oval-shaped ruby from Mozambique, one 3.51-carat D IF rose-cut diamond, one 5.10-carat D IF pear-shaped rose-cut diamond, cabochon-cut and faceted ruby beads, pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds, calibrated diamonds, brilliant-cut diamonds. The chocker ruby part and the diamond part can be worn separately.
For the centre of a “draperie” necklace, Cartier has chosen a 15.29-carat ruby with a very pure crystal accompanied by two exceptional diamonds of more than three carats each. The ruby, glowing like hot embers, radiates all its heat from the centre of this supple, structural necklace, giving it a magnificent allure.
Cartier has softened the solemnity of this ceremonial jewellery with a touch of sensuality, creating a piece that is worn close to the body like a second skin; sumptuous latticework with a serene beauty.
This creation is a celebration of craftsmanship that matches the idea. From behind the perfect form, the sparkle and the opulence, a touching thought emerges... How many hours did it take the jeweller, tucked away in the workshop, to set these stones one by one, line by line, row by row? With infinite patience, a work of perfect harmony was assembled in which the appearance of the smallest defect would mean starting all over again from the beginning.
Jeweller’s work on the structure of the necklace around the 15.29-carat intense red ruby from Africa
Central necklace design around the 15.29-carat intense red ruby from Africa
Detail of the 15.29-carat intense red ruby from Africa necklace without its ruby choker
Necklace around the 15.29-carat intense red ruby from Africa without its ruby choker
In the workshops. Cartier - Biennale de Paris, 2014
But an ideal drawing and technique on their own are not enough; the jeweller’s craftsmanship and unique personal expertise must come into play to bring a human element to the piece. Thus, it is not surprising that it has an emotional effect, and this magnificent jewellery creation made with the most precious stones, seems to beat like a heart.
Jane Fonda wearing the Cartier Reine Makéda necklace at the 2015 Cannes Film Festiva
It is a necklace with real character, made in the Cartier tradition of transformable jewellery: the ruby sphere choker can be detached, giving way to an array of diamonds.